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Time, please, ladies and gentleman, at the Snooty Fox

It's all change at popular town centre watering hole

John Garvey


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Time, please, ladies and gentleman, at the Snooty Fox

IT’S time at the bar at one of Newbury’s landmark pubs as the Snooty Fox has closed.

The Bartholomew Street watering hole was a popular late-night destination known for promoting live music and other entertainment over the years.

It served its last drink on Sunday.

Former manager Sherrieann Stephenson said on social media: “We all have our memories about the Snooty Fox and I wouldn’t know where to begin when telling mine – met some of the best people on the planet in that building and also met some fantastic oddballs as well.

“My staff were my world and couldn’t have done any of it without them, so thank you; also the family of punters that we collected along the way... we have to many memories to share.”

In October, the Newbury Weekly News reported on plans to convert the pub into a craft beer house by the Star Pubs & Bars company.

As part of the planned renovation, it is proposed that the pub returns to its former name of The Globe Inn.

On its website, Star Pubs & Bars says: “Transformational refurbishment works are planned and, once complete, the venue will be a vibrant, on-trend pub, characterised by a contemporary, stripped-back design.

“During the day it will give a coffee house vibe, and at night it will transform into a cool, craft beer house.

“With a nod to its rich history and heritage, the pub’s name will be returned to The Globe Inn, as it was known before it became the Snooty Fox.”

It adds: “Internally, post-refurbishment, the pub will include a casual bar area where friends can enjoy drinks and light bites to eat, a stripped-back bar area with a good-sized gathering area and a snug area perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy drinks in a private setting.

“There will also be a catering kitchen and the site has room for 50 covers.

“Externally, there will be an attractive outside area, including new furniture that can comfortably sit 12 covers.”

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  • anorak

    01/02/2018 - 15:03

    So The Globe is going to be 'on-trend' and 'cool', whereas the refurbished Dolphin is going to have a 'retro' Public Bar, Lounge Bar and Snug. God I hate Marketing speak! Back in the day, a pub was a pub, and the only theme was having a good drink and a good laugh. I'm looking forward to it though; has to be an improvement.


    • Bombey

      02/02/2018 - 10:10

      Marketing brand ambassador for Star Pubs & Bars said " we are looking to capture that 70s feel, from back in the bay a pub was pub, with that 'throw back' feel, complete with misogynistic landlord, no kinds of lager & both kinds of wine, pickled eggs floating in a cloudy liquor, where the only woman in the place will be the naked one on the Big D peanut display card, where the only food will be pork scratchings, where the off pastel yellow decor isn't a conscious design choice but cigarette staining, with a 8ft long Shanks urinal complete with toxic Jeyes 'sanitary' cubes which the landlord will replace annually....


      • MrWhiskers

        02/02/2018 - 16:04

        Or as they were otherwise known "the good old days".


    • NoisyNortherner

      01/02/2018 - 16:04

      Unfortunately for pub chains, going out is no longer the draw it once was. A night out eats into increasingly stretched funds, and there's never been more to compete for your time.


  • __Andy__

    01/02/2018 - 13:01

    Transformational refurbishment works are planned and, once complete, the venue will be a vibrant, on-trend pub, characterised by a contemporary, stripped-back design" did make me laugh :D


  • NoisyNortherner

    01/02/2018 - 09:09

    "On-trend", "Cool", shooting for the hipster crowd then? It's a shame that the number of live band venues in Newbury takes another hit.


    • Bombey

      01/02/2018 - 09:09

      'Hipsters' don't listen to live music I take it...


      • Lynncw

        01/02/2018 - 10:10

        I think noisynortherner was making two separate points there... the article makes no mention of live music after the refurb


        • NoisyNortherner

          01/02/2018 - 12:12

          Exactly right, probably could have made that a bit clearer.