Town centre Victorian pub becomes a retail showroom

A VICTORIAN pub in the heart of Hailsham is to become a kitchen and bathroom showroom.

The two-storey ‘TheTerminus’ in Station Road has found new owners via licensed property agents, Fleurets.

Fleurets sold off the freehold and contents at a reduced asking price of £349,000.

Nick Earee of Fleurets, who handled the sale, said: “The pub will be changing use to become a kitchen/bathroom showroom. We always expected an established and unique business with two distinct revenue streams such as The Terminus to appeal to a wide range of experienced operators and lifestyle buyers.

“It generated a lot of interest and we wish the new owners every success in the future.”

The sale follows a GP’s failed bid to turn the pub into a new medical health centre.

Dr Isa Oezburun wanted to relocate patients from Bethany House Surgery in Battle Road but the plan was not supported by NHS Sussex earlier this year. NHS Sussex said the proposal was not good value for money, after planning consent was sought.

At the time, A spokeswoman for NHS Sussex said: “In seeking new premises in Hailsham from which to practise, Dr Oezburun applied to relocate to the Terminus building. The local NHS premises panel did not accept this application for a number of reasons.

“Hailsham needs more GP provision to the north east of the town, where a new housing estate is being built.

“The Terminus site is close to three existing practices in an area where there are already sufficient GPs.

“The Terminus site is also much larger than is needed for a single handed GP. The Terminus site is not therefore financially viable.”

At the moment The Terminus features an open plan main bar area, a poolroom with Victorian fireplace, solid timber bar servery, fully equipped trade kitchen and a separate beer cellar.

Four double bedroom accommodation is situated on the first floor, complete with lounge, bathroom and kitchen.

There is a large patio area outside the property with seating for 35 along with a raised lawn garden.