Owners of Caerleon pub, The Bell Inn, say they're staying open

Pictured outside the Bell Inn are staff and owners from left Lee Taylor, Rickie Ash and Lee Selway. (8399851)

Pictured outside the Bell Inn are staff and owners from left Lee Taylor, Rickie Ash and Lee Selway. (8399851)

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OWNERS of a Newport pub have hit back at speculation that it is set to close.

Joint owners Lee Taylor, 41 of Pontypool, and Lee Selway, 45, of The Bell Inn, in Caerleon, have grown frustrated with persistent rumours that the pub is to call time ever since they opened their second business venture, the New Court Hotel, Usk, some 18 months ago.

Mr Taylor appealed to the Argus to set the record straight and reassure customers that the pub is here to stay.

“The rumours started around 18 months ago when we started the New Court Hotel in Usk,” he said.

“People have been contacting us asking whether we are going to become a Toby Carvery or a Chinese restaurant.

“We have turned to Facebook and Twitter to set the record straight.

“We have lost around 10 percent of our trade from this.

“We have been here for six years and want the public to know we are not going anywhere.”

Writing on Twitter, Mr Taylor said: “Since purchasing the New Court Hotel in Usk some 18 months ago there has been wild speculation and vicious rumours that we are closed, closing, selling, sold, moved to Usk, converting upstairs into a B&B and the latest pearl today: ‘Oh, you’re still open then, aren’t you becoming a Toby Carvery?’

“To say I’m utterly exasperated is an understatement.

“We have never had any problems to leave The Bell in the past or the future. We love it too much and have worked too hard to walk away.

“There have been a lot of changes to licensed premises in Caerleon, but rest assured Lee and Lee are here to stay.”

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7:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

Gasguy says...

Of course it's not going to shut, anyone who is lucky enough to visit this pub will clearly see its run with passion and commitment from each and every member of staff, is clean and tidy and has a constant flow of polite and welcoming patrons. This is a far cry from the type of pub that is inevitably run into the ground before eventually closing.
Quality pubs and restaurants like this should be supported and encouraged as they are few and far between. I have no affiliation with The Bell other than I live nearby and visit quite regularly whilst walking my Spaniel, obviously my Dog insists on us calling in for a cider as we are passing, happy Dog happy life!
Keep it up everyone at The Bell, your doing a **** good job.
Of course it's not going to shut, anyone who is lucky enough to visit this pub will clearly see its run with passion and commitment from each and every member of staff, is clean and tidy and has a constant flow of polite and welcoming patrons. This is a far cry from the type of pub that is inevitably run into the ground before eventually closing. Quality pubs and restaurants like this should be supported and encouraged as they are few and far between. I have no affiliation with The Bell other than I live nearby and visit quite regularly whilst walking my Spaniel, obviously my Dog insists on us calling in for a cider as we are passing, happy Dog happy life! Keep it up everyone at The Bell, your doing a **** good job. Gasguy
  • Score: 30

1:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sperduti says...

Gasguy wrote:
Of course it's not going to shut, anyone who is lucky enough to visit this pub will clearly see its run with passion and commitment from each and every member of staff, is clean and tidy and has a constant flow of polite and welcoming patrons. This is a far cry from the type of pub that is inevitably run into the ground before eventually closing.
Quality pubs and restaurants like this should be supported and encouraged as they are few and far between. I have no affiliation with The Bell other than I live nearby and visit quite regularly whilst walking my Spaniel, obviously my Dog insists on us calling in for a cider as we are passing, happy Dog happy life!
Keep it up everyone at The Bell, your doing a **** good job.
well lets hope this will now get more people to visit ! there were rumours too about J28 restaurant closing but it isn't am so pleased to say!!
[quote][p][bold]Gasguy[/bold] wrote: Of course it's not going to shut, anyone who is lucky enough to visit this pub will clearly see its run with passion and commitment from each and every member of staff, is clean and tidy and has a constant flow of polite and welcoming patrons. This is a far cry from the type of pub that is inevitably run into the ground before eventually closing. Quality pubs and restaurants like this should be supported and encouraged as they are few and far between. I have no affiliation with The Bell other than I live nearby and visit quite regularly whilst walking my Spaniel, obviously my Dog insists on us calling in for a cider as we are passing, happy Dog happy life! Keep it up everyone at The Bell, your doing a **** good job.[/p][/quote]well lets hope this will now get more people to visit ! there were rumours too about J28 restaurant closing but it isn't am so pleased to say!! sperduti
  • Score: 7

2:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

displayed says...

Its the dirty tricks brigade (in the restaurant trade) at work.............

Play the game chaps, play the game.
Its the dirty tricks brigade (in the restaurant trade) at work............. Play the game chaps, play the game. displayed
  • Score: 8

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