Discounts available to new tenants at the Edith Cavell pub in Tombland, Norwich

Discounts on beer and rent incentives are being offered to new tenants to take over a historic Norwich pub which remains closed despite despite getting a complete revamp.

Pub company Enterprise Inns has previously pledged to reopen the Edith Cavell in Tombland as quickly as possible.

But the pub has been closed for about nine months despite its undergoing a complete refurbishment and refit.

Humberstones agents has been appointed by Enterprise to find new tenants, and director Stephen Tucker said: 'This is an exciting opportunity for new operators to acquire a prime site in the heart of the 'restaurant quarter' of the city close to the cathedral. This property has bars/dining areas on ground and first floor with kitchen and staff facilities on the second with the added bonus that everything is brand new. Enterprise is happy to offer business start-up support which will include discounts off wet purchases and may included rent incentives in the initial years.'

The pub is one of the city's oldest watering holes which bears the name of Norfolk's famous war heroine.

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The Swardeston-born nurse was shot by a firing squad in 1915 for helping British and Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. She is buried in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral and a statue of her stands on Tombland near the pub.

The Edith Cavell had previously been called the Army and Navy Stores from 1879 before taking on the name Edith Cavell in 1981. It changed its name to Coles in 2005 before reverting back to the Edith Cavell in 2008.

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The pub was closed in November 2010, before re-opening just before Christmas, and also previously shut in December 2007, but reopened at the end of April 2008.

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