Century-old Portishead pub faces uncertain future with sports bar possible

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 03 August 2018

The Plough in Portishead High Street.

The Plough in Portishead High Street.

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A Portishead pub which has been open for more than 100 years has been closed, with rumours rife that it is set to reopen as a sports bar.

The Plough Inn, in High Street, has been a ‘traditional’ pub for more than a century, but could soon be in line for a change of use.

Owner Ei Group has confirmed the venue’s closure but insists it will reopen ‘as soon as possible’.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that The Plough, Portishead, is currently closed 
while we carry out refurbishment works.

“We would like to reassure members of the local community we aim to reopen this site as soon as possible.”

Rumours are spreading that the venue will become a sports bar, but the Ei Group refused to be drawn on its plans.

But drinkers and nearby businesses are unsure whether the change would be positive.

Shaun Fowler, who works in Morgan-Westley, said: “I do not think it is a good thing to change it.

“There are a lot of regulars who go in there which is quite nice.

“It is one of the few traditional pubs left and it is the wrong end of the High Street for that sort of thing.

“We have already got a sports bar so we don’t want another one.”

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The Plough is not the only Ei Group-owned pub in Portishead which is closed.

The Old Mill, also in High Street, closed in May.

Although Ei Group has confirmed its intention to reopen the venue as a pub, last month Portishead Town Council discussed the possibility of listing the building as an asset of community value.

This would see a moratorium period enforced which would allow time for a community bid to be prepared.

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