Arkell’s Brewery announces 'first new pub' for 15 years

By Fred A'Court

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Architects on board: Arkell’s new pub will overlook fields where football and cricket will be played
Architects on board: Arkell’s new pub will overlook fields where football and cricket will be played
Wiltshire brewery Arkell’s is to build its first new pub in more than a dozen years on a farm site earmarked for more than 1,800 houses.

Land has been bought in a confidential deal by the brewery from Crest Nicholson in north Swindon where the property developer is to create Tadpole Garden Village.

Arkell’s has appointed architects Clark & Maslin to design the new pub and hope to be able to submit ideas to Swindon Council planners later this year.

Pub for the community

Brewery spokeswoman Nicky Godding said: “It will be a pub for the community. It will be on a gorgeous site overlooking fields where football and cricket will be played.”

As well as houses, the new development will include shops, a primary school and community sports facilities.

The brewery hopes to start building on the site in early 2019 with a view to opening the pub at the end of next year.

Hub for activities

Brewery director George Arkell said: “We’ve been rooted in Swindon for 175 years, and it’s great to be able to make this announcement in our special anniversary year.

“Tadpole Garden Village is an enormous project and our new pub will not only offer residents a place to socialise but will also provide the community with a vital hub for local activities.”

The brewery has 93 pubs, mainly in Wiltshire but some in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Arkell’s last built a pub in 2003, the Tawny Owl at Taw Hill, which is also in Swindon.

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