It can be done!
From Toller Porcorum:
"Interesting report on BBC South tonight (not South West) (1st March) on the Jolly Anglers at Reading. Owned by Enterprise Inns it was closed suddenly by them for development into flats. The locals campaigned and it has been sold by Enterprise to the independent brewery West Berkshire Brewery. If you google Jolly Anglers Reading there are reports about it – and the Reading Chronicle report."