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Wetherspoon's tight-lipped on new Brentwood pub

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

By Matt Cannon

permanently closing time:  JD Wetherspoon's new Brentwood pub remains shut and unnamed

permanently closing time: JD Wetherspoon's new Brentwood pub remains shut and unnamed

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JD WETHERSPOON'S new Brentwood pub remains un-named more than two months after it won planning permission.

The budget chain must develop the former site of Pizza Hut in the High Street within the next three years.

But the future of the venue remains unclear as plans have not moved beyond initial drawings submitted to Brentwood Borough Council in July last year.

Last week, a spokesman for the Watford-based company confirmed the pub has not been named.

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That is despite the Gazette offering suggestions, including The Pub at the End of the Universe – in homage to the late Brentwood-based Hitchhikers Guide author Douglas Adams.

He also confirmed no computerised graphics of the £1.2 million development had been created.

Drawings show the developers favour a simplistic frontage.

The town centre bar currently has permission to stay open to drinkers until 1am before re-opening six hours later that morning. Yet it remains uncertain what opening hours the venue will operate.

After the Gazette broke the news the chain had been granted planning permission in December, some readers took to Facebook to question what the pub would offer to the town.

Susan Steel posted: "And clearly we need another pub! Everyone moans about the turnout in evening so what do the council do? Stick another public house in town! What we need is some decent affordable shop – come on get with it sort it out."

Mike Jonas said: "Just one more reason for people not to go into town."

While Kim Shead-fallows questioned whether the 268 sq m lounge and another 58 sq m kitchen space would be large enough to cater for the 2,500 and 3,500 the chain claimed it could attract each week.

High Street bar the Slug and Lettuce was granted permission in September by the council to serve alcohol for one extra hour, closing at 2am.

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