Historic Ewell pub to be demolished?
A pub which has been serving the Ewell community since the 18th Century has closed sparking fears it may be demolished or turned into a nightclub.
The Organ and Dragon, a Thai restaurant and English pub on London Road in Ewell, closed its doors for the last time yesterday.
Worried residents have contacted the Epsom Guardian with concerns that it will be turned into a nightclub, new housing or be torn down - fears fanned by the owners' refusal to say what they plan to do with the site.
The manager of the Organ and Dragon confirmed it would be closing in July as its owner had sold the freehold, but did not know of future plans for the site.
He said: "We have no idea what will happen to it - whether it will be turned into a nightclub, a fast food restaurant or a supermarket, we don’t know."
A spokeswoman for pub company Orchid Group, which leased the pub from the owners, Punch Taverns, confirmed that its leasehold had reverted back to the owners - who refused to say what will happen to the popular venue.
The establishment originally started trading as the Organ Inn in the 1780s and was the drinking place of workmen who fitted the Father Willis organ in St Mary’s Church in Ewell.
It was re-built in its present form in 1933 and started trading as a Thai restaurant in 1978, when it rebranded as the Organ and Dragon.
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