Ipswich: The owner of a popular Ipswich pub pays tribute to his customers as he looks for a new owner for the venue
The owner of a popular Ipswich pub today paid tribute to his customers after announcing a buyer is being sought for the venue.
The Arboretum, in High Street, shut its doors at the end of last month so gas works could take place.
But with a new business venture under way and the loss of key members of staff, owner Ben Taylor said the time was right to move on.
He said: “We have had some really good times and we have made a lot of new friends.
“I think we have done ourselves proud. Everyone was sad to see us go but it is a new chapter in our lives as far as business goes.”
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Mr Taylor, a chef by trade, was at the helm of the Arboretum for three years along with his wife, Anne and head chef and shareholder, Nick Salmon.
Mr Taylor added: “We would like to thank our customers for the last three years. We have had some really good times and hopefully they can carry on enjoying it in our absence.”
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A buyer is still being sought but Mr Taylor said there has been interest in the pub.