Campaign to save historic Sidcup pub relaunched

PUBLISHED: 09:59 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:59 01 May 2013

The Seven Stars in Foots Cray. Pic from Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

The Seven Stars in Foots Cray. Pic from Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

Pic from Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

The oldest pub in Sidcup could be about to change hands after an offer to buy it was accepted.

The Seven Stars, in Foots Cray High Street, is 600 years old but has been under threat since its managing company Punch Taverns put the Grade II listed building up for sale in May 2011.

A campaign group was initially set up by concerned locals in February as a potential buyer prepared to apply for planning permission to transform it in to a residential home.

They pulled out but a new couple have had an offer accepted, although Punch Taverns said it is still on the market and has not been sold yet.

Landlord Michael Stokes, 54, bought the pub with his 47-year-old wife Gillian in 1998 before selling it to Punch Taverns four years later.

The couple live above the historic pub with their three children, Haydn, 15 Lauren, 17 and 22-year-old Zoe.

Another iconic pub in the area, The Black Horse in Sidcup High Street, was closed down in 2011 to make way for a Morrisons and Travelodge.

Last week Hillingdon Developments applied for planning permission to alter the pub’s historic facade.

The pub holds regular folk music nights. The next one is on Saturday, May 11. Visit for more details.

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