A popular pub amongst home and away supporters in Aston has remained closed for more than a week.
The Witton Arms, situated on the corner of Aston Lane and Witton Lane, is closed once more today despite Villa’s home match against Everton.
Match days remain the busiest day of the week for the pub trade in Aston while the Witton Arms is one of just two pubs close to Villa Park – the other being the Yew Tree – to accept away supporters.
BirminghamLive has been informed that the Witton Arms is now under new ownership with the landlord unable to open for today’s 5.30pm kick-off due to renovation work.
Dozens of Everton supporters were forced to walk away from their usual watering hole this afternoon with the gates remaining locked.
A Toffees fan said: “I’m gutted, mate. We didn’t know it was closed. We’ve been coming here for years, it’s ace as it’s right by the ground. I hope it reopens.”
Elsewhere in the vicinity of Aston, the Aston Tavern, the Sacred Heart and newly-refurbished Aston Inn remain busy, with the latter installing a new six-pump bar in the beer garden which will be ready for Villa’s next home fixture against Wolves on October 16. Plans are also in place to extend the beer garden to increase capacity.
Today also sees the opening of the Holte Suite for the first time since lockdown first commenced back in March 2020. The facility underneath the Holte End is for season-ticket and Claret members prior to kick-off while it’s open to fans at half-time as well as post-match.
The Holte Pub, situated on the corner of Trinity Road and Witton Lane, remains closed with Villa remaining hopeful that it will reopen in the next month or so.