ONE of Whitchurch’s most popular pubs is set to close for three weeks while it undergoes a "sparkling refurbishment", its brewery has confirmed.

The Old Town Hall Vaults – birthplace of composer Edward German in 1862 – closed on Tuesday, April 2 and will open on St George’s Day on Tuesday April 23.

The pub, in St Mary’s Street, is owned by Joule’s Brewery, and a spokesman added that when it reopens, it will offer more live music than ever.


Georgia Charlton-Briggs, brewery manager at Joules Brewery, said: “Old Town Hall Vaults, a beloved cornerstone of Whitchurch's community, is thrilled to announce its temporary closure for an exciting "sparkle refurbishment" project.

“From April 2 to April 23, the doors of the Old Town Hall Vaults will be closed to the public as we embark on a journey to elevate your favourite local pub to new heights.

“During this period, Joule’s Brewery’s dedicated team will be hard at work, investing in the site to enhance key features while preserving the cherished charm that makes Old Town Hall Vaults so special.

“Joule’s Brewery is committed to maintaining the cosy atmosphere and authentic character that ‘The Backies’ patrons know and love.

Whitchurch Herald: The Backie under repair. The Backie under repair. (Image: Joules Brewery.)

“As part of this renovation, we are also proud to announce that we'll be promoting and expanding our live music offerings.

“Get ready to groove to even more unforgettable performances in the heart of Whitchurch.

“Rest assured, our build team is already on site, working tirelessly to bring these enhancements to life.

“We invite our valued customers to stay tuned for exciting updates on our progress through our social media channels at Old Town Hall Vaults via Facebook and Instagram.

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“We can't wait to unveil the refreshed and rejuvenated Old Town Hall Vaults on 23rd April 2024, from 4pm.

“Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

For more about the pub and to follow the progress of the refurbishment, head to