H&W pubs seek funds after closure of soft drinks production line

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Soft drinks, Blandford forum, Hall & woodhouse

Tenants at Hall & Woodhouse pubs in Dorset are hoping for further investment following the closure of the company's loss-making soft drinks...

Tenants at Hall & Woodhouse pubs in Dorset are hoping for further investment following the closure of the company's loss-making soft drinks production line.

The brewer, previously one of the biggest employers in Dorset, is ceasing canning and PET soft drinks production at its site in Blandford St Mary, with the loss of 220 jobs. Production of the soft drinks will in future be outsourced.

Bob Barbour, licensee of the Damory Oak Inn in nearby Blandford Forum, said: "It's very sad. I have a good 10 to 12 locals who work there and it's a big shame what's gone on.

"But I think in all the years the soft drinks side has been going it has rarely turned a profit. Now they are cutting their losses they may spend more on the pub side."

Heather Campbell, the licensee at the Three Choughs, also in Blandford Forum, said: "It's very sad for the people involved, but I don't believe it will have too much effect on the pubs."

Hall & Woodhouse has a 270-strong pub estate stretching from Kent and London to the South and South West and is best known for its Tanglefoot beer brand.

Related articles:

Hall & Woodhouse sheds 220 jobs (29 October 2004)

Related topics: Other operators

Property of the week

Follow us

Pub Trade Guides

View more