Physical, dynamic, perhaps even arresting. A sincere review for a theatrical performance, an equally apt description of our local pub, King Billy. Located on the corner of Longbrook Street, is the haunting pub where we lay our scene.
the owner does not want me there, the locals do not want me there, I certainly do not want to be there
As I enter, I am welcomed with a heavy wave of regret and a general displeasure of my entrance: the owner does not want me there, the locals do not want me there, I certainly do not want to be there. Disregarding the company, the bar offers cheap drinks and copious amounts of space, with no ambient music- it is a perfect spot to get to know and chat with friends; just remember to peg your nose and wear shoes that do not grip for a swift exit.
this iconic spot that we love to hate
Unfortunately, this iconic spot that we love to hate may soon be departing the EX4 scene. Exeter City council have submitted a plan to demolish the site and replace it with 124 student flats. This is to build on the location of the King Billy and its adjacent derelict site. This sad news is like watching your family dog being put down by the vet, however, it would be worse to let it continue suffering. Now we will have 124 purpose built student bedrooms as well as two new commercial units, and secure parking for bicycles. The latter singularly being a more enticing use for the public than the King Billy itself.
This new site offers more space for the student population in the city and the opportunity for two new businesses to start up, both equally exciting. We can now say goodbye to the haunted house of Exeter that we all secretly loved to be thrilled by.