Pub could go up for sale after appeal loss

Bristol House campaigners.

Bristol House campaigners. - Credit: Archant

A WESTON pub, which has been listed as a community asset, could be sold after more than a year of campaigning by regulars to keep its doors open.

The 70-year-old Bristol House has been advertised on owner Enterprise Inns’ website with an annual rent figure of £17,000 but it now looks like the site could be sold off.

The news comes after Enterprise lost an appeal against North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to extend the watering hole.

The initial plan outlined an intention to expand the pub in Milton Road by a single storey, which customers saw as a way to make the property more attractive to supermarket giant Tesco, which was looking to target the area.

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We continue to review all options for the Bristol House Inn, of which the sale of the freehold is one, but no final decisions have been made at this stage.”

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Campaigner Mark Thyer said the news of the potential sell-off was disappointing and he believes the pub could still thrive in the area if another landlord is brought in.

He said: “The pub occupies a fantastic location and there are plenty of houses around and benefits from being on a main road.

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“Pubs in the Enterprise Inns portfolio with a similar model do very well with an experienced, active and vibrant tenant.”

The group has asked the company to reconsider its options, and warned it will have to obey the ‘community asset’ rules.

The pub was listed as such earlier this year after town councillors made a recommendation to North Somerset Council and said it served a large community.

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