A Mexborough pub with a history dating back to the 14th Century has been given a last minute reprieve after being threatened with closure.
The Ferry Boat Inn was put up for auction recently by Punch Taverns. The property however did not sell and the pub was under threat of imminent closure.
Local Mexborough businessman, Chris Dooney, approached the owners to see if a deal could be done and has now taken the pub over.
Chris, who has experience of bar and restaurant management, said he was looking forward to the challenge.
He said: “It was essential to get the pub on a freehold basis to free it of its tie. It is a tough enough market as it is without being forced to pay more for your stock and being told what you can sell. I have plans to introduce sensibly priced guest cask ales as well as the traditional lines.
“The pub is being cleaned and revamped and opened last Saturday. A pub should be a focal point in any community and cater accordingly - I hope to restore this principle so watch this space.”
The purchase was assisted by the Bridge Property Group. Director Alex Brearley, said: “We were delighted to help Chris with the project.
“My granddad was a regular customer there in the 1950s and 1960s and my Dad also in the 1970s. Pub companies have made it difficult for people to make a living from pubs, particularly in the present climate, leaving many to close so we are glad to see The Ferryboat become viable, with a good landlord and future. It is a pub with a lot of history, being part of the old Mexborough village”.
Bridge Property Group is to make copies of some of the older documents making up the deeds to pass onto Mexborough Heritage Society for their archive.