Building could benefit the Harleston community

Chameleon House in Harleston is a restaurant space which is trying to find new owners after the curr

Chameleon House in Harleston is a restaurant space which is trying to find new owners after the current ones shut up the food side of their business to concentrate on their bed and breakfast. Ginni Ashken along with her husband Peter, used to run the restaurant but want to handover the keys to someone who can embrace the history and feel of the building. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

In its 400 year history Chameleon House, in Harleston, has had a colourful trading past.

Chameleon House in Harleston is a restaurant space which is trying to find new owners after the curr

Chameleon House in Harleston is a restaurant space which is trying to find new owners after the current ones shut up the food side of their business to concentrate on their bed and breakfast. Ginni Ashken (pictured) along with her husband Peter, used to run the restaurant but want to handover the keys to someone who can embrace the history and feel of the building. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

While upstairs it remains the Rooms at No 3 Bed and Breakfast, downstairs the restaurant has been closed since June.

Peter Ashken, who owns the building and runs the bed and breakfast with his wife, Ginni, said he hopes to find someone to take over the restaurant space and continue it as somewhere for people to eat or a place to benefit the community.

Mr Ashken, who bought the building in 1995, said: 'For the town it would be lovely to keep it as a restaurant.

'When we bought the building it had been a wine shop. It had been St John's school and there was an off-license at the back.


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'It has always had a lot of different things going on with it. It gives jobs to the town and benefits the town.'

He added he did not want it to be turned into flats and would like to see it become a focus point for the town.

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'It is very important to the community,' Mr Ashken said. 'It could be a town hall, an art centre or something for the museum.

For more information visit https://chameleonhouse.co.uk/

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