Save The Regent – Walton on Thames
Save The Regent – Walton on Thames
The Regent on Church Street, Walton-on-Thames is one of the area’s most popular pubs, run since 1994 by the JD Wetherspoon chain. It was originally the Regent cinema dating from the 1920s and, more recently a furniture shop. The pub is renowned for its beer range, quality and value for money, as testified by its many years in the Good Beer Guide. It is also a popular venue for locals seeking an affordable place to eat out or grab a quick coffee. Unfortunately, Wetherspoons have now decided they wish to sell the Regent, along with a number of other pubs around the country.
Whilst many local pubs are increasingly focusing on high end food and premium drinks, the Regent offers exceptional value for money along with a warm welcome for all – and if it closed it would be sorely missed.
The local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have therefore started an online petition to persuade Wetherspoons that the Regent has a bright future as a pub, and closing it would remove a vital local asset that many rely on for eating out, meeting friends or simply enjoying a quiet drink. The petition can be signed using the link below – and I would urge as many of you as possible to sign it in the hope that we can continue to enjoy this unique venue:
We are also looking into listing the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with Elmbridge council. An ACV is land or property of importance to a local community which is subject to additional protection from development under the Localism Act 2011. – It provides an extra level of protection for any local amenities – but particularly pubs – and although it does not prevent pubs closing, it does give an extra layer for developers to consider.
About the Kingston & Leatherhead CAMRA branch
CAMRA’s Kingston & Leatherhead (K&L) branch covers a wide area of the Kingston, Elmbridge, Epsom and the Mole Valley areas, and has over 1,000 members locally. We host monthly branch meetings, as well as numerous social events & brewery trips. As well as the social side, we focus strongly on trying to save pubs, and a pub close to a lot of people’s hearts in the local area is now under threat
If you would like to contact the branch and come along to meet up for a drink, please do visit our website below, where our meetings and social events are listed.
Or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; we are always looking for new active members to come along and help support pubs and drinkers.
CAMRA, (the Campaign for Real Ale) is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights. Formed in March 1971 by four men from the north-west who were disillusioned by the domination of the UK beer market by a handful of companies pushing products of low flavour and overall quality onto the consumer.
Today CAMRA has grown into the largest single issue consumer organisation in the UK, with close to 180 000 members covering all areas of the country. Real Ale – that is beer that is served naturally from a cask under no external pressure – has become commonplace in many pubs, much of that is put down to the work of the early CAMRA pioneers.
Since CAMRA’s formation the number of breweries in the UK has increased exponentially, to the point where there are now over 1,200 – and that number is growing by the day. The focus has now switched to trying to save pubs from closure – which is still happening at an alarming rate of 27 per week. – Well run pubs play a pivotal role in local communities, but are increasingly under threat of demolition or being converted to another use by large developers.
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