Rolle Arms set to close: search for new landlord

PUBLISHED: 13:15 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:15 06 November 2015

The Rolle Arms, East Budleigh.
Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exf 7657-31-10SH

The Rolle Arms, East Budleigh. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exf 7657-31-10SH


The owners of an East Budleigh pub are calling last orders on their seven years behind the bar, writes Daniel Wilkins.

Paul Bowsher-Grief, wife Ami and children Daisy and Molly will leave the Rolle Arms on Friday, November 13, to start a new chapter in their lives in Somerset.

A leaving party is being held at the pub on Saturday, November 7, to say goodbye to all their customers over the years.

Paul said the family was sad to be leaving East Budleigh, but they felt the time was right to go.

He said: “Our whole time in East Budleigh has been a highlight.

“We have such a fantastic life here – the customers have been great.

“It took six months to decide the whole thing.”

Paul also thanked all the customers who had used the pub down the years and the Lions club, which had supported them.

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, said: “Unfortunately, the current publicans at the Rolle Arms have decided to terminate their business agreement and will shortly be leaving this popular village pub.

“We would like to reassure the residents of East Budleigh that we are committed to the future of their local pub and are recruiting for a new publican to take it on to trade.”

The Rolle Arms has become the second village pub to recently close in the area, after the Britannia Inn in Knowle closed earlier this year.

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