The pub is prominently located on Gringer Hill, in a densely populated residential suburb, approximately one mile north of the town centre and mainline station.
Two years ago, The Craufurd Arms looked destined to become the latest pub to call last orders for the final time. It was put on the market in October 2016, prompting the swift formation of a community action group among the regulars who were determined to save their local pub.
In December 2012 the Golden Harp pub in Furze Platt (situated a mile north of the Craufurd Arms) was closed and re-developed into a convenience store. Tesco had secured a 20-year lease on the property without consulting the community as at the time it was not a requirement to do so.
The Furze Platt Action Group (FPAG) was formed to lessen the impact of the development on the Furze Platt Triangle Conservation area in which the pub was situated. Meanwhile, the FPAG registered The Craufurd Arms as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with the Borough Council and in August 2016 the Council received a ‘Notice of Relevant Disposal’ from the Wellington Pub Company Plc. Within a week the Craufurd Arms Community Group was formed with the aim of bringing the pub into community ownership.