The Aylesbeare Inn, is to be auctioned off in London next week and a member of staff from the company dealing with its sale, The Auction House, told me this morning that it ‘would be delivered empty’ and not sold as a going concern.

However, giving residents a glimmer of hope, he added that interest was a ‘mixed bag’, with enquiries from both developers AND from people interested in running a pub.

The advertisement on Right Move states:
FOR AUCTION Wednesday 31st October The Auction House London.
A large site comprising a Vacant Public House Associated Garden & Car Park. Separate Site with Planning Permission to erect Two Semi-Detached Houses with Gardens and Parking.
Guide price £200,000

The future is an uncertain one for the Aylesbeare Inn and for the many residents who are concerned about its loss.  It looks as though it will be closed – at least in the short-term, in a few weeks. 

Whether the closure is permanent depends on its buyer and on the outcome on any planning application for change of use, if one were submitted.

I would be very concerned about the possibility of permanent closure of Aylesbeare’s only pub.  Just last week a farm in the village closed – the second one in a few months.

I will be calling the Auction House again next week to find out who bought the pub and what their likely plans are.

I will keep residents informed.

Photograph:  The Aylesbeare Inn.