Pub offers free takeaways to families in need

The Crown Inn pub

A pub in Keynsham is handing out free takeaways to families in need.

The Crown Inn announced on their Facebook page today they had made 100 free takeaway meals and free lunch to take home.

In their post they said: "You don't need to buy anything and we won't ask questions. Just pop in and say hi".

Figures have shown the use of food banks and related services are on the rise.

The Trussell Trust charity said last year it saw a 13% increase in food packages needed for "people in crisis".

Village pub plans criticised by campaigners

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

A planning application to refurbish a village pub and build an extension to house nine flats has been criticised by campaigners.

The Royal Oak in Crawley Down closed down in 2015 despite the efforts of campaigners.

Now an application has been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council to demolish the pub’s single-storey extensions and an outbuilding, and to replace them with three-storey side and rear extensions.

One flat will be used by the landlord, while the others will be made up of two one-bedroom and six two-bedroom homes.

There will be parking spaces for nine cars.

A spokesman from campaign group Save The Pub said: “It is not possible to say whether the pub will work with a smaller footprint, no beer garden, no parking and surrounded by eight flats whose residents may not appreciate live bands, quizzes and beer festivals, all of which help make a pub viable.”

A decision is expected by 9 September.

The exterior of the Royal Oak pub
The pub, which closed in 2015, would be refurbished under the plans

Slug and Lettuce owner in £3bn pub deal


Stonegate Pub, which owns the Slug and Lettuce pub chain, is buying Ei- once known as Enterprise Inns - for £1.3bn.

Ei is the largest owner of pubs in the UK with over 4,000 properties across England and Wales.

Private equity-owned Stonegate is a managed pub company and has a national estate of over 765 outlets and began life in November 2010 following the acquisition by Stonegate of 333 pubs from Mitchells & Butlers.

The deal is priced at 285p-a-share - 38.5% premium on the share price on Wednesday night. Including debt, the bid values Ei at £3bn.

Robert Walker, chairman of Ei, said: "The commercial benefits of combining the companies are compelling. Stonegate is committed to continuing to invest in the business for the future benefit of the combined business, tenants and employees".