London real estate company buys boarded-up Thorpe St Andrew pub
The new owners of a boarded-up pub in Thorpe St Andrew remain tight-lipped over its future.
London-based asset management company Marlinspike confirmed it was behind the recent purchase of The Griffin pub, on Yarmouth Road.
The once-popular premises was put up for sale by Ei Publican Partnerships last year, sparking fresh concerns about its future.
Gary Leigh, a director at Marlinspike, said the company was still “working up ideas” for the site.
He added: “Nothing is going to happen in the short term.”
When asked whether the premises would remain as a pub, Mr Leigh said: “anything is possible at this stage.”
In its heyday, The Griffin would see coach-loads of customers turn up for a drink and bite to eat.
But today, the boarded-up pub is a shadow of its former self.
Speaking about the condition of the premises last year, Joanna Francis, who is the daughter of the pub’s former landlords, said: “It is really quite sad because back in the day when mum and dad ran it, it really was a busy pub.
“During the Great Yarmouth races we used to have up to 10 coaches full of people turn up.
“I hope I am wrong, but it is a two acre plot and I do understand what is happening around Norwich in terms of development.
“I just really hope it doesn’t happen there.”
Marlinspike’s website states it has worked on a variety of projects in joint venture with banks, fully listed property companies, high net worth individuals and family offices.
Its previous projects have included the transformation of large-scale office space into residential accommodation.
Richard Dixon, pubs protection officer for the Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, said: “We don’t want to see the loss of another pub. If a planning application does go in, we will be looking out for it and putting in an objection.”
Over the past decade, various landlords have tried to make a success of The Griffin, with one even turning it into a Tapas-themed restaurant.
According to Norfolk Pubs website, the premises was recorded as the Griffon in 1789.
Its name was then changed to the Griffin & Pleasure Gardens in 1888.
Almost 100 years later it became the Gunga Din’s Old Colonial House, before being named The Griffin in 2000.