18th Century Bristol pub desperate for buyer

A historic pub in Bristol is desperately seeking a buyer to save it from closure or being redeveloped into residential accommodation.

The 18th-Century Lamplighters pub in Shirehampton has been standing empty since the building was put up for sale in May by its owner, Enterprise Inns.

Originally Enterprise Inns had promised to renovate and reopen the pub and said a new landlord would be moved in, but decided to market it instead, prompting fears that it could be demolished to make way for flats or housing.

Now, a campaign has been launched to save the grade II listed riverside pub, which is on the market for £400,000 and is described as offering 'a variety of potential uses, subject to planning permission.'

Peter Bridle, from Campaign for Real Ales, (Camra) is leading the campaign to save the pub. "The Lamplighters is no ordinary pub - it has massive potential.

"It is set in a fantastic location on the riverside in quiet surroundings within a minute's walk of the railway station and close to a park and ride bus service.

"The pub has extensive premises located over three storeys, a car park and a fantastic garden. I have no doubt that the pub can be a very successful and viable business serving the local community,” he added.

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