Our vision is to create a central focal point for village life which will act as a catalyst to re-ignite the economy and sense of community in Marple Bridge and Compstall. Besides re-opening the pub, we will bring a café and essentials shop to the village, have a base for community activities, and bring back trade lost following the closure of the business by Robinsons.
The Northumberland Arms has been a thriving pub in the past. However, over the last two decades it had declined under the ownership of the brewery who had not invested in the building, in marketing, or in business development.
Frederic Robinson Ltd closed the pub in January 2017, and placed the pub on the open market inviting offers of £250,000 and above. After a lot of positive discussion, Robinsons have given the community the opportunity to raise the money to buy the pub. Bringing The Northumberland Arms into community ownership will ensure the success and sustainability of the business by enabling the community to develop the facilities to meet their needs, rather than serving the financial demands of a brewery under a tied-house model. Community ownership will also ensure the business works alongside existing village businesses rather than competing directly with them.
The aim is to open The Northumberland Arms as soon as possible after taking possession, carrying out essential refurbishment and redecoration of the bar area and staff living accommodation and tackling items of building fabric repair.