Red HouseOne of Whitchurch’s public houses has been placed on the market.
The Red House, a 16th century Grade II Listed Building in London Street, is being advertised at £475,000 (+ VAT).

A successful pub
In 2015 the owners obtained planning permission for three houses on part of the car park area along with changes to the existing parking and garden. An aim was to invest in refurbishing and improving the Red House pub which “had seen a dramatic increase in turnover” in the previous four years with the owners saying  “the outdated facilities and equipment have the potential to make the business a victim of its own success”.
They went on to say “our proposal is to invest heavily in the Red House”.

Work is currently underway in the garden/car park area.

Work is currently underway in the garden/car park area.

Investment planned
However the works did not progress as planned and the Red House is now for sale.
Some of the planned investment is still planned to take places as part of the sale with the property being sold with a new toilet and kitchen area, a new 16 space car park and a new garden. There are also plans available for 6 ensuite letting rooms for the first floor, which would subject to obtaining further planning consent. Currently the work on the car park and garden area is taking place although some tree works caused a delay.

Much speculation
There has been much speculation in Whitchurch over the pub’s future particularly as it holds a high place in the hearts of many. The pub had a reputation for high quality food as well as providing traditional ales from local breweries but it has been falling into disrepair. The restaurant has also closed and trading hours cut back although quiz and charity fundraising nights are regularly featured. It has also recently been the venue for the return of very successful folk music events.

Edit aside: Longdog Red Runner – a lovely brew from a local family run brewery just up the road in Worting, is now available – a favourite. Pop in and enjoy one before its gone – jpb.