Dead Pub Society
The Old Ship Inn, Sidmouth: 1350 to 2011
Now a Costa Coffee House.
What sort of sick and depraved society turns a centuries old inn into a fucking Costa? At least someone had the decency to scrawl RIP on the wall. The irony is that Costa is owned by Whitbread, a once fine brewing company (but now responsible for a plethora of Hell's waiting rooms in the form of Costa, Brewer's Fayre, Premier Inns, Beefeater, etc. - the sort of places I'd have to be dead to be seen in). Samuel Whitbread must be spinning.
I spotted this dead pub in Higham, Kent.
The plan is to demolish Chequers and build some flats. Local residents do not want the pub to be demolished and have contacted the Victorian Society, the Ancient Monument Society and Save Britain’s Heritage, all of whom have expressed interest in the building.