A historic and well-known Ormskirk pub has been put up for sale.
The Buck I’th Vine on Burscough street in Ormskirk town centre was listed for sale at £325,000 last week, with several people already showing an interest in purchasing the landmark building.
The pub, currently owned by Spirit Pub Company, is being marketed by leisure property specialists, Fleurets.
Ian Taylor at Fleurets said: “We’re very pleased with the level and the quality of interest we have already received, as we only commenced marketing last Thursday.
“In 2013 Fleurets sold the nearby Windmill, Ormskirk and the Ship Inn Haskayne.
“The Ship Inn has since received a significant investment by the new owners, JW Lees to create an attractive, canal side, destination food house.
“The Buck I’th Vine is a Grade II, high street coaching inn, that is a popular venue for daytime shoppers, students, local residents and tourists.
“The property is full of character and has original features including open fires and a central timber bar servery that provides a unique focal point.
“There is also a large unused storage room above the trade kitchen that was previously used as cinema room.
“It may be possible to change this room, together with the outbuildings into letting accommodation, possibly for students, subject to planning permission.
“I can confirm that several local people have shown interest in the property and we have arranged viewing’s for this week and next.
“I’m confident that the Buck I’th Vine has the strong possibility as remaining as a public house.”
Mike Perkins of Southport and Ormskirk CAMRA, said: “We’re sad to see the pub closed, but we’ll be very happy if an individual person buys the pub and runs it as a unique operation.
“There’s been lots of problems with pub companies recently, and I think the Buck I’th Vine would do really well if it had an innovative private landlord.
“Over 30 pubs close a week in England, but it doesn’t have to be like this, The Hop Vine at Burscough is a prime example of a well run individual pub, I hope the Buck does just as well.”