Established LGBT venue in Bedford seeks new licensee


Bedford’s Barley Mow pub, the longest-established LGBT venue in the country, is looking for a new landlord.

According to owners, Admiral Taverns, the former manager, Dan Fisher ‘handed in his notice’.

The pub was, until recently, run by Dan Fisher who also looked after the Bear in Bedford High Street. Mr Fisher operated numerous pubs throughout the region.

As reported in the Bedford Independent, Mr Fisher had been facing allegations from former staff of unpaid wages, tax and holiday pay.

Read here: Allegations mounting against Bear and Barley Mow operator

Following our investigation, new owners have taken over at the Bear, re-employing Hannah Deverick behind the bar and welcoming regulars back.

Read here: ‘The Bear is well and truly back’: Legendary Bedford pub to reopen under new management

A spokesperson from Admiral Taverns said, “We can confirm that the licensee has handed in his notice at the Barley Mow and we are recruiting for the pub.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate to comment further on his personal business at this time.”