Future of Bitterne Park Hotel in doubt again as new landlord backs out

Daily Echo: Future of pub in doubt as new landlord backs out Future of pub in doubt as new landlord backs out

THE future of a historic Hampshire pub which was thought to be saved has now been thrown back into doubt.

Residents and traders were celebrating after they heard that the Bitterne Park Hotel had been saved after another Southampton landlord stepped in to save the pub.

But now the future of the pub is once again hanging in the balance as landlord of the Obelisk pub in Woolston Kevin Guerrier, who took up the reins last week, has now pulled out of owning the Bitterne Park Hotel.

Minimal delay He said: “Having re-visited our business plan, strategy, feasibility study and levels of funding, we have unfortunately and regretfully decided not to proceed with our project to re-open the Bitterne Park Hotel for trading next week.

“We will instead continue to develop the business at the Obelisk Hotel in Woolston, including restarting the kitchen and continuing to support the local community.”

However Kevin believes his short time plans will help any future landlord in the long run.

He added: “We have been able to help organise and arrange much of the working infrastructure needed to allow the future licensee of the Bitterne Park Hotel to re-open with minimal delay.

“We believe that the successful applicant will be rewarded with a highly successful business opportunity.”

The pub was set to open on February 11, but now Enterprise Inns are seeking to find a new landlord, once again.

CAMRA spokesman for Hampshire Dave Howes, said: “From our point of view it is really disappointing, especially given the support the pub has had.”

Also saddened by the news is Councillor for Bitterne Park ward, Ivan White, who said: “It is a shame that we are quickly losing all our local pubs in the ward as well as the city, they are part of the fabric of the community.

Interest “I hope somebody will be found to run it again.”

A statement from Enterprise Inns, said: “We are sorry that Kevin won’t be taking on the Bitterne Park Hotel, but we appreciate his reasoning and we would like to thank him for his time and efforts with the site over the past week.

“We did receive a lot of interest in the site when we previously advertised the lease and we are in the process of contacting those parties.”

The statement added that they are still looking for a publican to take over the pub.

Call Enterprise Inns on 0900 953 0072 for more details.

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1:22pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Micle1974 says...

What a muppet.
Big change in a couple of days..should have thought it through before contacting the daily echo and having pictures taken outside the bph splashed in the news
What a muppet. Big change in a couple of days..should have thought it through before contacting the daily echo and having pictures taken outside the bph splashed in the news Micle1974
  • Score: 9

1:40pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Saint fans says...

Woops the man from the Obelisk should have done his homework first before giving it the big one. Come back Ian at least we could rely on you and as your Saints shirt said No 1 Landlord. We hope now that someone with a realistic business plan and money in the bank will come along to save our historic pub, so much potential in the right hands.
Woops the man from the Obelisk should have done his homework first before giving it the big one. Come back Ian at least we could rely on you and as your Saints shirt said No 1 Landlord. We hope now that someone with a realistic business plan and money in the bank will come along to save our historic pub, so much potential in the right hands. Saint fans
  • Score: 6

1:43pm Sat 8 Feb 14

wwozzer says...

“Having re-visited our business plan, strategy, feasibility study and levels of funding, we have unfortunately and regretfully decided not to proceed with our project to re-open the Bitterne Park Hotel for trading next week"


In other words: it's not viable.
“Having re-visited our business plan, strategy, feasibility study and levels of funding, we have unfortunately and regretfully decided not to proceed with our project to re-open the Bitterne Park Hotel for trading next week" In other words: it's not viable. wwozzer
  • Score: 4

1:48pm Sat 8 Feb 14

voiceof thepeople says...

He did it for his own means, advertising the Obelisk, " we will continue to develop the business at the Obelisk Hotel in Woolston " Blatant advertising.
He did it for his own means, advertising the Obelisk, " we will continue to develop the business at the Obelisk Hotel in Woolston " Blatant advertising. voiceof thepeople
  • Score: 11

2:58pm Sat 8 Feb 14

itsnotjustice says...

totally agree..

as soon as i read it i knew something wasnt quite right.. pubs are closing down all the time, yet here was a man who wanted to run two...

then in a week, hes thought, ahh hang on..we cant afford it.. rubbish..

nice way of letting all your locals know about the kitchen up and running again.
totally agree.. as soon as i read it i knew something wasnt quite right.. pubs are closing down all the time, yet here was a man who wanted to run two... then in a week, hes thought, ahh hang on..we cant afford it.. rubbish.. nice way of letting all your locals know about the kitchen up and running again. itsnotjustice
  • Score: 8

3:49pm Sat 8 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

being an ex enterprise lease holder i dont blame him for pulling out.
being an ex enterprise lease holder i dont blame him for pulling out. apm1954
  • Score: 10

3:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

bring on the flats.
bring on the flats. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Ruby1234 says...

Enterprise new well over a year ago that Ian wanted to go if that's not long enough for a new landlord ???
Enterprise new well over a year ago that Ian wanted to go if that's not long enough for a new landlord ??? Ruby1234
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Sat 8 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

Whats historic about this pub?
Whats historic about this pub? issacchunt
  • Score: 5

9:24pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

So Billy Big Spuds and saviour to be has pulled out. Back to the Obby then. Have they had any more shootings there recently?
So Billy Big Spuds and saviour to be has pulled out. Back to the Obby then. Have they had any more shootings there recently? Reality-man
  • Score: 3

12:58am Sun 9 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

YES! The 'landmark' flats are one step closer! Get in!
YES! The 'landmark' flats are one step closer! Get in! 03alpe01
  • Score: 1

8:15am Sun 9 Feb 14

Block 42 says...

CapeMan wrote:
Why does the fourth paragraph begin with minimal delay? If you are adding a header to a paragraph surely it should be in a different font or in bold or italics or something? Surely a journalist should have some sort of basic understanding of this sort of thing?
I actually thought there was this dude called minimal delay.I feel a tit now.
[quote][p][bold]CapeMan[/bold] wrote: Why does the fourth paragraph begin with minimal delay? If you are adding a header to a paragraph surely it should be in a different font or in bold or italics or something? Surely a journalist should have some sort of basic understanding of this sort of thing?[/p][/quote]I actually thought there was this dude called minimal delay.I feel a tit now. Block 42
  • Score: 0

6:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

AngryAleMan says...

You'd need 200k just to get it legal.

It's TERRIBLE inside.

No fire safety, no CCTV, bad plumbing, roof leaks, wires hanging out of the walls etc...
You'd need 200k just to get it legal. It's TERRIBLE inside. No fire safety, no CCTV, bad plumbing, roof leaks, wires hanging out of the walls etc... AngryAleMan
  • Score: 0

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