‘I will keep it going until it is sold’ - The Bell in Salhouse put up for sale by Enterprise Inns

The pub, which dates back to 1789, has opened and closed several times over the past six years under

The pub, which dates back to 1789, has opened and closed several times over the past six years under various leaseholders. Photo: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant � 2009

A community pub has been put up for sale just months after it reopened under new management.

The Bell Inn, on Lower Street in Salhouse, near Norwich, has opened and closed several times over the past six years.

Most recently, the premises - owned by Enterprise Inns - was taken on by leaseholder Tamer Bulbul in November 2016.

But the company has revealed it is now selling the pub, which was made an Asset of Community Value in 2014.

Mr Bulbul, 48, from Norwich, said he was considering purchasing the premises, but would need help raising £265,000 to buy it.

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'I am still running the pub and I will keep it going until it is sold, but I don't know how long that will be,' he said.

'I am trying to buy it myself, but I want someone to buy it with me.'

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Mr Bulbul, who also runs The Ram in Brundall, said the premises needed £5,000 to £10,000 worth of investment to enable it to serve food.

But he said he was currently unwilling to make the investment due to his contract with Enterprise.

'My hands are tied at the moment,' Mr Bulbul said. 'It can be a successful pub, but you need to be serving food.

'Over Christmas it was fairly busy, but since then it has been very quiet.'

The Bell previously closed on October 10 last year due to personal circumstances with the former publican.

A spokesperson for Enterprise, which bought the pub in 2004, said: 'As part of our on-going business, we do from time to time identify a pub that may no longer have a long-term future in our estate.

'After careful consideration, the decision has been made to sell the freehold of The Bell Inn, Salhouse and the pub is currently being openly marketed.'

Following the pub's closure in October 2013, Salhouse Parish Council requested for the pub to be made a community asset.

Being on the list does not restrict who the property can be sold to, or at what price.

But it means that if a property is put up for sale, community interest groups get extra leeway to raise money to bid for them.

Anyone interested in purchasing the pub should visit www.fleurets.com or call 020 7280 4700

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