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Southwark charity buys Simon the Tanner pub

The freehold of the Simon the Tanner pub in Long Lane has been purchased by the local United St Saviour's Charity.

Simon the Tanner
Simon the Tanner pictured in 2003

The pub has had a chequered recent history with long periods of closure, but reopened under its present management two years ago.

"Purchasing the freehold of Simon the Tanner demonstrates our commitment to keeping this iconic pub as a pub," said Cllr Tim McNally, a trustee of the United St Saviour's Charity.

"We also own the historic Wheatsheaf and Market Porter, both in Borough Market.

"The income that we receive from these pubs helps to support Southwark pensioners through our almshouse provision and local community organisations through charitable grants."

Julie Friel, the pub's leaseholder, said: "We welcome St Saviour's as a freeholder that is committed to improving the local community.

"It means that we can focus on our aim of delivering good beer, good food and a great community pub."

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