The Old Town Hall Vaults Whitchurch, purchased by Joule’s Brewery in 2008, is celebrating its successful 2nd year anniversary since the re-opening.  Graham and Ann, Landlord and Landlady will be thanking all their customers by hosting a get together to celebrate their  successful second year of trading with an evening of live music from ‘The Sarah Smith Duo’ and food on Saturday 16th November kicking off at 5pm.

The pub was built in 1812 originally as a Merchant House. It became a pub soon after and became known as The Back Street Vaults.  St Mary’s Street was always known locally as ‘Back Street’ followed by ‘Back House Street’ until 1850, when it became more gentrified and took its new name from St Mary’s House.  At the same time, the pub changed its name to The Cornmarket Inn, and is famous to this day for being the house where Sir Edward German was born.  The famous composer lived at the inn for his formative years until he secured a place as director of music at The Globe Theatre.

At the turn of the century the pub was renamed The Old Town Hall Vaults, but always known in the community as ‘The Backies’.  A local name passed from father to son over the centuries recalls when the street was called ‘Back Street’.

Joule’s bought the pub from Marstons Brewery with the plan for it to become a Brewery Tap.  Trudie Meredith, Marketing Controller commented, ‘The three north Shropshire towns are very important to us. We think of Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Wem as being home towns for us, so it really matters that we had our pub in a prime location.  The Vaults is a small quaint parlour pub, with two inviting open fires, a beautifully restored bar and a cosy courtyard, and still of course, boasts the only listed outside privies in Shropshire and as a Brewery Tap it makes it even more special, its perfect for us and our ideas. It is a pure ‘real ale’ pub, a bit old fashioned, but in a really good way – just our kind of pub’.

Graham at the Old Town Hall Vaults commented, “We would like to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their continued support including the local bowling teams, the folk club, walkers, boaters in Whitchurch to name but a few.  Ann and I cannot believe two years has gone by; we have been made to feel that Whitchurch has always been home. It’s been hard work to make the pub a success in the current climate, but we will be keeping up the hard work because we love the pub and we love Whitchurch.  We would also like to say a big thank you to Neale Chandler, Retail Operations Director and the team at Joule’s Brewery for their continued support.

The Old Town Hall Vaults continues to draw crowds for its Friday evening complimentary homemade sausage rolls.  The sausage meat for the Friday event gets distributed to all the Joule’s Tap Houses across its heartland and comes from a local organic farm on the outskirts of Market Drayton, who provide the sausage meat in return for the spent grain from the Brewery.

The Joule’s House estate continues to grow with more recent openings including the White Lion Wem, The Lower Chequer, Sandbach and The Angel Inn, Lichfield.

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