Much-loved Plymouth pub announces sad closure

Tony Upton-Webb and assistant manager, Georgia Cassidy at The Grenville
-Credit: (Image: Katie Oborn)


A treasured Plymouth pub is closing despite locals putting up a fight to stop it being turned into flats. The current team have announced with a “heavy heart” that after seven years serving the community it’s time to close the doors - for the final time.

The Grenville pub has served the St Judes area of Plymouth for decades, but recently the owner, Andrew Cotterell put in a planning application to turn the pub into flats. Now, a final farewell celebration to “toast the good times” will take place this Saturday (June 8).

Local residents have already expressed their sadness at the announcement of the “terrible news”. The much-valued pub has been a “vital” part of the close-knit community surrounding it - serving as a hub for generations of families.

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An announcement on The Grenville pub’s Facebook page reads: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of The Grenville on Saturday 8th June. After seven wonderful years of serving our community, the time has come for us to close our doors.

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported us over the years. Your loyalty and friendship have meant the world to us, and we cherish the memories we've made together.

“Please join us for a final farewell celebration on Saturday 8th June as we toast to the good times and the incredible people who have made The Grenville a special place. Thank you once again for your support. We hope to see you all one last time.”

Plymouth pub, the Grenville dates back to the 1800s
Plymouth pub, the Grenville dates back to the 1800s -Credit:Katie Oborn

Many residents have been desperate to save the venue as it is the “heart of the community”. One member of staff at the pub, Tony Upton-Webb, started a petition to try and save it from development and has so far had 650 signatures.

The planning application, published on the Plymouth City Council website, had 30 objections. Concerned residents commented on The Grenville being a “community asset” with one pointing out that it’s the “only pub in the whole of the St Judes and Prince Rock area”.

Jay Urquhart commented on the Facebook post, he wrote: “Thank you for all the support and opportunities over the years. I'm really gonna miss this place, such sad news.”

Al Wallers wrote: “This is terrible news for everyone associated with this great little pub. I am personally gonna miss this place very much.”

Susan Lock wrote: “Really sad news, gutting for the local community. Best wishes to all of you.”

Mike Turner wrote: “Long live the memories of Grenny Friday.”

The status of the planning application is awaiting decision. In April, when the planning application was submitted, the council said it would “consider all feedback received in preparing their recommendations”.

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