Future of pub unclear

THE new owner of a grade II listed building – thought to be Sudbury’s oldest remaining pub – has revealed he is undecided about whether it will continue as a public house.

Jeremy Clayton, who also owns the Javelin and Javelin Outlet clothing stores in the town, bought The Anchor in Friars Street last month.

The building, which dates back to the 16th century, had an asking price of £295,000, although it is not known how much Mr Clayton paid for it.

Mr Clayton, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, said: “We are looking at our options and nothing concrete has been decided yet.

“It is a building with a great history and position in the town, but we haven’t met with any planners and it is very early days.”

He added that he was keen to build on the success of the Javelin brand and that some of the rooms at the rear of the building could be used to help set up an online presence.

However, Mr Clayton refused to rule out keeping the building as a licensed premises.

“There is going to be a lot of opinion about its future and we are aware of the history,” he said.

“The building has a lot of potential and there is a possibility it will remain as a pub.”