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Purton Stoke pub has reason to cheer as Tadpole bridge is reopened

A COUPLE running a pub near Blunsdon Railway will raise a toast to the reopening of a bridge that makes it easier for customers to pop in for a pint.

The Bell stands to gain when Tadpole Bridge, which has been closed for seven months, is reopened to the public on February 1.

Jason and Jackie Pritchett have run The Bell at Purton Stoke for five years and are hoping that North Swindon will once again take to its cars and come and visit, as it is less than four miles away.

“We’ve missed some customers as it was a long detour to get to us,” Jackie said.

“Now the bridge will soon be open again and we can’t wait to welcome them back.”

These customers might see a few changes to their liking. Arkell’s Brewery, which owns the pub, has recently added a new skittle alley, which Jackie says is a huge success.

“We’ve got our own pub skittles team, and a lot of other teams including the VWH Hunt that base themselves here at the pub,” she said.

“Skittles nights have a great atmosphere.”

Arkell’s has also made use of the field behind the pub and The Bell now has hard standing for caravans and plenty of space for caravan rallies.

“These days, village pubs have to work hard to attract customers, so when Tadpole Bridge closed we knew it could affect us,” said Jackie.

“Luckily we have a loyal group of customers from Purton Stoke, Cricklade, Purton and Cirencester, but we sometimes want to stand outside the pub and call out ‘stop by and buy a pint’ because I know when they do, they’ll be back again and again.”

Brewery director George Arkell, said: ‘”The re-opening of Tadpole Bridge should really benefit the pub especially as Jason and Jackie are fantastic landlords who’ve made The Bell a wonderful, warm and welcoming place to visit.”

The Victorian bridge, which is the subject of a preservation order, was found to be more complex in its construction than first thought, leading it to be closed for months.

The lane has been shut between the Oakhurst roundabout and the B4553 since May 2012.

Repairs have been carried out on the bridges that carry the road over the River Ray and the Swindon and Cricklade railway.

It had originally been hoped to complete the work by the end of 2012.

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11:17am Fri 25 Jan 13

beach1e says...

id think a reason not to visit the pub would be having the hunt there. after all , the hunt think its a sport to chase and kill for their own perverse pleasure.
id think a reason not to visit the pub would be having the hunt there. after all , the hunt think its a sport to chase and kill for their own perverse pleasure. beach1e
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11:35am Fri 25 Jan 13

greenpacer says...

I think having Arkells beer there would be a good reason not to visit the pub. Unless they have their other brews there. I don't like three and two B's. yuk !
I think having Arkells beer there would be a good reason not to visit the pub. Unless they have their other brews there. I don't like three and two B's. yuk ! greenpacer
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9:33pm Fri 25 Jan 13

The Jockster says...

greenpacer wrote:
I think having Arkells beer there would be a good reason not to visit the pub. Unless they have their other brews there. I don't like three and two B's. yuk !
Ignoring the cretinous hunt comment, I am not either pro or anti hunting, Jason & Jackie have a right to earn income from anyone who wants to use their premises.

I do have some sympathy with Greenpacers comments and I speak as somebody who was weaned on BBB which over the years has either deteriorated as a brew or has been overtaken by superior alternatives such as 6x London Pride Timothy Taylor Rev James and many others. I think the latter is true. Arkells haven't moved with the times although their Noel & Gold brews are passable but sometimes only available seasonally or not in all their pubs.

George Arkell would no doubt vigorously defend the brew quality but I'm sure all their landlords would see an increase in trade if the base product was better.

I am an occasional visitor to the Bell usually when they have Helena Softley playing live and J & J are friendly hosts working hard to earn a living in a trade where pubs are going under in droves. Good luck to them hunt or no hunt.
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: I think having Arkells beer there would be a good reason not to visit the pub. Unless they have their other brews there. I don't like three and two B's. yuk ![/p][/quote]Ignoring the cretinous hunt comment, I am not either pro or anti hunting, Jason & Jackie have a right to earn income from anyone who wants to use their premises. I do have some sympathy with Greenpacers comments and I speak as somebody who was weaned on BBB which over the years has either deteriorated as a brew or has been overtaken by superior alternatives such as 6x London Pride Timothy Taylor Rev James and many others. I think the latter is true. Arkells haven't moved with the times although their Noel & Gold brews are passable but sometimes only available seasonally or not in all their pubs. George Arkell would no doubt vigorously defend the brew quality but I'm sure all their landlords would see an increase in trade if the base product was better. I am an occasional visitor to the Bell usually when they have Helena Softley playing live and J & J are friendly hosts working hard to earn a living in a trade where pubs are going under in droves. Good luck to them hunt or no hunt. The Jockster
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10:48am Sat 26 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

Like all things in life beer is a matter of choice. I think I read somewhere that Arkells own product sales increased last year ahead of expectation, with operating profits up 20%.

In todays market conditions such an increase has to be applauded.

God luck to these tenants.
Like all things in life beer is a matter of choice. I think I read somewhere that Arkells own product sales increased last year ahead of expectation, with operating profits up 20%. In todays market conditions such an increase has to be applauded. God luck to these tenants. RichardR1
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