A historic King’s Lynn pub has gone on the market as owners Wetherspoons announces it is to off-load some of its property.
The Lattice House is one of 34 pubs being sold by the group, which currently has 953 around the country.
But its plans to renovate and re-open a Downham Market pub will still go ahead, a spokesman confirmed yesterday.
Another landmark King’s Lynn pub has also recently been bought by a local company which is aiming to completely rejuvenate the venue before re-opening.
The Wenns, on the Saturday Market Place, has been closed since August, since the sale went through.
The new owners have declined to be identified at this stage, but said they were looking to transform the building opposite the Minster into a destination venue.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon, said: “It is a commercial decision taken by the company to place a small percentage of its pubs for sale.
“We appreciate that our customers will be disappointed with the decision. The pub will remain open as a Wetherspoon outlet until it is sold. If it is sold then all staff will be offered employment at other Wetherspoon pubs or they might wish to stay on with the new owners.”
He declined to say how much the pub was on the market for, but the total for all 34 pubs, ranging from Dundee to Portsmouth, has been put at £40m.
Owned by the company since July 2000, the Grade II listed building was previously owned by the Campaign for Real Ale.
Mr Gershon also confirmed that Wetherspoon’s proposal to buy and renovate Downham pub, the White Hart, was still going ahead.
Planning applications to West Norfolk Council have been submitted by the company for the Grade II listed building to put a new kitchen in place as well as to carry out a number of internal alterations.
“The plans are absolutely still going through,” said Mr Gershon.
“We are waiting on a few permissions,” he added.
Wetherspoon also owns The Globe in Lynn, but is retaining the popular pub on the corner of the Tuesday Market Place.
Originally a 15th century house, the Lattice House was used for centuries by the clerks of the nearby Chapel of St Nicholas.
In 1714, it became the Ye Olde Lattice Inn until its closure in 1919, before becoming a pub once again in 1982.