The day before the venue reopened, a new £ 25,000 pub beer garden was destroyed on suspicion of arson.
Police and firefighters were called to Whitehorse in Tea Green near Luton, Hertfordshire, around 8:30 am on Wednesday.
Outdoor spaces with children’s playgrounds and fire pits were designed for family celebrations and wedding receptions, many of which were postponed during the blockade.
Hertfordshire police told Sky News that the area was “significantly damaged” by the time police arrived at the scene.
The fire was deliberately initiated around 1 am and is believed to be treated as arson, the unit said.
A message on the pub’s Facebook page described it as a “painful experience” and said it was overwhelmed by public support.
Landlord John Haynes told Sky News that the space was reserved until July and is scheduled for a grand opening on Thursday.
The pub still welcomes customers to other outdoor areas, but Haynes said the loss of the “secret garden” would result in a loss of about £ 2,000 in income per day.
“I can’t believe who will do this after the pub was already suffering from a pandemic,” he added.
The fire is being investigated by police and anyone with witnesses or information will be asked to call 101 and anonymously quote Crime Reference 41/26964/21 or Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
A new £ 25,000 outdoor area of the Hertfordshire Whitehorse Pub was destroyed in a fire | UK News
SourceA new £ 25,000 outdoor area of the Hertfordshire Whitehorse Pub was destroyed in a fire | UK News