Campaigner opens new Handmade Burger Co restaurant in Peterborough’s Westgate Arcade

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A vocal campaigner to save the Old Still pub had the honour of opening the new Handmade Burger Co restaurant on the pub’s old site.

Alan Dowson and wife Anne were the first customers into the new restaurant in Westgate Arcade as it finally opened its doors on Friday, April 10.

Alan (76) spent years trying to save the Old Still from shutting its doors in the heart of Queensgate.

But having seen time finally called on the pub Alan was pleased to see that the site was still being put good to use - and he said he will even go back there to eat.

Alan said: “I’m glad the building has not been demolished or altered to a large extent. I feel a bit of sadness to see the garden area go but otherwise they have done a good job.

“The layout is excellent and hopefully people will enjoy their visit.”

Alan Dowson and Matthew Sargeant opening the Handmade Burger Co restaurant

Alan Dowson and Matthew Sargeant opening the Handmade Burger Co restaurant

Alan addressed members of staff at the restaurant regarding his memories of the pub when he was a regular in the 1970s and 80s.

He then cut the ribbon around noon alongside owner Matthew Sargeant.

Alan added: “We were told on a Wednesday afternoon the pub would be sold and that the evening was the last opportunity to drink there.

“On Thursday morning I cried when I woke up. Part of Peterborough disappeared. It’s one of the city’s gems.

We were told on a Wednesday afternoon the pub would be sold. On Thursday morning I cried when I woke up.

Alan Dowson

“I have lots of pleasant memories of this place.

“My favourite memory is sitting on the front bar having a pint of beer and seeing the Dean of the Cathedral read the Church Times.”