The Greyhound Story So Far......
Back in 2006 Paul Slater took on The Greyhound with the intention of turning it into a great live music venue. He had a huge task turning this once run down pub into the warm, friendly, fun-packed entertainment venue that it became known for in such a short time. In 2008 Robert Balmer joined the team to help Paul with his dream. Known as a bit of a Jack of all trades (plus his knowledge of bands and photography skills), Robert set about upgrading the PA and lighting as well as creating both the pub Facebook page and website as it's seen today.
The Greyhound was increasingly popular with locals, families, students and musicians alike, with secure parking at the rear of the building for those travelling from afar. Add to this award winning beers, great atmosphere and live music and you can’t go wrong. Or so we thought........
Unfortunately Paul became seriously ill and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013 and had to retire from The Greyhound.
The Greyhound was taken on by a management team in August of 2013 and Robert remained working at the pub to help continue Paul's dream by booking the bands, sound engineering and promoting the venue. Unfortunately it soon became apparent that the new management company were totally incompetent at running this once great music venue. In no time at all the venue became a ghost of it's former self. The Greyhound became a dirty run down pub with poor service and badly kept beers and finally closed it's doors at the end of 2015.
On January 20th 2016 Enterprise Inns temporarily placed a holding company at The Greyhound to keep the pub open while they looked for either someone to take the pub on or they would be considering the possibility of selling the land for redevelopment.
Is this going to end the same way as so many of our great small music pubs and venues have of late?...
Well, hopefully not.
Elizabeth Johnson (Lil to her friends) and Rob have teamed up together to try and take The Greyhound on and return it to it's former glory. Both believe in Paul's dream for the venue and don't want to see it end up just a distant memory. So while they are in talks with the brewery Rob has managed to get the holding company to allow the live music to continue. It's only for the Saturday nights but at least it helps keep The Greyhound alive for now.