New hope for future of under-threat pub

NEW HOPE ... pub manager Tracey Nesbitt.

NEW HOPE ... pub manager Tracey Nesbitt.

HOPES are rising that an under-threat Victorian pub in South Tyneside could be saved.

Fears that The Roadhouse, in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, could be flattened as part of the £12m Hebburn hub scheme were lifted recently when South Tyneside Council withdrew its bid to buy the pub.

Tenant Tracey Nesbitt said The Roadhouse is still on the market for £165,000 and remains “hopeful” the long-established watering hole could find a buyer.

She said: “I have been in touch with the auctioneers at Christie’s and have been told there have been expressions of interest in the pub.

“I believe there may have been one or two offers for the pub and I must remain hopeful.

“But I understand there cannot be a change of use and that the building must remain as a pub.”

But despite the long-term future of the pub still hanging in the balance, Mrs Nesbitt, who has been based at the pub for seven years, said there is still a great deal of local support for The Roadhouse.

“Many pubs have come and gone over the last few years, but we are still operating.

“We have four part-time staff and I would like to think they will be kept on if a sale is agreed.

“I was ecstatic when the council withdrew and said they had no plans to knock the pub down.

“Certainly, we have good, loyal customers at The Roadhouse and I believe the place has a future as an old-fashioned man’s bar.

“I want to remain here – a million per cent – and just hope a sale can be agreed,” she added.

The council recently declared the pub a community asset after withdrawing its bid for The Roadhouse.

There was a heated debate about the future of the pub at a meeting of Hebburn community area forum last month.

The pub passed into the hands of administrators following the collapse of the Portfolio company in 2010.

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