Community has until June 1 to lodge bid for Garboldisham’s Fox Inn

The Fox Inn, Garboldisham ANL-160203-131319009
The Fox Inn, Garboldisham ANL-160203-131319009

A currently closed pub which has stood in a south Norfolk village for nearly 250 years should be “the hub of a thriving community” according to a committee member attempting to bring it back to use.

The Fox Inn has served Garboldisham on and off since at least 1774, but a pint has not been pulled in the public house since February 2007.

A reopened pub and restaurant would give us the full deck but we are also seeking ideas from residents as to additional uses for the site

Peter Smith

Peter Smith, of the Fox Committee, said a group of residents had been campaigning for six years to get the pub reopened, with the community and parish council successful its bid to have the building included on the Assets of Community Value list in 2014.

A six month moratorium period has been triggered by the community group, meaning they have until June 1 to place a bid.

A planning application to turn the closed pub, owned by the Wellington Pub Company, into five houses was rejected in 2009, while previous bids from the community for the pub have been turned down.

Mr Smith said it was hoped a Community Interest Company could be formed in a bid to buy the freehold and renovate the building back to it’s former glory.

“We firmly believe that the pub should be the hub of a thriving community and Garboldisham is already blessed with an excellent primary school, a modern village hall and a thriving local shop and Post Office, saying nothing of the churches of St John the Baptist and the Methodist church,” he said.

“A reopened pub and restaurant would give us the full deck but we are also seeking ideas from residents as to additional uses for the site.

“As an example, perhaps the more modern but dilapidated extensions facing the A1066 could be sympathetically updated to house an artisan bakery, blacksmith or micro brewery.

“All ideas are welcome as are expressions of interest in subscribing to the new Community Interest Company once we have regulatory approval”

For more information, email garboldisham.fox@gmail.com