watchfield inn near Highbridge

The Watchfield Inn near Highbridge has gone back on the market, just months after controversial plans for Hinkley Point accommodation to be sited there were axed.

The plans to install 100 Portakabins next to the pub to serve as temporary accommodation for Hinkley workers were scrapped last August following a heated public meeting and an outcry from nearby residents.

Estate agents Sidney Phillips describe the pub as a “substantial property in large grounds with a paddock for 12 touring Caravans, plus a car park and spacious bar and function room providing 3,500 square feet of customer space.”

The property is on sale at for £495,000 and includes a three-bedroom flat. The agents say it has benefited from a recent renovation programme. More details are online here.

Back in 2015, reported on a campaign to save the Watchfield Inn from developers in a bid to safeguard the pub’s future.

Nearby resident Alastair Gordon told this week: “I am still getting asked ‘what’s happening’ by many passers-by, so I think most locals still want a pub.”

“When pressed, though, they are less clear how that’s likely to happen without associated redevelopment to ensure its financial sustainability.”


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