Plants stolen from former restaurant

Published on: 30 Jan 2018


by Keri Beckingham 

One of the former owners of a closed restaurant in Westbury-on-Trym is appealing for information after some of her plants were stolen.

Terry Harris was one of the owners of the former independent restaurant The Villager, which first opened its doors in 1983. Although the restaurant closed three years ago, Terry still lives in the premises with her family. 

“There used to be two huge plants by the front door,” said Terry.

“They were common tropical-type plants similar to the green cordyline variety that you often see on council roundabouts.  One was given to me as gift 25 years ago by someone who used to work at the restaurant, and one morning a few months ago my partner asked me if I had moved this plant in particular, as he said it had gone. 

“We’ve previously had smaller plants moved and taken in the forecourt, and hanging baskets were also taken when the restaurant was open, but I just don’t understand how they managed to get this one away as it is so heavy. They must have used a vehicle to take it away, and I suspect there was more than one person involved too.”

In addition to the large tropical-type plant in a grey glazed ceramic pot that was taken, a smaller plant also of a tropical variety has been stolen along with three fruit trees that were in the car port. 

Terry added: “There have been many incidents round here over the last few months, such as attempted burglaries and some of my neighbours have also had plants taken too. It feels like some people think it’s a free for all. Before Christmas, we also had an attempted burglary along with the cottages next door, so I’m not sure if these incidents are linked or not.

“Although our restaurant closed three years ago, I have still been looking after this particular plant and I just can’t see why someone would want to take it. It had a lot of sentimental value, and I expect it will have just been sold on as I imagine it would probably fetch over £100.” 

Although Terry accepts it is unlikely that she will get her plants back, any readers who have information about the incident are asked to please get in touch with the Henleaze and Westbury Voice by emailing and we will pass the details on to her.

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