*Update: we now have a new article with news from the freehold owner – read that here.*
The Blue Anchor and The Red Cross Inn, in Reigate, remained shut over the weekend after closing during the day on Friday.
As of Sunday evening no information had been published about the closures on the pubs’ social media channels or websites.
The Red Cross in the High Street has had a notice up since Friday saying “We are closed today. Sorry for the inconvenience”. Nothing was published at the Blue Anchor in West Street.
Social media in the town has been abuzz about the cause of the pubs being shut, with some people reporting seeing the closure in progress on Friday, with staff apparently unaware beforehand.
Akita Investments Limited is the tenant at both pubs. Reigate.uk has not yet been able to confirm with them what has happened or the duration of the closure.
Both pubs’ freeholds are owned by Unique Pub Properties, part of the Ei group (formerly Enterprise Inns). Last week Ei Group sold 370 of its 412 properties to an American asset management company (subject to shareholder approval), a point some have flagged on social media. However, it’s not clear whether either pub was transferred in that process, or if so whether it’s in any way relevant.
Reigate.uk contacted both pubs and Ei Group for comment over the weekend.
Both pubs are widely regarded as being popular, with the Red Cross perhaps best known for live music, and the Blue Anchor for its beer garden (which backs on to green space) and food offering.