Baker Arms - a Community Pub

The historic Baker Arms pub, a cornerstone of Bayford's community for generations, is at a crossroads. 

After several difficult years for the hospitality industry, the doors closed in June 2023. 

We're rallying together, aiming to re-open it as working pub & community hub, welcoming visitors from near & far.

Please join us in this crucial effort to preserve a piece of our village's soul by completing our survey.

 We're keen to hear your ideas for the pub's future. 

An online survey about how you might use the pub and what services you'd like to see will be open until the end of October. 

Anonymised findings will presented at a public meeting, which will be an opportunity for further discussions on the proposals.   

For details, please sign up to our mailing list, via the survey or contacts below.

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First milestone passed in securing a community future for the Baker Arms

Thursday, 28th September 2023 

Following the launch of our campaign, we are happy to announce a first big milestone. On the 20th September our application for the Baker Arms to be given ACV (Asset of Community Value) status was granted by East Herts District Council. 

ACV status means that during the council's listing period, which runs for the next five years, the community will have to be informed if the pub is put up for sale by the current owners. If the pub is listed for sale, the community can enact a Community Right To Bid which gives us a moratorium period of six months to determine whether we can raise the finances to buy the asset ourselves. It wouldn't give us a right to buy, but it would buy us some time to come up with our own bid should the pub be put on the market. 

Here is useful guide that explains what ACV status is and what it entitles us to:

Launch of Save the Baker Arms Campaign

Sunday, 24th September 2023 

Today we launch our campaign to save the Baker Arms. To have your say & help influence the way forward, please fill in our survey linked below. It's open to everyone & all the information gathered will be vital in shaping the future of the pub.

Friends of Baker Arms formed

Wednesday, 19th July 2023

News of the sudden departure of Baker Arms landlords was met by a strong show of support from the village and beyond at the closing nights and today's Parish Council meeting.

There has been a pub on the site for over 200 years. It one of the last true village amenities, the post office, shop and blacksmith having departed long ago.

A working group has now been formed to explore options for a viable future for the pub.

Some 180 pubs in Britain have been successfully taken on by community groups, which is one model being considered. Some of these democratically run pubs have evolved to meet the needs of their patrons, incorporating cafes, shops and creative spaces.

Whatever the way forward, your support for the Baker Arms will be crucial to its success. We intend to hold a public engagement event in the Autumn; please stand by for updates and meanwhile any ideas or queries are welcome.