Stafford FM reported in March that the Butlers Bell was up for sale and would be closing down once a buyer had been found. Following a huge public outcry including a petition signed by over 1000 people (including JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin) the pub has been taken off the market and will remain open.

In an interview the pub’s manager Mhari Farmer said: ” I am delighted that the pub is to remain as a Wetherspoon. This is wonderful news for myself, all of the staff here as well as our loyal customers. The Butler’s Bell is extremely popular and an important part of Stafford’s social scene. We look forward to welcoming customers into the pub for many more years to come.”

The Butlers Bell became the 2nd JD Wetherspoon in the town, joining The Picture House on Bridge Street. The pub currently has unique caged seating areas, a landscaped outdoor beer garden with outdoor bar and a display of shoe moulds which serves as a great memorial to the likes of Lotus shoe which once traded in the town.

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