A POPULAR pub is set to be turned into an Indian restaurant – leaving drinkers who live along a busy, two-and-a-half miles route without a single watering hole.
The White Horse, in Woodland Road, Stanton, has shut its doors as a pub for the final time and is set to reopen as an Indian restaurant – named Mumbai Rouge – in the near future.
Along with the closures of The Copper Hearth and The Black Horse, both in Stanton Road, Stapenhill, it has now left a huge stretch of the A444 without a pub.
Drinkers now have to either visit The Elms, in Stapenhill, or head to The Gate Inn, in Woodland Road, Stanton, if they want to enjoy a pint while traversing one of the main routes which passes through the area.
A spokesman for Mumbai Rouge said: “Along with a restaurant in Birmingham and Chester, we are now launching our third in superb Stanton in a bid to bring the area the highest quality in exquisite Indian food, great service and atmosphere.”
The pub closed in 2012 before reopening under several tenants and subsequently being taken over by Mumbai Rouge group.
Nik Antona, of the Burton and South Derbyshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has urged people to use the news to get behind the pub industry and ‘save it before it is too late’.
He said: “If we want pubs not just to survive but to thrive we need to get people into pubs.
“If we don’t do this more pubs will close and the situation seen on this stretch of road will only become more commonplace.
“If not we could lose them forever and nobody can moan that there isn’t anywhere to drink if they did not go in the first place.”
The Copper Hearth has been turned into a Tesco Express store, while affordable housing now resides on the site formerly occupied by The Black Horse.