What does the future hold for historic village hotel?

PUBLISHED: 14:07 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:07 12 February 2016

The White Hart in Welwyn

The White Hart in Welwyn

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The future of an iconic village hotel, pub and restaurant remains a mystery

White Hart in Welwyn: Closed noticeWhite Hart in Welwyn: Closed notice

The White Hotel in Welwyn lies empty five weeks after the previous tenants left.

The 500-year-old building is owned by brewers Charles Wells.

A spokesman for the company told the Welwyn Hatfield Times, it was “working hard” to secure a new tenant.

But he stated no deal had yet been done.

There is growing unrest among regulars at the hotel, who have been left ‘homeless’ since its closure.

A number have contacted the paper, upset at the apparent lack of progress.

At the end of January yobs broke into the building prompting fire alarms to be set off.

A police spokesman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “At around 5pm on January 21, it’s believed three males entered The White Hart in Prospect Place, Welwyn, via an emergency exit, which they had forced open.

“They started smoking in the building, which caused the fire alarm to sound. The males then left.

“Investigations are continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Herts Police via 101, quoting crime reference B1/16/267.”

There is now a note in a window at the hotel saying a caretaker is on site 24/7.

Today, Friday, workers were carrying out re-pointing work on brickwork at the front of the hotel.

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