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Court throw out pub's right to beer garden

posted 17 Mar 2009, 10:30 by David Rintoul   [ updated 17 Nov 2009, 18:36 ]

Residents have won a legal battle with the owners of a city bar after accusing them of stealing a patch of land for a beer garden.

Bosses at Au Bar in Shandwick Place angered members of the community after paving over the patch and setting out tables and seats for customers.

Locals said the title deeds proved that the grounds in the corner of Rutland Square have been owned by residents for more than 150 years and they spent £40,000 in legal fees to fight their case.

After hearing both sides in the dispute, Sheriff Nigel Morrison ruled in favour of the residents.

The pub has yet to be evicted from the beer garden as bosses are in negotiations with the residents to continue using the land in return for rent.