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The Swan pub in Long Melford ceases trading after tenants suddenly pull out of running business




The revival of a Long Melford pub and restaurant has proved to be short-lived.

The Swan in Hall Street suddenly ceased trading towards the end of last week, after tenants Atalian Servest decided to pull out of operating the business.

The unexpected closure comes less than five months on from the pub’s reopening on May 8, after the Bury St Edmunds-based company took over the tenancy, following its earlier closure in the wake of the collapse of Stuart Inns.

The Swan in Long Melford. Pic - Richard Marsham. (18316759)
The Swan in Long Melford. Pic - Richard Marsham. (18316759)

At the time of the relaunch, Atalian Servest outlined ambitions to develop the pub and expand the adjoining Duck Deli, and the firm carried out a number of interior refurbishments to the deli and guest rooms.

But village residents reported on social media that the pub had shut its doors to customers on Thursday, before vans were subsequently seen clearing out the building, with the future of the staff employed there uncertain.

Suffolk pub giant Greene King, which owns The Swan, confirmed that Atalian Servest had ceased its tenancy, and that they are now seeking another operator to run the business.

A spokesman for Greene King, the Bury St Edmunds brewer, said: “We were disappointed to learn very recently the tenant at The Swan in Long Melford had decided that they would no longer run the pub.

“We have immediately begun the search for a new tenant.”

The Suffolk Free Press has contacted Atalian Servest for comment on the pub’s closure, but has not yet received a response.



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