St Neots town centre pubs put up for sale
A TOWN centre pub that had its licence suspended following allegations of a drive-by shooting and a kidnapping on its doorstep has been put up for sale. The Kings Head Hotel, formerly the Unique Bar and Nightclub, in South Street, St Neots, has been close
A TOWN centre pub that had its licence suspended following allegations of a drive-by shooting and a kidnapping on its doorstep has been put up for sale.
The Kings Head Hotel, formerly the Unique Bar and Nightclub, in South Street, St Neots, has been closed since January following a licensing hearing.
The future of the bar was called into question when a series of violent incidents took place just before Christmas, which resulted in police shutting the venue.
Huntingdonshire District Council's licensing panel then suspended the licence for three months and ruled that it could no longer operate as a nightclub.
You may also want to watch:
At the hearing, Punch Taverns said it was keen to refurbish the pub and reopen it as a traditional family pub serving home-cooked food.
But The Hunts Post has learnt that the pub chain has put the venue on the market for �425,000.
- 1 Murder most foul in village's historical records
- 2 St Ives schoolboy looking to claim national title with Kettering Town
- 3 Mum shares her experience in call for IVF to be reinstated
- 4 Man jailed for sexual relationship with schoolgirl
- 5 Hundreds sign petition to get drains cleared in Buckden after more flooding
- 6 Matt Hancock at Hinchingbrooke Hospital
- 7 Man dies following collision near Bluntisham
- 8 Read about the interesting history of the village of Broughton
- 9 Vaccine centre closure date announced amid 60,000 doses target
- 10 Family pets and beautiful wildlife for our Readers Photos this week
In a statement Punch Taverns said it was "currently exploring options around the future of the bar".
A spokesman said: "The venue is currently being marketed for sale but we are also reviewing options around refurbishing the site so it can re-open."
Another of the chain's pubs, the nearby Wrestlers in New Street, which had its licence suspended for eight weeks in 2007 following drug allegations, is also for sale. The freehold price is �350,000. Both are being marketed by Everard Cole.
Punch Taverns' spokesman added: "This does not form part of a strategy to move out of the area. Punch also owns the Hyde Park in St Neots and a number of other sites on the outskirts and we remain committed to supporting our licensees and helping them build successful, sustainable businesses."
A spokesman for Huntingdonshire District Council said the strict licensing conditions at the Kings Head Hotel would remain irrespective of who holds the licence.
Cllr Julia Hayward, leader of St Neots Town Council, said: "I'm sorry that Punch feels they have to put the pubs up for sale. I do not know whether it is because of the history or a more general business issue, but certainly recent events can not have helped.
"The Kings Head was an important part of the town's nightlife in the past and hopefully it can be a popular venue again.