South Tyneside drinkers could be toasting double delight – after hopes were raised that a pair of popular pubs could be set to reopen their doors.
Last orders were served at both the Robin Hood, in Roman Road, Jarrow, and the Maltings, in Claypath Lane, South Shields, last October after a brewery boss was declared bankrupt.
Time was called on the businesses after Jarrow Brewery Limited, operated by borough businessman Jess McConnell, ran into financial difficulties.
The two watering holes have remained empty since they ceased trading six months ago, but substantial offers have been lodged to purchase both properties.
An offer of £302,000 has been received by Newcastle-based agents Sanderson Weatherall for the purchase of the Robin Hood – more than double the asking price of £149,950.
And a bid of £165,000 has been made on the Maltings.
We understand the purchaser is intending to reopen as a public houseSanderson Weatherall
While both premises are now under offer, further bids are still being invited by the property agents.
A spokesman for Sanderson Weatherall said the potential new owners of the Robin Hood plan to reopen it as a public house.
Speaking about the potential sale of the Robin Hood, a spokesman said: “The Robin Hood is currently under offer.
“We understand the purchaser is intending to reopen it as a public house but unfortunately we have no definitive timescales on completion.”