The former Crown & Sceptre pub in Acol has sold at auction for £152,000 – the lower end of the £150-£160,000 guide price.
The property went under the hammer at a Clive Emson auction today (October 29).
In October 2017 an application submitted to demolish the pub and build two homes in its place was refused.
The former Shepherd and Neame pub shut in May 2012. It was then put on the market for £240,000 but only one offer was received and that was later withdrawn.
In April 2013 it was sold for a sum below the original asking price but deemed unsuitable to open as a pub again.
The planning application from Toran Construction was vehemently opposed by many residents in the village.
Margate Civic Society objected to the “complete annihilation of the historic building.”
In January Thanet council served notice on the owner ordering them to carry out replacement and repair works to the roof and structure.
The building is currently in a poor state with the roof gone and weather damage inside.
Part of the premises dates back to the 17th century.
I hope the new owners restore the pub to its original state. If it reopened as a pub it may well be successful . If it is restored I for one would be very interested to talk to the owners.