Northampton pub which had £250,000 refurb to remain shut during police investigation

An artists' impression of The Gallery in Southfields was released in February, after Punch Taverns announced it was planning a �250,000 revamp of the venue.
An artists' impression of The Gallery in Southfields was released in February, after Punch Taverns announced it was planning a �250,000 revamp of the venue.

A Northampton pub which recently received a £250,000 makeover to make it one of the “leading sports pubs in the area” has had its licence suspended following a police investigation.

Northampton Borough Council has ruled that sports pub the Gallery, in Farmhill Road, Southfields, must remain closed for 28 days pending a full licence review.

The authority held a meeting behind closed doors to determine whether the nightspot, owned by Punch Taverns, could stay open on Thursday, June 18.

Yesterday redacted minutes of the licensing sub-committee hearing were released by the council, which stated the premises licence “be immediately suspended until the matter is reconvened for a full review licence.”

The minutes also explain that the meeting was held in private so as not to prejudice active criminal proceedings in relation to the pub.

However police are yet to release details as to why the venue is currently subject to an investigation.

A spokesperson for Punch Taverns said; “There was a recent incident at the Gallery which has led to a temporary suspension of the pub licence for 28 days whilst the police conduct further investigations.

“We are committed to assisting the police with their investigation in order to establish the full facts and would urge any witnesses to come forward.

“We are working with the relevant authorities to resolve this issue and re-open the Gallery to customers when appropriate.”

The Gallery had only recently reopened following a major investment by Punch Taverns and their ‘publican partners’ Sally Jones and Daniel Sabaliouskas.

The 1980s built venue was refurbished with television screens visible from around the venue, a new sound system and a weekly round of entertainment.

At the time new business development manager at Punch Taverns, Anthony Knowles, said the investment would “reposition The Gallery as one of the leading sports pubs in the Northampton area.”