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McMullen’s Tackling the Virus

Written by Les Middlewood

Supporting The Pubs

Congratulations to local brewers McMullens who, because of the coronavirus pandemic and closure order on its pubs, have taken a positive and honourable stance and wiped April and May rents completely for their tenants – they will continue to assess the position if the closure order continues into June and beyond. Whilst the greatest number of McMullen pubs are managed these days, the brewer still has 30 or so pubs that are tenanted – most in Hertfordshire.

This move is in no way typical of all pub companies – many of the largest are still charging tenants rent or just delaying rent – even though most have little way of opening to make a living during the crisis.

Take Home beers

Mac’s have opened their Hertford brewery yard to the public for takeaway bottled beers, wine and 10 and 20ltr boxes of their draught AK, Country and IPA beers. It’s a drive-thru’ so best precautions have been taken. For timings and details go to their website:

Mac’s Fresh Produce cheers for the NHS

And if you are working for the NHS, Macs’s are showing their support by opening brewery and pub-based drive-thru’ shops for NHS workers to buy fresh produce at cost price – just pre-order via the website and collect 2-3 hours later: These can be found at the brewery in Hartham Lane, Hertford and at the Bull, Broxbourne – Millstream, Hitchin – Red Lion, Hatfield – Nag’s Head, Bishop’s Stortford – Three Horseshoes, Hooks Cross.


  • What about ‘The Greyhound’ in Begeo Street, what is it’s future now that John and Sammy are giving it up, and when will it actually be opening – few preparations are evident from the outside?

    Nick Sloan, Bengeo St, resident.

  • We believe they left earlier this week and imagine Mac’s will now be trying to find suitable replacement tenants but at this particular time we suspect they have been busy and preoccupied in dealing with all of their other pubs re-opening after the Covid lockdown. So the timing of the departure is particularly unfortunate for Bengeo pub-goers. The Greyhound is, of course, the first pub Mac’s acquired – in the 1830’s – and not so long ago they spent some sizeable sums on the property after the fire which hopefully demonstrates that they are committed to the pub’s future. Like you we hope it will re-open it soon.

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