McDonald's plan revealed for historic pubBy Tim Harris
October 29, 2012
JUST days after a campaign was launched to save a historic Farnborough pub, it has been discovered that the pub may become a McDonald's restaurant.
More than 1,500 people have now joined the new social media campaign to save the Tumbledown Dick pub, in Farnborough Road, after it launched on Friday, October 19.
Since then it has come to light that the Tumbledown Dick, affectionately known as the 'Tumbly,' may have been sold to international fast food chain McDonald's.
Members of the Save the Tumbledown Dick Pub & Live Music Venue campaign recently purchased the freehold document from the Land Registry, which appears to show a sale between land owners Bride Hall Investments and McDonald's Restaurants for the pub, dated August 7.
The lead spokesman for the campaign said: “We are deeply concerned as a community that ultimately this will result in the loss of this historic and much loved building.
“The pub could have been put to very good community use, instead of yet another fast food retail outlet in the area - there is another McDonald's restaurant within a mile of this site.”
The landmark Tumbledown Dick, which is believed to have been around since the 1600s, has previously hosted bands like Reuben, Hundred Reasons and The Jam.
The Farnborough Road pub has been empty since 2008 after failing a health inspection. An initial campaign to salvage the Tumbledown took place shortly afterwards, but ultimately petered out.
For more on this story, see this week's Farnborough News & Mail, out on Friday, November 2.