Couple call time on Stradbroke pub
The owners of a Stradbroke pub are seeking a buyer so that they can move on to retirement.
Sue and Egil Stenseth are looking to sell the The Ivy House, which they have have run for 13 years.
The origins of the Grade II-listed thatched pub, in Wilby Road, can be traced back to medieval times.
“It’s a lovely pub and we have loved our time here in Stradbroke,” said Mrs Stenseth.
“But in these days, when you can buy a crate of beer for £10 from a supermarket, people don’t come so much, and instead choose to stay at home and drink.
“We are a traditional pub and the industry has changed. It is now food pubs that are popular.
“Many of our regulars over the years were elderly and have sadly passed away. We feel it is the right time to retire.”
The pub went up for sale last year and is on the market with a guide price of £365,000.
It boasts a timber-beamed restaurant, large garden with a pond and accommodation.
The husband and wife team previously ran the Queen’s Head in Brandeston before moving to Stradbroke to buy the pub, which acts as their home and business.
“I suffered a minor stroke last year, which hasn’t made life easy, and is one of the reasons we are looking to move on,” added Mrs Stenseth.
“We are not sure where we will go yet, as we will start looking when the pub sells.
“We have really enjoyed our time here and the people of Stradbroke have been very welcoming.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years.”
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