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Three Bells in Hordle becomes exclusive to Premier Inn customers only

FOREST villagers have been kicked out of their local pub after it became exclusive to Premier Inn customers.

The Three Bells made the change on Friday, with some employees choosing to leave. A member of staff told the A&T: “As from Friday we will be a Premier Inn and not a pub anymore. Food and drinks will only be available to residents.

“Most of the staff are being retained but some have decided to leave and work elsewhere. We are looking forward to the change and continuing our good level of service.”

The Three Bells at Hordle will become exclusive to Premier Inn customers
The Three Bells at Hordle will become exclusive to Premier Inn customers

According to an online post, an email was sent to groups which hold regular meetings at the Silver Street pub earlier this week telling them of the change.

Brewers Fayre announced: “We are writing to let you know that we’ve announced plans to make changes at some of our restaurants, and unfortunately Three Bells, Brewers Fayre in Lymington will be changing to a Premier Inn restaurant and will only service those staying in the hotel after 5th July.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.”

Regular customers reacted with dismay to the news with one saying: “I have been going there for years and take all the family. Always had good food, able to walk to it, so this is going to be really bad.”

One said: “Really sad to hear this. Have been a regular there for years,” with another adding: “We enjoyed going there as it was nice and local.”

One customer said: “Just had a last meal there with friends, been my local for years. Easy, safe walking distance. I can remember when the saloon bar was at the front, separate lounge bar at the back, it's going to be sorely missed by many.”

Another said: “We’ve been going there in its different incarnations for at least 30 years. Bit sad to see yet another pub gone .”

One angry customer added: “Disgusting move from a company that doesn’t care about local communities.

“I have fond memories over 30-plus years of this place, from the old play area, the rabbits, Charlie Chalk, family gatherings and more.”

In April Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre, announced that it was aiming to slash its chain of restaurants by over 200.

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