York steps in to protect ‘remote’ 18th-century pub after tenant leaves

A village pub in York has been given extra protection against closure after parish councilors intervened.

Members of the Parish Council of Acaster Malbis have applied to list The Ship Inn as an asset to the community.

The pub’s tenant has resigned from the pub’s owner, Enterprise Inns, now the Stonegate Group.

The 18th century riverside building is Grade II listed and originally served as a pub for barges.

An asset of community value (ACV) is land or property of interest to a local community that is subject to additional protections from development under the Localism Act 2011.

The local community will be notified if the pub is put up for sale, after which residents can exercise the community’s right to bid, giving them a six-month moratorium on whether they can raise money to replace it to buy from it.

Town Clerk Craig Booth said it was a “protective measure” to list the pub by ACV.

The pub has had several tenants since being bought by the pub chain in 2000 and has occasionally been closed for months at a time when it was without a tenant.

Mr Booth added: “These are uncertain times. You just don’t know if someone is going to take the risk of becoming a renter.

“It’s a protection measure in case they couldn’t get a tenant and it was just empty and Enterprise decided to sell the property, because then we would be left empty-handed.

‘It’s four miles from York, but it’s quite remote. There is nothing here but the Memorial Hall, a small village hall – and that is all.”

Seasonal popularity

The pub’s popularity is seasonal, when it benefits from the custom of nearby campsites and river cruisers.

The pub is next to the River Ouse and has been temporarily closed due to flooding in the past.

Enterprise Inns was notified of the Parish Council’s application, but made no comment to York City Council.

There’s an advertisement for a new tenant on the company’s website, noting that the company “has an excellent reputation for real ale and home-cooked food and now benefits from six fantastic newly refurbished letting rooms”, adding that it a “skilled” tenant required. publican.

Mr Booth said he was “delighted” after York Council executive member for finance and major projects, Cllr Nigel Ayre, approved the ACV list.

He added: “It gives us a bit of reassurance that when the worst comes to worst, we have a chance to do something for ourselves – stand on our own two feet and get a pub the way we want it.”

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