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DRINK UP: Beer garden plans approved for ‘haunted’ Amersham pub

 Published on: 12th June 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A pub that describes itself as one of the most haunted in the country has received approval from the county council to open up a new beer garden.

The Boot and Slipper pub, located on Rickmansworth Road, received conditional permission for its plans from Buckinghamshire County Council on Monday, May 9. It will allow owners Greene King to attach a veranda to the side of the current building with another outbuilding and veranda being added to the rear.

A portion of the car park currently used for accessible parking will also be converted into a garden with two pergolas and some decorative planters. The accessible parking will be moved elsewhere, while CCTV, a sound system and new signage and lighting will be installed.

With no comments left by members of the public, it appears the development was an uncontroversial one, with the only comments being left on the planning application being that of consultees, such as environmental health, the parish, highways development and a historic buildings officer.

Ben Horn, General Manager of the Boot & Slipper, said: “The Boot & Slipper is such a historic pub and was once a hub for the region’s thriving boot trade. There was even a cobbler located on the site in the past, hence the unusual name.

“Although we’re closing, we won’t be gone long! We’ll be reopening at the start of July, and we’re looking forward to welcoming new and regular guests back to experience our brand new al fresco dining experience, new drinks menu and more.”

The Boot and Slipper has been a drinking establishment for the local community since at least the 1700s and is thought to take its name from a cobbler that is believed to have formerly occupied the building it resides in.

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