Windows smashed at pub where landlord refused to allow barred drinkers back in


Windows have been smashed at a pub where the landlord refused to allow barred drinkers back in his boozer.

Ged Edwards took over the Traveller’s Rest, in Goldenhill, in March last year and had enjoyed a ‘fantastic’ first week serving drinks in the new outdoor space as part of the latest relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown rules.

He is determined to turn the Kidsgrove Road venue into a community pub with a friendly welcome.

But in the early hours of Monday vandals chucked two ‘boulders’ through two of the pub’s windows leaving a trail of destruction. A mobile phone left behind at the scene has since been handed to the police.

Now the 58-year-old says he is ‘standing his ground’ and is even more determined not to allow this sort of behaviour in his pub.

Ged said: “At the beginning of April I put a post on Facebook explaining that if you book a table, but are found to be someone who has been barred from the pub, then your booking will be cancelled.

“This happened and I contacted them to say their booking was cancelled because I don’t want any bad behaviour in the pub. Then they started to ring the pub making threatening remarks that ‘you know what will happen if you don’t let us in, we’ll put you out of business’.

“But I stood my ground and wouldn’t let them book. I want to have a welcoming pub, we’re the last remaining pub in Goldenhill and we took it over to make it a community pub for the people where they can relax in a friendly environment.



One of the smashed windows at the Traveller's Rest in Goldenhill
One of the smashed windows at the Traveller’s Rest in Goldenhill

“We opened on April 12 and had a great first week of being open, there were lots of new faces and a range of people from teenagers to people in their 70s.

“Our takings were spectacular and people were loving the place, all saying they will be coming back. Saturday was fantastic. There was a constant flow of people, it went really well.

“But at 5am on Monday morning I got a text from a bus driver, who is one of our regulars, who said that two of our windows had been smashed at the front of the pub.

“I came straight here and found that two boulders had been thrown through the windows. It has been picked up on CCTV footage and a phone was also left behind at the scene which has been taken away by the police.

“I rang the police straight away, it was a stressful day.”

Ged says the vandalism is ‘a blow’ after spending more than a year remodelling the pub.



One of the bricks that were thrown through the windows at the Traveller's Rest in Goldenhill
One of the bricks that were thrown through the windows at the Traveller’s Rest in Goldenhill

He added: “When I came up and saw it I was dismayed and shocked. A lot of money and time has gone in to getting the pub in a position where we can open. We’ve put a lot of effort into it.

“Two windows have had to be replaced, a brand new curtain has been ripped and a new lamp was smashed. It also scraped our new bar and our bench and table.

“I had to spend all day making sure to get rid of all the glass as when we are allowed customers inside I don’t want them to find any glass.

“It’s a minor setback, but still a devastating one. But I’ve started as I mean to go on and I want to see people punished for this. I won’t be intimidated by them, it won’t happen. The community is behind us.”





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