January 27 2015 Latest news:
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
It’s been closed for more than a year but the only pub left in Blofield could soon be reopening, with a new publican waiting in the wings to take it on.
The King’s Head in Blofield was once a popular watering hole thanks to its prominent position at a cross roads in the heart of the village.
But fears had recently been raised that it could suffer the fate of many other pubs, and either be sold for residential development or turned into a supermarket.
However, a spokesman for Enterprise Inns said this week: “We are now in final discussions with a potential new publican, which is good news. The deal is close to being completed.”
The news has been welcomed by David Ward, vice-chairman of Blofield Parish Council, who said: “It would be the best thing to happen for Blofield.”
The pub closed following the death of its last landlord, Charlie Pugh, in September 2012.
Steve Briggs, who lives near the pub in Church Road, was a former regular and helped run the pub quiz for a while in the 1990s, also playing bridge with friends every Thursday for many years.
He said: “It would be great to hear after such a long time that the King’s Head is finally going to see a new tenant and reopen. But we have had our hopes raised and dashed before so we are keeping our fingers crossed this time.”
He said that until Mr Pugh’s death, public houses had traded in Blofield for nearly 250 years.
A history of the King’s Head reveals that it was licensed in 1836 when the population of Blofield was about 1110 people - today’s population is around 3400.
The pub is set on a large plot of land with two separate car parks, one of which was previously leased to Broadland District Council on behalf of the village. This car park has now been fenced off.
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