Change in licence for Chipping Sodbury pub where noise is no longer a 'problem'
A PUB that has been the subject of years of noise complaints has had its licence changed after turning a corner under new management.
The Portcullis Hotel in Chipping Sodbury had previously been a “problem address” for South Gloucestershire Council, provoking repeated complaints about noise over a number of years, a licensing committee heard yesterday.
But since it reopened in 2018, following a £125,000 refurbishment, the situation had improved under new landlord Edward Febry, with only a handful of complaints in the past year.
Even so, councillors heard, Mr Febry remained at risk of prosecution because of a condition on the Horse Street pub’s licence preventing any music from going above a “background level”.
On the advice of a licensing officer, he applied to have the condition removed so the pub could continue to hold discos without breaching the condition.
The officer told the committee: “We got to a point where we had to prosecute or change the condition. I’m not worried about noise."
No residents objected to the application, which also sought to extend the pub’s opening hours.
Mr Febry said the Portcullis Hotel had been “mismanaged for years and years and years” but he wanted to turn it into a “nice family pub”.
He said the pub had stopped hosting live bands and now had a resident DJ, with one speaker.
The committee agreed to remove the condition for music from the licence but added a number of restrictions, including one that “a noise-limiting device” must be used “where required to prevent unreasonable disturbance to occupiers in the vicinity”.
Members also agreed that the pub can stay open until 2am, seven days a week.
Music must stop playing by 10.30pm on Sundays, midnight on Mondays through Wednesdays, and 1.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporting Service
The bar must close at 1.30am every day of the week, except for paying guests at the hotel, who will be able to buy alcohol around the clock.
Mr Febry, who originally applied to stay open until 3am, seven days a week, said: “We need the weekend trade because that is vital to keeping it [the hotel] open.”
Mr Febry is a director of John and Rita Leisure Ltd, which owns both the Portcullis Hotel and the Royal Oak pub in the town.
He is the grandson of John and Rita Hinder, whose descendants have run both pubs at various times over their history.