Landlord told to cease trading at The Way Inn

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THE landlord of a Basingstoke pub says £100,000 of his own money is set to go down the drain after a wrangle with the company that owns the premises ended in court.

Peter Bradley, landlord of The Way Inn, was told on January 20 by Enterprise Inns that he had to cease trading and has until February 11 to leave the pub.

Seven members of staff, four of whom worked full-time, have lost their jobs.

Mr Bradley has leased The Way Inn since July 2006, and as part of the contract with Enterprise Inns, had to buy the beer from the company and pay £1,000 a week in rent.

The 46-year-old said he used £100,000 of his own money to spruce up the pub when he started in 2006 – money which he will not get back from Enterprise Inns.

He told The Gazette: “They told me I had to shut because I can’t afford to pay the rent and the prices they charge for beer. They told me they will look at rent concessions and cheaper beer, but I feel they have never done anything to help me in all the time I have been here.

“I am a partner and they are meant to help, and they haven’t. I want a fairer supply on profits because it is all going to them, and the contract says you can negotiate.

“All the money I have invested is gone. They have got possession and they get it back, and I have a deadline to get out.”

He added: “I had a mortgage agreed to buy the freehold so I could run it myself. They said in three letters they would consider the offer, and on January 15, they said ‘no’ because I couldn’t afford to pay the rent and beer so I was in breach of my contract.”

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “Mr Bradley’s failure to pay rent in recent months unfortunately gave us little option than to seek an Order for Possession which was granted by Basingstoke County Court on January 13.

“We are disappointed that this proved necessary but we are satisfied that we exercised considerable patience and fairness in our attempt to resolve our differences with Mr Bradley without recourse to such legal action.”

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11:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

See also:

Enterprise Inns left with 'little option' over repossession of Way Inn pub
By Michelle Perrett, 30-Jan-2014

Enterprise Inns said it was given “little option” but to seek a possession order on the Way Inn in Basingstoke, Hampshire, after licensee and campaigner Peter Bradley failed to pay rent on the premises.

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See also: Enterprise Inns left with 'little option' over repossession of Way Inn pub By Michelle Perrett, 30-Jan-2014 Enterprise Inns said it was given “little option” but to seek a possession order on the Way Inn in Basingstoke, Hampshire, after licensee and campaigner Peter Bradley failed to pay rent on the premises. http://www.morningad vertiser.co.uk/Gener al-News/Enterprise-I nns-left-with-little -option-over-reposse ssion-of-Way-Inn-pub deepinsight
  • Score: 7

11:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

£1.3m !!!!
£1.3m !!!! deepinsight
  • Score: 8

11:07pm Sun 2 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Bradley claimed he has invested £1.3m into the Way Inn and was now in talks over taking on a new pub.

Way to go...
Bradley claimed he has invested £1.3m into the Way Inn and was now in talks over taking on a new pub. Way to go... deepinsight
  • Score: 8

7:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Basing Bill says...

Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.
Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location. Basing Bill
  • Score: -4

9:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

It's on the Way Inn to Basingstoke...
It's on the Way Inn to Basingstoke... deepinsight
  • Score: 10

11:24am Tue 4 Feb 14

jonone says...

Basing Bill wrote:
Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.
I guess they assumed people who live here know where it is. I do. And I am sure Google will help you find it too..
[quote][p][bold]Basing Bill[/bold] wrote: Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.[/p][/quote]I guess they assumed people who live here know where it is. I do. And I am sure Google will help you find it too.. jonone
  • Score: 8

4:18pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Basing Bill wrote:
Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.
Where is Basingstoke?
[quote][p][bold]Basing Bill[/bold] wrote: Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.[/p][/quote]Where is Basingstoke? Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 6

6:20pm Tue 4 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Sam_Walker123456 wrote:
Basing Bill wrote:
Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.
Where is Basingstoke?
It's on the other side of the Way Inn as you head out of Basingstoke...
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker123456[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Basing Bill[/bold] wrote: Where in Basingstoke is the Way Inn? Black mark to the reporter for failing give the location.[/p][/quote]Where is Basingstoke?[/p][/quote]It's on the other side of the Way Inn as you head out of Basingstoke... deepinsight
  • Score: 3

4:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Basingstokes1 says...

If you don't pay rent you get kicked to the curb. That's how life works sadly. And £1.3m... on a pub in Basingstoke...doubtf
ul
If you don't pay rent you get kicked to the curb. That's how life works sadly. And £1.3m... on a pub in Basingstoke...doubtf ul Basingstokes1
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Basing Bill says...

Reporters should never assume anything. Every should answer these three questions "who, why, where and when". It's a golden rule of reporting - or it used to be!
Reporters should never assume anything. Every should answer these three questions "who, why, where and when". It's a golden rule of reporting - or it used to be! Basing Bill
  • Score: -2

10:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Err, 4 questions. So much for reporting.
Err, 4 questions. So much for reporting. deepinsight
  • Score: 4

12:25am Thu 6 Feb 14

Basingstokes1 says...

Don't think there's any questions really.

Didn't pay rent

Got told to do one

Kinda simple really.

Makes me think it's not the pubs fault for getting shut just the idiots who run them.

Oh well. Another one bites the dust as sad as that is due to another ones Greed.
Don't think there's any questions really. Didn't pay rent Got told to do one Kinda simple really. Makes me think it's not the pubs fault for getting shut just the idiots who run them. Oh well. Another one bites the dust as sad as that is due to another ones Greed. Basingstokes1
  • Score: 2

9:21am Thu 6 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

I used to deliver soft drinks to pubs about 26 years ago and have to say apart from a very small number they where the most arrogant people you were ever likely to meet, I don't go to pub's anymore as I wouldn't want to fund their ego's
I used to deliver soft drinks to pubs about 26 years ago and have to say apart from a very small number they where the most arrogant people you were ever likely to meet, I don't go to pub's anymore as I wouldn't want to fund their ego's Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Basing Bill wrote:
Reporters should never assume anything. Every should answer these three questions "who, why, where and when". It's a golden rule of reporting - or it used to be!
Sorry these four questions: who, why, where, when, how......sorry these five questions......
[quote][p][bold]Basing Bill[/bold] wrote: Reporters should never assume anything. Every should answer these three questions "who, why, where and when". It's a golden rule of reporting - or it used to be![/p][/quote]Sorry these four questions: who, why, where, when, how......sorry these five questions...... Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Nobody expects a Parliamentary Inquisition....
Nobody expects a Parliamentary Inquisition.... deepinsight
  • Score: -1

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