Delight for villagers as Sutton Arms pub in Scawby set to reopen after new tenant agrees lease
A tenant has been found for the Sutton Arms at Scawby after he agreed to pay a reported £80,000 for the leasehold of the village pub.
A spokesman for the tenant, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the 168-year-old hostelry would resume trading later this month when the full details would be announced.
The free-trade Sutton Arms, which is owned by the Nelthorpe family, closed its doors last month after the business went into insolvency.
The Sutton Arms was once a community meeting place for the entire village.
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Now a business in the area has expressed delight about the proposed plans to re-open the pub.
A spokesperson for RG Stores on West Street in Scawby said: "We knew things had been bad and business was a bit slow but we thought it was like everywhere else at the moment.
"It was very sad when the pub closed, so it is great to hear it is re-opening.
"We are pleased to hear the pub will be used once again, as it is not nice to see empty properties.
"It will be good to have it open again."
Residents have also expressed their delight about the re-opening of the pub.
Scawby resident Mike Campion said he was surprised when the pub closed and said that it is extremely good news to hear it was reopening.
Mike said: "A village like Scawby needs a public house in the centre of the village.
"If we did not have one, it would be a huge shame.
"It is great to hear it will be re-opened so soon and many residents will be pleased.
"It is a very important amenity for the village and it would have been sad to see it go forever.
"It is great news for Scawby that it is being re-opened."
The village local, which attracted people from throughout the region, had been run since 1979 by the Almey family but stopped trading in August.
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