Less than a year after a major refurbishment, The Hundred House
mysteriously closed in early January 2006. By the end of
the month the pub had been boarded up and looked awful. See for
Shock Closure of The Hundred
This was the story from the local rag, published Wednesday 25th
"A `LANDMARK' pub on a main road approach to Bromsgrove, which was
suddenly boarded up last week, could soon be open for business again.
Customers and residents living near the Hundred House on the corner of
Stourbridge Road and Broad Street were surprised when the windows and
door were boarded up apparently without warning.
Last year the eye-catching pub had an expensive refit and at the same
time it dropped its name The Merlin to revert back to the Hundred House.
This week a spokesman for owners Punch Taverns said: "The previous
retailers have left the Hundred House to pursue new interests, which
means that we had to close the pub for a short period of time.
"We can however assure customers that we do have a new retailer for the
Hundred House and will open for business as soon as possible.""
I wrote to Punch Taverns about the future of the pub and received a
reply postmarked 27 Jan. Contrary to what was stated in the
paper, it was clear they did not
have a new retailer. In fact they were offering £500 if I
could suggest someone who later signed an agreement with them!
Thankfully, a few weeks later, the pub re-opened.