A well-established Epworth pub that stunned locals by its recent sudden closure is attracting new interest, says its owning company.
Enterprise Inns is offering the Queen’s Head Hotel in Queen Street to new tenants for an annual guide rent of £18,500 per year.
Formerly run by the same couple for over 20 years, the Queen’s Head is a period property that has three-bedroomed accommodation available, and a beer garden with a sizeable car park.
A cask ales pub, it has a single open-plan room with what Enterprise describe as a ‘traditional ambience’ and has featured pool, darts, live sports viewing and live music in the past.
Local residents said no-one knew anything about the reason behind the swift closure, but that the pub had appeared to be struggling for trade in its final weeks.
Resident Chris Stones, of Epworth News, said: “It’s a blow for Epworth . It’s part of the fabric of the town. The young people will miss it.”
Her colleague Mandy Billington added: “It was a real community pub at one time, with its own Bonfire Night event and other functions. The young people who went there will miss it. It’s never been a food pub but it didn’t seem to suffer for that.”
Rumours that another Enterprise pub, the Mowbray Arms in Epworth. is also to be closed were quashed by its landlady Linda Hubbard.
She said: “There are all sorts of rumours circulating after the closure of the Queen’s, but there’s nothing happening here. As far as I’m concerned it’s business as usual.
“Enterprise have told me nothing about what’s happening at the Queen’s. I’m as much in the dark as anyone about what will be done with it. Hopefully it will open up again soon.”
The Enterprise website describes the pub as “a unique opportunity to take on an established wet led business and develop further with a new direction.”
It adds: “The Queens Head is suitable for someone new to the licensed trade or established publicans looking for their next challenge.”
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We can confirm that the Queen’s Head has closed following the former publican’s decision to cease trading. However, we are already actively recruiting for a new publican.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with the enthusiasm and vision to take the Queens Head’s vibrant trade history and drive the business even further forward.”
The building is described as central and close to local amenities such as the convenience store and other small independent retailers.
Anyone interested in finding out more is urged by the company to call 0800 953 0072.