Red Cross and Blue Anchor to reopen

The Red Cross Inn on Sunday with signs heralding the reopening (photo:


The Red Cross Inn, in Reigate’s High Street, and the Blue Anchor, in West Street, are set to reopen shortly, under new management.

Both pubs closed on 11 January after the previous operator, Akita Investments Limited, suffered financial difficulties.

A spokesperson for the Ei Group, which owns the freeholds, said on Tuesday (12 March):

“We can confirm that the Red Cross pub in Reigate will reopen this month with a new publican who will operate the pub on a temporary basis.

This will allow time for us to recruit a suitable and permanent operator for this popular pub.

We are completing the same process for The Blue Anchor and hope to reopen this pub within two weeks.”

At the Red Cross, business partners Mike Nicholls and Kim James have been getting the pub ready.  They said on Monday that they plan to open the doors this week.

Mike, who used to run the Limes in Merstham, said that they’ll open with a range of drinks and beers, including three real ales.

Live music – a signature feature of the Red Cross – will return in the near future, and the pub is also looking for a chef to provide food to enjoy while listening to a band or watching live sport on TV.

Refurbishments are also planned, and the beer garden has already had a spruce-up in time for a spring pint.

As for the Blue Anchor, details of who will run that and other reopening information is awaited.


The Blue Anchor on Sunday (photo: