Mystery buyers snap up two pubs
HOPES are high that two Gloucestershire pubs may be saved after they were scooped up by new owners.
Both the Hop Pole, in Cheltenham, and the Sun Inn, in Winchcombe, closed down over the last year and were listed to be sold off at an auction at Hilton Puckrup Hall, near Tewkesbury, yesterday.
But neither venue ended up going under the hammer after mystery buyers came forward to take them on.
At this point, it is not clear whether they have been bought with the intention of keeping them as pubs.
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But the news has fuelled hopes among regulars at both watering holes that they will reopen under new management.
Dave Finch, who lives near the Hop Pole, in Gloucester Road, said: “It’s always a shame to see good old pubs close down.
“The Hop Pole has obviously been struggling for a while so it would be nice to see it back open again.
“It would probably need investment to smarten it up.
“But the fact that it has been bought up shows someone has got a master plan for it, whether that’s as a pub again we will have to wait and see,” he said.
The Hop Pole was an established pub in Gloucester Road until its doors shut in February.
Before that, in 2012, landlord Danny Lewis said he would have to give up the lease after seven-and-a-half years after struggling with high rents, rates and supermarket booze offers.
Meanwhile, the Sun Inn in North Street, Winchcombe, has been closed for the last year.
Tess Deacon, who works at the nearby Cake and Sugarcraft Boutique, said: “The Sun Inn was always a pretty popular pub with locals who went there to drink or to watch the sport.
“I’m sure most people would be pretty pleased if it reopened.”
Sidney Phillips, the agency which marketed the pubs, said neither the Hop Pole nor the Sun Inn had quite reached their £275,000 asking prices.
When contacted by The Echo yesterday a spokeswoman for the company was unable to give details of who was behind the respective purchases.
“All I can say is that both venues were bought prior to the auction,” she said.
“It shows there was a good deal of interest in them.”