THE SOUND of music could be heard again at Cox’s Yard in Stratford.
The Bridgefoot venue has reverted to its original name after Apostrophe Pubs took over the running of the premises from The Lazy Cow, which has been based there for the past four years.
There has been much speculation as to whether the venue – owned by Stratford District Council, but leased to Charles Wells Brewery, which in turn sub let it – would again host live music and this week it was not ruled out.
A spokeswoman for Charles Wells told The Observer: “It will be business as usual at the moment. We need to see what works and what doesn’t, and see what people want.
“We are not ruling anything out at the moment.”
Business as usual will also mean Tread the Boards Theatre Company will continue to use the Attic Theatre space.
The venue re-opened on Friday (September 11) as Cox’s Yard after being closed for four days’ worth of maintenance work and cosmetic changes.
Craig Mayes, director of Apostrophe Pubs, said: “This former timber yard was converted to Cox’s Yard in September 1998 and we’ll be building on its heritage and character of its location.
“Once we have completed the necessary remedial work we’ll be throwing open the doors to welcome guests back and spend time getting to know what they want from the pub before we undertake a bigger refurbishment project in the new year.”
Ross Sanders, managing director of The Lazy Cow, said while the company had enjoyed running the venue it was time for a change.
He added: “It has been a fantastic four years trading at the former Cox’s Yard site and we’ve been welcomed by locals and tourists alike.
“However, it is time to move on and focus on my other business interests and would like to thank all the customers and staff alike for their support over the years. I look forward to coming back in for a pint once the refurbishment has taken place.”