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Empty Haverhill pub remains on the market after failing to sell at auction



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The now disused Suffolk Punch pub in Haverhill failed to sell at auction last week, but there is still interest from potential buyers.

The premises, which includes the pub, a basement flat with three bedrooms, a bathroom, cellar and storage rooms, was one of the lots listed at an auction on June 15 at Auction House East Anglia and via livestream.

It had a guide price of between £70,000 and £100,000 but the reserve price was not met by bidders so it remains unsold – for now.

The Suffolk Punch leasehold is still available to buy
The Suffolk Punch leasehold is still available to buy

Oliver Prior, the national commercial director for Auction House UK, confirmed: “They (the vendors) are still looking at offers.

“We didn’t reach the reserve which is why it failed to sell at auction but there is interest.

“It’s the leasehold that’s up for sale and the freehold is held by the council.

Inside the Suffolk Punch pub in Leiston Road, Haverhill
Inside the Suffolk Punch pub in Leiston Road, Haverhill

“They’ve put a covenant on the leasehold to say it can only continue in operation as a community asset.”

The covenant means the pub, in Leiston Road, on the Clements estate cannot be redeveloped or converted into housing by a developer.