The owners of a centuries old thatched Devon pub say they expect its doors to reopen soon – despite closure signs going up outside.

The Thatched Tavern in Maidencombe, Torquay, was damaged by a kitchen fire at the beginning of September.

There were fears it was beyond repair and would not serve drinks again.

Signs marked ‘closed’ have been erected outside.

 

But owners Hall & Woodhouse say they are in the process of selling and a new landlord will be behind the bar before Christmas.

Peter Kitchen, estates manager for Hall & Woodhouse said: “We are in the process of selling it. There was a fire in the kitchen and it needs repair. Insurers have been involved and it takes time to sort out.

“It will be sold as a pub and the next operator will run it as a pub. It will be refurbished and reopened. The timescale is still out of out hands. We’ve owned it for a number of years and will sell the freehold.”

A fire broke out at the Thatched Tavern in Torquay

A fire broke out at the Thatched Tavern in Torquay (Image: Ziggy Austin)

The pub is currently without power and standing dormant after being badly damaged by the blaze.

The fire, which broke out in the kitchen of The Thatched Tavern on Steep Hill, was reported to emergency services by staff at 11.12pm on September 5.

Three engines from Torquay and Teignmouth, together with an aerial ladder platform from Torquay, rushed to the scene.

The fire caused severe damage to half the ground floor of the pub and, luckily, there were no casualties.

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A spokesperson for Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue added: “The blaze, in the ground floor kitchen which started accidentally, was soon under control, with crews using two  breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet, an attack jet, thermal imaging camera and small tools to extinguish it and prevent it from spreading any further.”

The pub was put on the market by owners Hall & Woodhouse, a brewery based in Dorset, with an asking price of £575,000 plus VAT.

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The sale was described as “an exciting opportunity for any experienced operator looking to stamp their mark on a rather special coastal pub.”

The original section of the building dates back to the 15th Century.

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