The Roebuck Hotel

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Jul, 2013

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I recently spent two nights in the Roebuck in order to join a Brewery History Society visit to former maltings and breweries of Ware. The hotel, formerly Can(n)ons was originally the residence of a Ware banker and later of several maltsters and brewers. In the 20th century it briefly belonged to Hertfordshire County Council before becoming an hotel. A new bedroom block was added in 1971-72 on the site of the adjacent maltings. First impressing of the hotel was that it was in need of decoration. However my room was cool despite the July heatwave; the room was at the rear of the hotel and had an open but secure window. The staff were helpful and friendly. Breakfasts were excellent, with an extensive cold buffet and individually cooked hot dishes. I learned that a Planning Application has been made to demolish the hotel and build 14 houses in its place. If approved, this would be a shame. The Roebuck is the only hotel within easy walking distance of Ware. I gather that the current owners, Forestdale Hotels, have been running the place down for years. I am delighted to report that Planning Permission was refused on 17 July. Consequently, I do hope that the Roebuck gets a new owner willing to invest in its improvement.


Paul Ambler

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