GREEN Party members are thrilled at the news that an Old Town pub with which they share a name is back in business.
The Green Man in Tachbrook Street – one of Leamington’s earlier purpose-built public houses - came close to being destroyed late last year after closing in August.
But, on hearing that Warwick District Council were to consider an application to demolish the building, new owners swooped in, bought it and re-opened it as a freehold just before Christmas - much to the cheer of the Warwick and Leamington Green Party, whose members have been encouraging Old Town people to support the establishment’s reopening.
South Leamington representative for the party Jonathan Chilvers said: “We used to use the Green Man on a monthly basis for sessions with the public. We’re trying to make it work as a community pub and I’m delighted that we have a second chance now that it has reopened again.”
The new owners Babs Kandola, Kul Dhesi and Kam Dhesi have kept Lynn Unitt on as licensee, who managed the pub before it closed and was owned by the Charles Wells brewery.
Mr Chilvers said: “It’s a pub which fits in with the area in terms of how it looks and feels. It was under-used before, but I am hopeful that people will use it now that it came so close to closing.”
Although the pub may have not enjoyed so much trade in recent times, it has long been a popular fixture in Old Town. Leamington historian Allan Jennings, who has been researching the history of pubs in the town, has found out that the original Green Man, which was trading as early as 1833 was in Grove Place down the road, before it was demolished and re-built as the New Green Man at its current location under the managemend of Frederick Hopkins in 1927. At one time it incorporated a Chinese restaurant.