LANDLORDS of a city centre pub in Worcester are celebrating saying it 'means the world' to finally own the building.

The Pope family has become the owners of The Paul Pry, on The Butts, in Worcester, after officially buying the building.

The pub has been run by landlord Alex Pope and his family for the past five years. 

Mr Pope told the Worcester News: "We are a family business and this means the world to all of us.

"To finally have this come to fruition is amazing and it could not have been done without the help of the family."

The pub confirmed the news to patrons on social media, saying "We have done it. We are officially the new owners of The Paul Pry.

"After months of behind-the-scenes action (thank you again to Jack Brehaut at Oakley Independent and Oliver Hunt at HCR Solicitors, you guys are the best) we can now proudly announce we have bought the building.

"Some words to try to convey my current state of mind right now are relieved, excited, nervous, happy but mainly overwhelming proud of what the team have achieved over the past 5 years, making a once underappreciated pub into the warm, welcoming, home away from home that it is to so many of you.

"It was definitely a gamble taking it on and when covid hit I thought that was surely the end of us, but thanks to you all The Pry has blossomed.

"Believe me when I say the best is yet to come."

Worcester News: Owner of Paul Pry Alex Pope with his dog Alfie.Owner of Paul Pry Alex Pope with his dog Alfie.

The post also thanked all the family members for their support in the process of acquiring the pub. 

The comments on the announcement are full of people wishing the family well and sharing their excitement over the news.

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The venue is known for its Sunday roasts and laidback atmosphere. 

The Paul Pry, on The Butts closed in July 2016 but The Pope family, which owned Pope's Brewing Company in Blackpole, took over the site.

The 200-year-old pub shut down under its previous owners after just six months after they cited the "economic climate" for the closure.

At the time, Mr Pope hoped the more youthful look he wanted to create at the Grade II listed building would make the pub a success.

The city centre pub re-opened in February 2017.