One of Reading town centre's ‘last boozers' has been left looking sad and empty since it closed down three months ago.

The ceiling has partially collapsed inside The Horn, in Castle Street, and the furniture has been removed from the Grade II listed building.

Sandra Bleek, who subleased the pub from Star Pubs and Pars, said she was sad to leave the long-standing community 'boozer' but said her hands were tied.

The pub closed on June 12 after Star decided not to renew their lease with the property’s owner, Broadway Inns.

“It would have been wonderful to be able to stay on, it’s just another town centre pub gone,” said Sandra.

“It was a proper pub pub, it was a boozer and there’s not many of those left, otherwise you’re going into bars or clubs.”

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She added: “Unfortunately it is old and it needs quite a bit of work and from what we understand it’s falling to pieces a little bit.”

Sandra and her husband Alan moved to Reading in 2008 to lease the Turks and the Horn, taking on staff that would stick with them for the next 12 years.

Now the Horn is filled with dust, not punters, and its characterful furniture and fairy lights have long disappeared.

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“It has been a massive part of our life and we really did love our time there and we wanted to thank all our customers both old and new. There was a lot of regulars over the years.

“It was recognised as being somewhere where somebody would know someone who frequented the pub, so it was nice as a community-type situation and we hope to see some of the regulars and non-regulars at one of our other pubs – the door is always open.”

Luckily, the couple managed to relocate all their employees apart from one to the Turks and their other Reading pubs; the Angel and the Queens Head.

“It was a shame for the Horn, particularly being that it’s right in the centre of town, it’s an absolutely fantastic site in terms of location, unfortunately are hands were tied when Star decided not to pursue a renewal of the lease.”

The Reading Chronicle were unable to contact Broadway Inns for comment.