9 Gwent pubs that have stopped being pubs

South Wales Argus: 9 Gwent pubs that have stopped being pubs 9 Gwent pubs that have stopped being pubs

TIME has been called on another Gwent pub after we revealed Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher in Caldicot was set to become housing.

We know that these stories have sparked a lot of interest - so as you cry into your beer, here are eight places in Gwent that will serve no more.

1.Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher, Caldicot

Wednesday 30 April 2014

AN EIGHTEENTH century Caldicot pub could be turned into housing if planning approval is granted.

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2. Angel Hotel, Caerleon

Thursday 16 May 2013

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s was forging ahead with controversial plans to open a store in Caerleon.

DEMOLITION: Work to convert the former Angel Hotel into a Sainsbury's store

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3. Golden Harvest, Cwmbran

Saturday 11 April 2009

TESCO was set to convert the former Golden Harvest pub in Ty Gwyn Road, Greenmeadow into a new Express store, after agreeing to comply with nearby residents’ wishes.

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4. Black Horse Inn, Newport

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A DERELICT pub that was the focus of a row over a new convenience store in Newport is to be demolished.

Tesco had wanted to open a store in the Black Horse Inn, Somerton Road, and had won a planning appeal to after permission to put in a new shop front was refused.

The Black Horse Inn, Somerton Road

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5. Corporation Hotel, Newport

Thursday 11th March 2010

PLANS to turn a Newport hotel into flats were approved by the city council despite nearly 200 objections from residents.

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6. Britannia Inn, Abergavenny

Thursday, 12 January 2012

A FORMER public house in Abergavenny could reopen as an opticians. vAndrew Sutton, of Specsavers opticians on Frogmore Street, is hoping planners will allow him to move his business into the former Britannia Inn, Frogmore Street, which he bought last year.

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7. Old Rising Sun, Newport

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

A NEWPORT building left empty for years finally opened its doors to the public as an Indian restaurant last year.

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8. King William IV, Newport

Monday 11 November 2013

AN HISTORIC Newport pub, The King William IV, was being turned into apartments last year.

CONVERSION: The former King William IV pub in Commercial Street is to be converted into flats.

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9. The King, Newport

A PUB once described as "magnificent" and rich in history but left deserted in recent years was bought for £140,000.

Tuesday 14th May 2013

The King pub, in Somerton Road, Newport

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Map showing Gwent's ex-pubs:

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2:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

DavidMclean says...

In 30 years time, those of us still alive will be boring our grandchildren about things called 'pubs and clubs' where we used to socialise when we were younger. It will all seem very quaint and odd to them, in the same way that it seems quaint and odd to us that our grandparents used to go on charabanc trips with the entire village.

We will tell them how we met our wives / husbands - 'our eyes met across a crowded room' - and they will tell us how they 'chose' theirs by simply ticking preferences on an online dating site.

Every street corner will have a Tesco or a Sainsburys and that's where people who can still afford alcohol will buy it, and they will drink it basically alone in their own houses. It will no longer be a social lubricant - it will purely be a drug.

Arsenal will STILL not have achieved a higher finish that 4th in the Premiership.
In 30 years time, those of us still alive will be boring our grandchildren about things called 'pubs and clubs' where we used to socialise when we were younger. It will all seem very quaint and odd to them, in the same way that it seems quaint and odd to us that our grandparents used to go on charabanc trips with the entire village. We will tell them how we met our wives / husbands - 'our eyes met across a crowded room' - and they will tell us how they 'chose' theirs by simply ticking preferences on an online dating site. Every street corner will have a Tesco or a Sainsburys and that's where people who can still afford alcohol will buy it, and they will drink it basically alone in their own houses. It will no longer be a social lubricant - it will purely be a drug. Arsenal will STILL not have achieved a higher finish that 4th in the Premiership. DavidMclean
  • Score: 35

2:23pm Wed 30 Apr 14

musicmaker730 says...

yeah and i remember Vic Bowers landlord of the Winning Horse pub on Shaftesbury st ,giving out free bottles of beer to the troops of the ex force marching from malpas to the docks to be shipped to ????. that was in 1938.
we lived next door joining in with everyone else waving union jacks
yeah and i remember Vic Bowers landlord of the Winning Horse pub on Shaftesbury st ,giving out free bottles of beer to the troops of the ex force marching from malpas to the docks to be shipped to ????. that was in 1938. we lived next door joining in with everyone else waving union jacks musicmaker730
  • Score: 6

3:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

inkyskin says...

the church house on stow hill ( formerly the six bells ) to be converted into flats, The hereford arms maindee is apparently going to be flats
the church house on stow hill ( formerly the six bells ) to be converted into flats, The hereford arms maindee is apparently going to be flats inkyskin
  • Score: 7

5:49pm Wed 30 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

Once we can all get into a self driving car, the previous owners of all those pubs, almost certainly closed due to the drink driving law, will be crying in their beer as drivers will be able to crawl to their cars, and program then to go wherever, without fear of the law.

Drunk in charge will be a very hard to prove case in court.

Time to take back those vacant pubs maybe?
Once we can all get into a self driving car, the previous owners of all those pubs, almost certainly closed due to the drink driving law, will be crying in their beer as drivers will be able to crawl to their cars, and program then to go wherever, without fear of the law. Drunk in charge will be a very hard to prove case in court. Time to take back those vacant pubs maybe? varteg1
  • Score: -14

6:58pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Independentvoter says...

Not everyone drinks alcohol - Newport has always had too many pubs
Not everyone drinks alcohol - Newport has always had too many pubs Independentvoter
  • Score: 4

8:06pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Magor says...

How many new pubs have opened? Several Wetherspoons and a couple of Marstons I can think of.
How many new pubs have opened? Several Wetherspoons and a couple of Marstons I can think of. Magor
  • Score: 7

10:29am Thu 1 May 14

Abertillery29 says...

No one has mentioned yet how the real villain in most of these closures is UK government policy in relation to taxation of alcohol.. We have gone from Mr Blairs' vision of a 'continental' out look towards drinking to people drinking more at home simply because in many cases they cannot afford pub prices. You may not agree with the owner of J D Wetherspoons on many things but it is worth reading his articles on taxation of alcohol and its long term affect on public houses as we know them.
No one has mentioned yet how the real villain in most of these closures is UK government policy in relation to taxation of alcohol.. We have gone from Mr Blairs' vision of a 'continental' out look towards drinking to people drinking more at home simply because in many cases they cannot afford pub prices. You may not agree with the owner of J D Wetherspoons on many things but it is worth reading his articles on taxation of alcohol and its long term affect on public houses as we know them. Abertillery29
  • Score: -8

12:36pm Thu 1 May 14

Floppy backed says...

Sadly, poorly run, smelly, disgusting toilets, poor quality alcohol - may suit the bingers but some people like to relax in lovely surroundings, drinking a glass of fine wine or bubbly, micro brewery stuff etc. You travel around and lovely pubs do exist but mainly good ones end up as gastro pubs which start off serving fantastic food then it plummets.

There is no where in Newport I would want to drink really it just lacks sophistication.
Sadly, poorly run, smelly, disgusting toilets, poor quality alcohol - may suit the bingers but some people like to relax in lovely surroundings, drinking a glass of fine wine or bubbly, micro brewery stuff etc. You travel around and lovely pubs do exist but mainly good ones end up as gastro pubs which start off serving fantastic food then it plummets. There is no where in Newport I would want to drink really it just lacks sophistication. Floppy backed
  • Score: 16

1:09pm Thu 1 May 14

Templar05 says...

Floppy backed wrote:
Sadly, poorly run, smelly, disgusting toilets, poor quality alcohol - may suit the bingers but some people like to relax in lovely surroundings, drinking a glass of fine wine or bubbly, micro brewery stuff etc. You travel around and lovely pubs do exist but mainly good ones end up as gastro pubs which start off serving fantastic food then it plummets.

There is no where in Newport I would want to drink really it just lacks sophistication.
As being originally from Newport, but now live in Canada , I came back to Newport from 2004-2008 ,and did notice a huge difference in quality of pubs . The biggest turn off, were the toilets . But I did meet a lot of friendly people. Newport has a lot to offer and the history is incredible ,only if it can turn it self around, and step up a few notches in the quality of its drinking establishments . Newport will always be my home ...Yaki Da!
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: Sadly, poorly run, smelly, disgusting toilets, poor quality alcohol - may suit the bingers but some people like to relax in lovely surroundings, drinking a glass of fine wine or bubbly, micro brewery stuff etc. You travel around and lovely pubs do exist but mainly good ones end up as gastro pubs which start off serving fantastic food then it plummets. There is no where in Newport I would want to drink really it just lacks sophistication.[/p][/quote]As being originally from Newport, but now live in Canada , I came back to Newport from 2004-2008 ,and did notice a huge difference in quality of pubs . The biggest turn off, were the toilets . But I did meet a lot of friendly people. Newport has a lot to offer and the history is incredible ,only if it can turn it self around, and step up a few notches in the quality of its drinking establishments . Newport will always be my home ...Yaki Da! Templar05
  • Score: 10

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