“We are still open,” say the landlords of a popular pub, despite a planning application to convert the building into houses.

Bill and Sue Broad, landlords of The Nelson Inn in Cirencester, say they are still open despite the plans.

In September last year, it was revealed that a planning application had been submitted to change the site into six houses.

The Grade II listed building that has been located on Gloucester Street for more than 100 years.

However, the pub is still open for trade and the couple believe that some people have have got confused about the situation.

“Trade has been affected recently, people seem to think we’re closed but we’re not,” said Bill.

“We have customers come up to us when we are out and think we’re still closed and don’t realise we’re still open.

“We’ve even had people come in and say it’s our last night, that’s news to us!

“We are open and we are happy to welcome old and new customers.

“We look forward to welcoming customers for the foreseeable future.”

The couple say the pub is a great social hub, with a pool table, a darts board and packs of cards all available to customers to use. 

It also has a bluetooth system that allows customers to play their own music for free.

Customers can come in, link their phone to the system and play their music for between 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

Bill and Sue took over the pub in 1992, and 27 years later, the couple still have plenty of plans.

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“We have an open mic night every Sunday starting at 8.30pm, with a mix of genres playing,” the couple said.

“We have some great musicians come and play so it is a nice way to round up the weekend.

“The pub has instruments, a stage and a PA system for those who want to come and perform.”

If you are interested in taking part in the open mic sessions, call 01285 652402, email thenelsoninn@hotmail.co.uk or just turn up on the day.