Response from Harvey’s to the reaction from the local residents to the closure of The Foresters Arms, East Hoathly:

  • Harvey’s sincerely empathises with the people of East Hoathly about the closure of The Foresters Arms but in simple terms the pub was not used enough.
  • Harvey’s are the freehold owners of the property – they do not directly “run” the pub. It is for our tenants to make a pub successful; it is their business; their opportunity for profit; their risk of loss.
  • The pub has consistently traded at half the turnover necessary to break-even and lack of viability and financial unsustainability has been cited by all tenants as the reason for leaving.
  • The Foresters Arms and The Kings Head have always competed for the same mixed trade base of village locals. This may just about be sufficient for one village pub, but not two.
  • Harvey’s placed the tenancy for The Foresters Arms on the market last November. Only two enquiries were made. One subsequently withdrew and the other was unsustainable.
  • Harvey’s are simply unable to find a tenant with a sustainable business plan prepared to make the necessary investment and to be regulatorily compliant to continue to run The Foresters Arms.
  • To retain the building in a viable use, an application has been submitted for a light-touch proposal which retains the existing residential cottage and reverts to the original of the building as two dwellings.
  • The ACV process is separate from the planning application but Planning Officers will be considering the use of the property as a pub as part of their detailed assessment of the application against both local and national planning policies.

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Hamish Elder
Executive Chairman
Harvey’s Brewery