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Threatened river pub may be saved

The Jolly Angler
The Jolly Angler closed on 16 June

A Berkshire riverside pub that was shut with one day's notice in June could reopen after a campaign by residents.

There have been fears the Jolly Angler in Reading would be turned into flats after owners Enterprise Inns sold it with a restrictive covenant.

A 10-year tenancy deal is now being discussed by new owners West Berkshire Brewery and the landlord.

Once that is signed, the Newtown pub - built by biscuit makers Huntley and Palmers 150 years ago - could reopen.

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, took part in the campaign to save the pub.

He said: "This is great news and a great success for our campaign to keep the Jolly Anglers as a pub."



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