Owner of historic pub tells of plans
The new owner of an historic village pub has spoken about his plans to restore the building.
Patrick Sherry, who has spent four decades working with the National Trust on historic buildings and gardens, has bought the Packhorse at South Stoke.
Mr Sherry, who lives in Bath, first visited the 17th century pub, which has been closed by its previous owner Punch Taverns in 1968.
Restoration work will take place over the next 18 months, with the intention of returning to the original farmhouse floor plan of having two main rooms on each floor.
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Villagers are keen to see the pub reopened but Mr Sherry, who was educated at what is now St Gregory’s School, has bought the building without a licence.
He bought the pub at the full contract price in a three-way arrangement with Punch Taverns and surveyor Bob Goodman after Mr Goodman was unable to complete his own purchase of the property.
There was another offer to take over Mr Goodman’s contract, but at a lower price.
Mr Sherry has met members of the action committee trying to get the pub reopened.
A statement issued on his behalf said: “Respecting Southstoke’s peace and tranquillity, he trusts that it will continue, and looks forward to being an active member of the community.”