Pub company puts in bid for historic abbey building

The Oxford Times: Council leader Matthew Barber at Old Abbey House Council leader Matthew Barber at Old Abbey House

A HISTORIC building in the grounds of Abingdon Abbey could become a pub.

Vale of White Horse District Council has revealed one of the top four bidders for Old Abbey House is a pub restaurant firm.

The council put the building, the former home of Abingdon Town Council, on the market in April and is hoping to get between £600,000 and £1m for it.

Council leader Matthew Barber said: “All the top four bidders are a mix of residential and community stuff and a pub restaurant.

“We’re waiting to hear more details from all of them to find out how realistic their plans are.”

Although he wouldn’t reveal the size of the bid, he said he was “not disappointed”.

Abingdon’s Campaign for Real Ale spokesman Steve Green said a pub could be very successful at that location.

He said: “If the Guildhall redevelopment goes through, it could become a really happening part of town.”

Abingdon Town Council is planning to spend £3.9m on revamping the 1960s Guildhall with a 110-seat cinema and a new café to attract more visitors.

Civic preservation society the Friends of Abingdon has applied to make the building an asset of community value. The group has also applied to English Heritage to give the building a listed status, protecting it from development.

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12:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

kaab35 says...

Please not a Hungry Horse !!!!!!!!!!!
Please not a Hungry Horse !!!!!!!!!!! kaab35
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1:01pm Thu 5 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

I think Abingdon councillors have more sense than to allow a Hungry Horse.

I wish the Harp/Plough on Stert St would get gastropub-ised!
I think Abingdon councillors have more sense than to allow a Hungry Horse. I wish the Harp/Plough on Stert St would get gastropub-ised! EMBOX2
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2:10pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Anon Coward says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
I think Abingdon councillors have more sense than to allow a Hungry Horse.

I wish the Harp/Plough on Stert St would get gastropub-ised!
I only wish I had your faith...
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: I think Abingdon councillors have more sense than to allow a Hungry Horse. I wish the Harp/Plough on Stert St would get gastropub-ised![/p][/quote]I only wish I had your faith... Anon Coward
  • Score: 1

4:14pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Wolf Pack says...

For Gods Sake Don't let GREEN KING Any where near it they will turn it into flats.
For Gods Sake Don't let GREEN KING Any where near it they will turn it into flats. Wolf Pack
  • Score: 5

10:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

doozer says...

...do Cranbourne Homes do pubs now too?
...do Cranbourne Homes do pubs now too? doozer
  • Score: 1

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