Untrue closure gossip “devastating” to Sidmouth pub

15:28 21 January 2013

(L to R) Paul  Coe, head chef Phil Boardman, Belinda Coe, bar manager Simon Hoare and chef Jean-Paul Coe.

(L to R) Paul Coe, head chef Phil Boardman, Belinda Coe, bar manager Simon Hoare and chef Jean-Paul Coe.

Archant

OWNERS of a family-run Sidmouth pub and restaurant fear unfounded rumours it is going out of business are now threatening to do just that.

Belinda and Paul Coe, who run The Bowd Inn, say the completely untrue gossip has “snowballed” and devastated trade.

“It is losing us our livelihood,” they told the Herald this week.

The parents-of-three say they have grafted to make the business, which employs 14 staff, a success since taking it over three years ago.

But the past six weeks has seen them have to fend off misinformation that they had gone bankrupt and that New Year’s Eve was their last day of trading.

A submission on a review website even erroneously stated the venue was boarded up. Belinda and Paul say several Christmas parties in January have been cancelled as a result and regulars are no longer visiting.

“Our trade has been affected so much it’s been devastating,” said Belinda.

“People think we are closing down but we want to let everyone know we’re still trading. We’re still here and we’re still doing the same – nothing has changed.”

She and Paul think the rumours started when they opted to close on Mondays at the end of October.

Paul, 50, said: “Someone started a rumour and it has snowballed.

“For this to happen is crazy – it could put us out of business if this goes on.

“It has been horrendous.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:35
Exeter Crown Court.

An alleged professional criminal funded a jet-setting lifestyle by masterminding burglaries across Devon, including in Ottery St Mary and Beer, it was claimed at Exter Crown Court.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:23
The health watch has already seen success in several communities including Budleigh Salterton, Lympstone and Newton St Cyres.

A recent decision which saw Sidmouth miss out on the chance to trial a pioneering support scheme was down to a lack of necessity for the project - not a lack of interest.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:08
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Read more
Thu, 11:17
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Read more
Ottery St Mary Hospital entrance. Ref sho 7454-44-14TI Picture: Terry Ife

Campaigners have accused health authorities of leaving a ‘veil of secrecy’ over discussions to determine the future of Ottery’s hospital - and are appealing for support.

Read more
Wed, 12:08
Angry Sidmouth residents gathered at Knowle Gardens in 2013 after having their application for a public footpath to run through the grounds rejected. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5623-26-13AW

Walkers may still be able to enjoy a stroll through the ‘upper terraces’ area of Knowle, even if proposals to build a retirement community on the site go ahead as planned.

Read more
Wed, 11:44
Paul Johnston of The Old Post Office, Fairmile, is appealing to motorists to slow down. Ref sho 3361-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A resident who has been battling for two years for measures to stop speeding traffic on Ottery’s outskirts says lack of action could ‘cost a life’.

Read more
Wed, 09:53
Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a news conference in London where he announced his party's plans for the public sector. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Millions of teachers, nurses, police officers and other public sector workers will be spared further pay cuts under Liberal Democrat plans set out by Nick Clegg as he promised there was “light at the end of the tunnel” after years of austerity.

Read more
Tue, 18:30

Devon Freewheelers is always keen to recruit new volunteers to promote the charity and raise vital funds.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder