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New lease of life for Brighton pub
The new owner of a popular pub and music venue has said he will look to continue to run the pub in the tradition of its previous owners.
Nathan Wright has taken over at The Greys in Southover Street, Brighton, and will reopen it tomorrow (November 3) at noon.
Previous licensees Chris Beaumont and Gill Perkins called time on their stay at the pub they had run for nine years after failing to agree new terms on the lease.
Mr Wright, landlord of the neighbouring The Geese, said he hoped Greys regulars would see that he was not an “evil pub baron” looking to turn the traditional real ale pub into a chain.
He said he hoped that regulars who visited the pub under his management wouldn’t notice the difference from previous owners.
Mr Wright, landlord at The Geese for the last two years, said that when he learned that The Greys was to close he had mixed feelings.
He was happy that a competitor had gone but also concerned that his pub would become isolated if The Greys remained closed and also worried about the impact on the Hanover community.
He said: “I know some people are worried that there will be an overhaul like The Geese had.
“The problem was when we took The Geese on, it was a bit dour and it needed improving but The Greys doesn’t need that and we will continue in the same vein it always has dating back to the 80s.”
It is believed Mr Beaumont and Ms Perkins had fallen out with leaseholders Enterprise Inns over the renegotiation of a 20-year-old lease.
Mr Wright said he will look to continue the pub’s tradition of Monday night music which has seen big acts such as Martin Carthy, Damien Rice and Buddy Holly guitarist Tommy Allsup perform.
The new owner will also revive food at the pub, off the menu for the last few months after the chef left.
Continuity between the two owners will be provided by Mark Robinson, the bar manager for the last five years, who is staying on along with other members of staff.
Anyone interested in working at The Greys should contact 01273 680734.
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