Last day of The Jackal as last orders are called on pub

MBTC The Jackal pub
MBTC The Jackal pub

Thurleigh’s only pub The Jackal has been put up for sale and will be closing its doors on Sunday evening much to the dismay of local residents. Just three weeks ago the brewery Charles Wells advertised for a new licensee before announcing the pub was for sale the following week.

The current licensees are moving to another Charles Wells pub in Gloucestershire.

According to one source the reasons given for the sale of the pub are that it is no longer financially viable due to poor bar sales and the cost of building work.

But residents argue problems have been allowed to build up instead of spreading the work out with a planned maintenance programme.

The current licensees have been running the pub successfully for 16 years investing in the restaurant side of the business which has won awards and proved to be popular both with the local community and visitors.

The pub also has a close connection to the the USAAF 306 Bombardment Group which were based at Thurleigh Airfield during the Second World War which residents feel will be lost.

Members of the Association visit Thurleigh every few years to visit the airfield, museum and memorials both in the village and on the airfield. The Jackal has been a focal point for the Association and for the 306 during their time at Thurleigh, said one source.

Charles Wells has confirmed The Jackal will be closing as it seeks a new owner for the pub.

Peter Wells managing director, said: “Closing The Jackal is not a decision we have taken lightly and we do understand the impact its closing will have on local residents. However, despite the hard work of licensees Kevin and Julia Hanks with our support, it’s proving increasingly difficult to generate the necessary levels of trade within our business model at The Jackal and the pub will therefore be put up for sale. It is our hope to sell The Jackal for continued use as a pub and we are searching for an entrepreneurial business operator to buy it.”

The brewery confirmed Kevin and Julia will be pulling their last pints at The Jackal on Sunday. (July 26)

Julia said: “We have loved living and working in Thurleigh, it will be very sad to leave all our lovely customers and friends behind but all good things must come to an end as they say. However we’re also really excited about our new challenge in the Cotswolds and would like to welcome our customers to our new pub if they’re ever passing by. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the locals and customers for their support over the last 16 years.”

Mr Wells added: “We would like to thank Kevin and Julia for their hard work and enthusiasm during their time at the pub, and to all the customers who have supported them over the years. They are fantastic licensees who put quality, community and great customer service at the heart of what they do and we look forward to working with them in their new challenge at The Kilkeney.”

The sale is being managed by agents, Gerald Eve and any interested parties can contact the team with initial enquiries on 020 7493 3338.