Nigel Blake, the current licensee at the iconic Bottle Inn, Marshwood announced yesterday that the pub will soon be closing.
Over the last 20 years the Bottle has had a chequered history, much of which is documented in an article (pages 4-5) from five years ago in the Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Magazine. These broken agreements and unsatisfactory conditions have continued into the present time and have ultimately been the cause of the present situation. It is very clear that the pub can be run as a viable business – indeed its performance under Nigel and Chrissy’s stewardship have resulted in several awards. What is not clear is what the owners of the property wish to do with it.