Plymouth man's £400,000 bid to save at risk pub

Steve Venner wanted to take on The Grenville
-Credit: (Image: Katie Oborn)

A well-known Plymouth man has revealed how he tried to save a cherished pub with a £400,000 offer to buy it which ultimately was turned down.

Steve Venner, who lives in St Judes, made an offer to the owner of The Grenville this week when the premises was then on the market for £395,000. However Andrew Cotterell turned down the offer - although Mr Cotterell says he remains open to offers and is looking at alternative uses for the building.

Mr Cotterell, who also owns The Bottling Plant, has submitted a planning application to Plymouth City Council to turn The Grenville pub into flats. But the local community have been campaigning to save the pub from closure - and 70-year-old Mr Venner was interested in "making a go of it”.

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Mr Venner said: “I offered Andrew the going rate, but he turned me down. I wanted to make a go of it and I’m sure I could keep it going and I'm happy if it just breaks even. There’s nowhere else for people to go in St Judes and meet up and the main thing here is to keep the pub going.

“I’d be selling my house to make this happen. I’ve had some locals offering me £1,000 to pitch in on the lease. People are having sleepless nights over the closure of the pub. I want to keep it as it is and run it as it has been - a free house pub and somewhere for people round here to go.”

The Grenville is having a final farewell party on Saturday, June 8 - but locals still want to save it from closing forever
The Grenville is having a final farewell party on Saturday, June 8 - but locals still want to save it from closing forever -Credit:Katie Oborn

In response, Mr Cotterell said: “The present tenants have concluded that The Grenville is not viable as a public house and have chosen to close the business. I am therefore looking for alternative uses for the premises. I am open to offers for the building as it stands from purchasers who can demonstrate they have the resources to proceed promptly with the purchase.”

Online searches show the property has now been removed from sale. The planning application via Plymouth City Council is still awaiting a decision.

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