Pantfest success

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire

Last month’s Pantfest held at The Cross Guns Inn in Pant has been hailed a success – especially given the difficult situation pubs currently find themselves in due to COVID-19.

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire
The Cross Guns Inn, Pant

The Cross Guns has announced that almost £250 was raised by and for three local organisations – the PTA at Bryn Offa School, Pant Memorial Hall and the Restore the Montgomery Canal! Appeal. All are to receive £60, with donations on the day to the canal group adding another £65.

Although the car boot part of the day didn’t pull in quite as many people as was hoped, the afternoon music event was very well supported.

Said Maureen from the pub: “We are really pleased at how the day went and it’s great to be able to support these local organisations with cash raised on the day. Due to the COVID-19 regulations at the time, we had to arrange the event at pretty short notice, but it was great to welcome more people into the pub’s gardens for the first outside performances of the year.

“Pantfest was our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the whole village for their support during the early part of the year when we were only open for takeaways.”

Recent changes to the regulations for pubs mean that the Cross Guns, along with all other pubs in England, will have to close by 10pm and will be restricted by law to table service only.

No table bookings of more than six are allowed and groups won’t be able to mingle with other people. You will need to give your contact details for future tracing if an outbreak is detected.

Staff will have to wear masks, as must customers if they are not sat at their table to eat or drink.

Added Maureen: “Times continue to be difficult for us all, but we are aiming to keep the Cross Guns at the heart of the community.”

If you want to find out more about the three local organisations, please visit: Pant Memorial Hall, The Montgomery Canal or Bryn Offa PTA.

Season’s Greetings

Christmas baubles 2

As another year draws to its close, we would like to wish all residents and visitors to Pant and its surrounding area a very Happy Christmas.

The last few years have seen many changes in the village – as well as the country at large – some of which are very positive and others where the impact is yet to be seen.

Armistice Artwork at Pant Memorial Hall

We might be a bit biased, but we think a highlight of the past year or so has been the work undertaken at Pant Memorial Hall to update the facilities and to install the ceramic artwork as a permanent reminder of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. We know that lots of people have commented very positively on it and the small garden developed in front of it.

The now annual Pant Autumn Bazaar was another success this year, raising over £600 towards the maintenance and upkeep of the hall. And just as important as the money raised, the Bazaar brought scores of local people together.

The developments at the Cross Guns fit into the category of ‘too early to tell’. With the current managers leaving in the New Year and Admiral Taverns advertising for a new tenant, none of us know how the future of the pub will pan out. A number of local people have formed a ‘Friends of the Cross Guns‘ Facebook group this year, to help support the pub, whatever its future.

Recent news from those trying to reopen the Montgomery Canal through Pant to join up with the water at Llanymynech has also been a little disappointing, as work to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge seems to be being put off until 2021. As always, more information can be found by visiting

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May we wish you Happy Christmas and Season’s Greetings!

Friends of the Cross Guns group launched

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire
Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire
The Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Locals of the Cross Guns Inn in Pant have formed a ‘Friends of the Cross Guns’ group to bring locals together.

The Cross Guns is listed by Shropshire Council as an Asset of Community Value and was recently part of a group of 137 Marston’s pubs sold to Chester-based Admiral Taverns in a deal worth £44.9 million.

The Cross Guns now joins the White Lion in Llynclys, the Horseshoe Inn in Ardleen and approximately 800 other pubs as part of the Admiral Taverns group.

The new group can be found on Facebook here – and as well as existing online, it will aim to encourage people in Pant, and further afield, to support the pub by visiting it.

Initially, thoughts are that there might be a monthly informal ‘Friends’ evening, where people can meet and socialise.

The group is an independent initiative and is not an official group of either the Cross Guns or Admiral Taverns.

As an Asset of Community Value, the Cross Guns is listed with Shropshire Council and as such, if the owners wanted to sell the building or change its use from being a pub in the future, the community would be given the opportunity to buy it.

Commenting on the new group, Boyd Breen, a local at the Cross Guns said: “We are looking to keep locals involved with their local pub. Over the past few years, the Cross Guns has had a number of managers with varying levels of success. As the Cross Guns is the last pub in the village, we want to see more local people, as well as tourists, using the pub and we look forward to Admiral Taverns investing in the pub to serve the local community.”

If you want to stay in touch with the Friends of the Cross Guns but do not use Facebook, Pant.Today will include updates and add any events to our calendar.

Cross Guns Sold to Admiral Taverns

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire
Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire
The Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Marston’s PLC owners of the Cross Guns Inn has announced it has reached agreement for the disposal of 137 pubs for £44.9 million to Admiral Taverns, the group which owns the White Lion in Llynclys.

According to Steve and Melissa, who currently have the franchise for the Cross Guns, Admiral Taverns do not have the same type of contract that they currently have with Marston’s, so they are unsure what the future will hold.

When Pant.Today asked Admiral Taverns what will happen to people in a similar situation to Steve and Mel, a spokesperson said: “I am afraid we’re not commenting further beyond our initial release.”

On the pub’s Facebook page regulars and locals have been expressing their surprise at the news and have praised both Mel and Steve for their work at the pub.

According to Marston’s, the disposal is in line with their plans to reduce its debt in part through the disposal of certain non-core assets. The assets being disposed of are smaller wet-led leased, tenanted and franchised pubs. The deal is expected to complete before the end of November.

The Cross Guns is listed with Shropshire Council as an Asset of Community Value, which means that if the owners want to sell the building or change its use from being a pub, the community would be given the opportunity to buy it.

Commenting, Ralph Findlay, Chief Executive Officer of Marston’s said: “We are making good progress with our plans to reduce our net debt by £200 million by 2023 in part through the disposal of non-core assets. We are encouraged by the level of market interest that this portfolio of pubs has attracted. This further underpins our confidence in achieving the accelerated £70 million disposal proceeds target that we have set ourselves for the current year. We remain focused on our stated objective of reducing our net debt by £200 million by 2023 or earlier, and thereafter operating a high quality business generating consistent net cashflow, after dividends, of at least £50 million per annum.”

The White Lion is currently closed and has a board outside looking to recruit new people to run it.