The noble Lord Allan introduced me to The Bell pub in Walcot Street, Bath. Its a place you immediately feel at home, whether with family, in the courtyard, listening to fantasic free music, supping fine ales, snacking from the BBQ. It’s cosy, traditional, modern and hippy all at the same time. And now it’s for sale.
The Bell can’t become just another subsidiary interest in some formulaic, accountant-driven leisure business. It’s a place to pour your heart out, plan a revolution, share good times.
Now there’s a community buyout scheme. The proposal is backed by the existing management team, who turn a tidy profit on this city centre pub. You can invest £500-£20,000. It’s EIS-conformant, which means very tax-favourable.
Here’s a stack of videos of live bands playing The Bell
The Bell’s Facebook page
and here’s the community buyout web site
But the community has to raise at least £525,000 and ideally £925,000. And it has to do it fast: by 20 March, as it’s a competitive bid situation. So: don’t think about it too long: sign up, cough up, and become a co-owner of Bath’s coolest pub. See you there!