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Bell Hotel in Clare placed on sale by Greene King following departure of tenants

A historic inn located at the heart of Clare has been placed up for sale, after being kept open under interim management following the departure of the previous tenants.

The Bell Hotel, based on Market Hill, remains open for trading, after pub giant Greene King, which owns the building, appointed experienced publican Steve Smith to operate the business on a short-term basis.

The pub briefly closed its doors on Friday, after husband-and-wife team Daniel Esplen and Zainab Khan, who had served as tenants for the last 14 months, left the business.

Daniel Esplen and Zainab Khan outside The Bell in Clare (19022287)
Daniel Esplen and Zainab Khan outside The Bell in Clare (19022287)

A Greene King spokesman said the decision to seek a buyer for The Bell had not been an easy one to make, due to a recent six-figure investment by the company into the business.

However, they added that the exit of the previous tenants led them to consider its long-term future.

“The Bell remains open and trading as usual,” the statement from Greene King reads.

“Our previous partners have departed and we’d like to thank them for all the hard work and passion they put into the business since they joined.

“We’re pleased to welcome Steve to The Bell. Steve is an established publican in the area and has agreed to take on the pub on a short-term agreement.

“We have also been considering The Bell’s long-term future and have reached the difficult decision to market it for sale as we look to find someone interested in running the business for the long term.

“Steve and his team will continue running The Bell for the immediate future and we wish them all the best with their new venture,” added the statement.

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