Prince of Wales landlord loses battle to keep pub independent

February 23 2018

Landlord of The Prince of Wales, Anna Gorman, has lost her landmark court battle to keep the much-loved pub on Gloucester Road independent.

Landlord of The Prince of Wales, Anna Gorman, has lost her landmark court battle to keep the much-loved pub on Gloucester Road independent.

It’s been a long and stressful battle against multi-million pound company EI Group who want to replace Anna with managers from the 'Bermondsey Pub Company'. She’s financed £13,000 of the £40,000 legal costs through crowdfunding but has had to borrow the rest of the money.

Speaking to the Bishopston Voice just before the verdict in January, Anna said: “I’m certainly not going to hand the keys back without a fight. I’ve been contacted by other landlords in the same situation - this is happening all over the country. I just want people to know what’s going on and support their local pubs. It’s just wrong - they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this.”

The mother of three is the first landlord in legal history to challenge a pub company for the right to keep her lease. She has managed the pub for 15 years but will have to leave in May if she chooses not to appeal against the decision.