The Talbot: an update, of sorts

John-Paul has succeeded where so many of us have failed and has managed to make contact (albeit indirectly) with Punch Taverns regarding the plans for The Talbot.

In response to his enquiries, their PR agency has issued the following release:

A Punch Taverns spokesperson said: "We have been granted planning permission to refurbish the Talbot, which is due to take place later this year.

"We will be installing a kitchen area so that traditional pub meals can be served, but the pub will retain its classic style which has been enjoyed by customers for many years

"The existing beer garden will also be improved, including a new sheltered area in preparation for the smoking ban.

"In the meantime, the pub will remain open and we hope to keep any disruption to a minimum when the refurbishment work begins."

So, we know that they've got planning permission and that the makeover will not be dramatic but that it will indeed aim to serve food. However, there are few other details, particularly on timings - because these are still to be confirmed.

However, they were genuinely helpful and have agreed to be interviewed for the website about the pub's future at a later date (hopefully not too much later) when they have a clearer picture about the specifications. In the mean time, they have read the comments posted on this site and are aware of the strength of feeling around the subject.