TIME may be up for a once-popular Burton pub which has closed its doors less than a year after reopening.
The Appleby, in Green Street, has been put up for sale with the landlord’s disappointing spell in charge ending only nine months after taking over.
The future of the venue is now shrouded in uncertainty, with Burton and South Derbyshire College showing an interest.
The college has entered ‘informal discussions’ about buying the building.
Should the college take control, it is not known what it would have planned for the building.
The Appleby has suffered a turbulent recent history, with its closure the latest and possibly final blow for a venue which looked to have secured a bright future when former forklift truck driver Phil Dean took over the reins in June 2012 following a period of closure.
But less than 12 months on, the pub again lies dormant.
Andy Clifford, property director for Cheshire-based Admiral Taverns, which owns The Appleby, said the building could still have a future as a pub.
He said: “From time to time we review the pubs that we own, and occasionally we do take the decision to sell a property that we do not believe will be part of our business in the longer term. The Appleby is such a pub and therefore is for sale.
“When we take such a decision it is always our preference that the pub remains as such, so we would be very interested in hearing from individuals or groups from the local area who wish to own the pub outright. However, we have to accept that its future use is an issue for any incoming owner and of course the relevant planning authorities.”
A spokesman for Burton and South Derbyshire College confirmed its interest in the site and said it was ‘always reviewing local opportunities’.