Pub petition: Wanstead will be a poorer place if The George closes


A petition urging Wetherspoons not to sell The George in Wanstead has received widespread support.

It follows confirmation the historic venue is on the market. “The George is currently under offer but will remain open and trading as a Wetherspoons pub until it is sold,” said a spokesperson for the pub chain, which has run the site since April 1992.

Amidst rumours the venue could be turned into a gastropub, many signing the petition are fearful of losing an affordable community asset. “The George is a local landmark, offering excellent food and drink at reasonable prices. It offers a haven for people through the generations. The fact 2,000-plus people have signed the petition so far shows the sense of feeling in the community. Wanstead will be a poorer place if The George closes, so I urge Wetherspoons to think again about selling,” said Councillor Paul Donovan.