An historic Bressingham pub has closed after the publicans quit just two months after reopening the restored inn, which was destroyed in a devastating fire.

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Mystery surrounds the reasons behind the decision by tenants Tony and Stephanie Heavey to leave the Chequers Inn in Low Road, which the couple reopened in July following rebuilding work in the aftermath of a devastating thatch fire in 2009.

The decision could have knock-on effects for community groups which had booked the pub and restaurant for meals and other events.

Mr Heavey, who runs 11 pubs, bars and hotels in Scotland with Scottish Pub Group, pledged in July to put the pub at the heart of the community, adding the couple specialised in reopening closed or failing community pubs and would run the Chequers Inn as it had been prior to the fire.

But a spokesman for pub company Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, said: “It is only a temporary closure and we are actively looking to recruit a new publican to reopen the pub as soon as possible. Any bookings will be passed to the new publican in due course.”

More than 80 firefighters from Norfolk and Suffolk tackled the thatch fire on October 17, 2009 which destroyed the roof and damaged the first floor timber framed walls and 20th century extensions.

The following year Enterprise Inns was given permission to carry out the restoration work, which was delayed in November 2010 when archaeologists uncovered pre-17th century human remains and a cache of American guns and ammunition at the site, including five Browning pistols and a semi-automatic rifle.

The human remains are set to be reburied within the village, as close to where they were found as possible, on October 10 in a service led by Canon Tony Billett, rector of Diss at 10.30am.

9 comments

  • "An historic" is not correct. It's just people trying to be clever when they're not. According to Oxford Dictionaries: " If horrific was pronounced ‘orrific’ and historic was pronounced ‘istoric’ then it would be appropriate to refer to ‘an istoric occasion’ or ‘an orrific accident’. "

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    LLCK

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I had my 16th, 18th and 21st birthdays there and my stag do there

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    Cupboard

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Just goes to show what a stranglehold the large pubco's (property companies in reality) have on village pubs. They tie their tenants up with huge rents and then charge over the going rate for the wet products. That's why a lot of pubs go hell for leather for the dry trade and end up being restaurants!

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    ME

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Enterprise Inns. Say no more.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • An historic .... is correct.

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    MrsP

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • And Punch Taverns are no better!

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    ME

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Mr Heavey said "We specialised in reopening closed or failing community pubs" did he mean Reclosing opened pubs ???

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    Roland

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Another pub closes and the main topic of debate is 1 single letter. Too much time, not enough hands.

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    Horatio

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Unless you're dropping your "h"s, then it's "A historic" not "An historic" !

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    LLCK

    Monday, September 24, 2012

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