The owners of a town centre pub insists it will be not be closing despite all of its contents being sold this week in an online auction.
The White Hart Hotel, based in Ampthill, this week put up all of its furniture and fittings, including tills, television, beds, bar stools, table and chairs, for sales in an auction through W&H Peacock in Bedford.
The current licensee Salik Miah put the items up for sale, but owners of the pub Punch Taverns say it is its priority to keep the premises open and running as a pub.
They said: ““We are working in close partnership with Mr Miah, the licensee at the White Hart, and it is our priority that the pub remains open and trading. We can confirm the White Hart is not for sale.”
There were reports that the lease was up for sale on the Punch Taverns website, however it was not listed yesterday.
Earlier this year the White Hart had its late licence removed at a hearing of Central Beds Council’s licensing sub-committee, after repeated complaints about the poor management and noise, and manager Mr Miah was removed from his post as designated premises supervisor.
Regular customer Chris Hayes said: “I was actually sad the pub lost its late licence. I think younger people in Ampthill need somewhere to go.”
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