Vow to reopen village pub

A 14th CENTURY pub popular with ramblers and artists which closed suddenly in mysterious circumstances will re-open, the owners vowed today.

A 14th CENTURY pub popular with ramblers and artists which closed suddenly in mysterious circumstances will re-open, the owners vowed today.

As reported in yesterday's Evening Star, The Peacock at Chelsworth, near Bildeston, appeared to have closed and a regional manager from Enterprise Inns which owns the pub was to visit yesterday afternoon.

Vicky Averis, a spokeswoman for the firm which has 7,000 pubs across England and Wales, confirmed today that the pub had closed suddenly but was unable to comment on the reasons or clarify exactly when it shut.

She said: “The pub is closed temporarily and we will re-open to the local community as soon as possible. We are currently looking for a suitable retailer.”

The timbered 14th century pub features working inglenook fireplaces and a large beer garden, complete with a barbecue area.

Dr Wil Gibson, chief executive of the rural charity Suffolk Acre, said: “This is a very nice pub and any loss of a service to a community is a real shame.

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“We want to see it continuing as a commercial enterprise. If villagers are keen to keep a pub open we would want to work with them to see if there is an option for community ownership.”

n. Anyone interested in taking over the tavern should call Enterprise Inns' recruitment team on 0800 953 0072.