Uncertain future for the Ship Inn, South Harting after last orders called

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THE Ship Inn at South Harting faces an uncertain future after news that time has been called.

Landlord Cliff Parry said: “I believe the chances of it reopening again as a pub are very slight.”

Mr Parry, who took over the tenancy in 2010 after it had had a series of managers, has been given notice to quit by owners the Wellington Pub Company.

He said the pub had been sold to property developers: “Initially they were going to run it as a pub, possibly with me taking the lease or tenancy,” said Mr Parry.

“But when they had a structural survey carried out of the property they found so much needed doing to it that it probably would not be allowed to open as a commercial undertaking and so they decided in their wisdom to close it down on the completion date which is next Wednesday.”

Mr Parry added: “I have been told it will be closed for at least six months and whether it opens up as a pub again is a matter of conjecture.”

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer May 3