Pub future uncertain as it goes for auction
A historic town centre pub could be closed after it goes under the auctioneer’s hammer.
The John Wallis, formerly The Man of Kent, has been listed for sale with auctioneer firm Clive Emson this month.
The grade-II listed detached building in Middle Row has a guide price of £250,000.
Auctioneer Kevin Gilbert said: “While it might continue as a pub it might also have a variety of future uses as long as all necessary consents are obtainable.”
The pub was closed for a £ 100,000 refurbishment in November 2012, when the owner Stonegate decided to change the name.
It was criticised at the time by the The John Wallis Academy principal John McParland who said the school had not been consulted on the name change.
The Swan in Tufton Street closed earlier this year. The British Volunteer has now been converted into flats, while an application to demolish the Prince Albert in New Street and build flats is being considered.
The former Kentish Express offices in North Street will also be up for auction.
The estimated freehold guide price is £350,000.
The public auction will take place on Monday, October 30 at the Clive Emson Conference Centre in Detling, starting at 11am.
The John Wallis pub in Ashford is up for auction