Mystery surrounds closure of Filton’s King George VI pub

The King George VI public house on Filton Avenue, Filton, Bristol.

Filton’s King George VI pub, on the corner of Filton Avenue and Station Road, has closed in mysterious circumstances.

A neighbour told The Journal that the pub had closed to the public on Friday 11th May, when contractors moved in to secure the premises. Windows on the ground floor have been covered with white film, while a side door and some of the first floor windows have been boarded up.

The electricity supply to the pub is reported to have been cut off the following Monday (14th May).

The pub is understood to have been well frequented by workers from nearby factories and offices, such as Airbus and MoD Abbey Wood. It also benefited from a boost in trade when The Fellowship, further down Filton Avenue, closed a few years ago.

Signs on the door of the King George VI have the heading “Closed House Management” and list two telephone numbers – one for CP Construction, a Welsh construction company, and the other for Enterprise Inns plc.

CP Construction confirmed that the pub had closed but referred The Journal to Enterprise Inns for further comment, which has so far not been forthcoming.

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  1. Are we in a bit of a time warp: “The Fellowship, further down Filton Avenue, closed a few years ago.” Should that not be a few weeks ago?

  2. An Enterprise Inns spokesperson contacted us today to say that they hope to re-open the King George VI “in mid-June”. Interviews [for a new manager] are currently taking place.

  3. The white film on windows and sudden closure happened to the Hobgoblin on the Gloucester Road at roughly the same time too. How odd.

    Re. The Fellowship: To be fair, the Fellowship’s status has been a little confusing over the past couple of years. Some months or days it has been open, others it has been closed. Only with the sale of the lease to Tesco did the closure appear to become permanent.

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