Wetherspoons threatens to sue Welsh pub over its sign

-Credit: (Image: Google Maps)
-Credit: (Image: Google Maps)


JD Wetherspoon has threatened to sue a Welsh pub over its sign. The Pen-Y-Bont Inn in Abergele, which has no link to JD Wetherspoon, had placed a sign on its building which read: “Wetherspoons Limited.”

Wetherspoons Limited, which was displayed on the pub's sign until the sign was altered on Thursday, was incorporated as a company in February and has an active status on Companies House. Before the sign was edited on Thursday Sir Tim Martin, the owner of JD Wetherspoon, said his company had planned to take Wetherspoons Limited to court over the matter.

Sir Tim told the Telegraph earlier this week: “Despite a number of requests to the pub’s owners to remove the reference to Wetherspoons, they refused and we have therefore had to issue court proceedings.” But JD Wetherspoon said on Thursday that it had “received confirmation that the signage has been altered”.

How the pub's signs looked when it underwent a rebrand - these have now gone -Credit:David Powell/NorthWalesLive
How the pub's signs looked when it underwent a rebrand - these have now gone -Credit:David Powell/NorthWalesLive

The Pen-Y-Bont Inn hasn’t been short of controversy in recent times, having been boycotted by some locals earlier this year for changing its name from the Pen-Y-Bont Inn to The Bridge Head. Although a spokesperson for the pub has since said the old name has now been restored, NorthWalesLive reports.

When the pub’s new signage first appeared in March, local residents argued the name change was betraying the country’s heritage. Although new signage displayed its original name underneath, in much smaller writing, the decision was labelled “atrocious” and widely derided. A Pen-Y-Bont Inn spokesperson said: “The pub has been taken back in hand by the owner and everything is back as it used to be. The Pen-Y-Bont has gone back to being the old Pen-Y-Bont.”