Mystery surrounds future of Bournemouth’s Ensbury Park pub after closure

Bournemouth Echo: The Ensbury Park pub The Ensbury Park pub

MYSTERY surrounds the future of a prominent Bournemouth pub, which has closed its doors suddenly.

The Ensbury Park pub, which stands on the corner of Columbia Road and Boundary Road, has been shut for the past few weeks.

According to Bournemouth council, the lease has been surrendered to pub giant Enterprise Inns. Efforts to contact Enterprise Inns and find out what their plans are for the building have so far been unsuccessful.

The building occupies a large plot and the site next to it is currently being redeveloped.

The pub is also a listed building but that would not necessarily stop it from being redeveloped, if it is not reopened as a pub.

Jean Scovell, who has lived in Ensbury Park for more than 70 years, said: “That pub was there before I was born and I’ve lived here all my life.

“It used to be a great pub but then the owners and the clientele gradually changed and its reputation went downhill.

“Lately the windows were often left open and it really looked quite derelict.

“It’s sad that it’s closed as it is part of Bournemouth’s history.

“It would be great if it could be put back as a nice family pub but I wouldn’t be surprised if a developer snapped it up.

“It’s a difficult position right on the corner but it wouldn’t surprise me.”

The pub started life as the Ensbury Park Hotel after being granted planning permission in 1924.

The building, with its neo-Georgian design, echoes Ensbury Manor, which included a genuine Georgian wing and which dominated Ensbury village for several centuries until its demolition in 1936.

Ward councillor Susan Phillips said: “As a council, we don’t like to see a large building fall empty and look forward to a new scheme being proposed in the future.”

An Enterprise spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the Ensbury Park Hotel remains closed following the publican's decision to cease trading.

“We do not discuss the private and confidential matters between the company and our publicans, however we can confirm that we are working to resolve matters as soon as possible and explore various alternative options for the future of the property.”

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7:17am Fri 13 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

Come in .... Tesco express.
Come in .... Tesco express. Talkingheadera

7:33am Fri 13 Dec 13

Drew_Peacock says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
Come in .... Tesco express.
Perhaps that would'nt be a bad thing in this case, so long as the planners insist that they fund some major changes to the Ensbury Park gyratory system as a condition of planning permission. Always surprised that there are not more accidents especially involving pedestrians here, as nobody wants to use the subway as it often has groups of youths hanging around. At present the gyratory system cuts the area in half.
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: Come in .... Tesco express.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that would'nt be a bad thing in this case, so long as the planners insist that they fund some major changes to the Ensbury Park gyratory system as a condition of planning permission. Always surprised that there are not more accidents especially involving pedestrians here, as nobody wants to use the subway as it often has groups of youths hanging around. At present the gyratory system cuts the area in half. Drew_Peacock

7:40am Fri 13 Dec 13

boyerboy says...

Well Wells....I think our well known local landlord might be sniffing ..............
Well Wells....I think our well known local landlord might be sniffing .............. boyerboy

8:26am Fri 13 Dec 13

wonderway says...

as pub tesco's would not need planning as with sandacres
as pub tesco's would not need planning as with sandacres wonderway

9:15am Fri 13 Dec 13

Townee says...

Make a good place for Uni students to live.
Make a good place for Uni students to live. Townee

9:18am Fri 13 Dec 13

rozmister says...

Drew_Peacock wrote:
Talkingheadera wrote: Come in .... Tesco express.
Perhaps that would'nt be a bad thing in this case, so long as the planners insist that they fund some major changes to the Ensbury Park gyratory system as a condition of planning permission. Always surprised that there are not more accidents especially involving pedestrians here, as nobody wants to use the subway as it often has groups of youths hanging around. At present the gyratory system cuts the area in half.
I think there's enough Tesco's in the borough, I think it could only be a bad thing! A pub or restaurant would be best, add something to the community rather than just taking away like Tesco does.
[quote][p][bold]Drew_Peacock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: Come in .... Tesco express.[/p][/quote]Perhaps that would'nt be a bad thing in this case, so long as the planners insist that they fund some major changes to the Ensbury Park gyratory system as a condition of planning permission. Always surprised that there are not more accidents especially involving pedestrians here, as nobody wants to use the subway as it often has groups of youths hanging around. At present the gyratory system cuts the area in half.[/p][/quote]I think there's enough Tesco's in the borough, I think it could only be a bad thing! A pub or restaurant would be best, add something to the community rather than just taking away like Tesco does. rozmister

9:38am Fri 13 Dec 13

dartguru says...

"The building, with its neo-Georgian design, echoes Ensbury Manor, which included a genuine Georgian wing and which dominated Ensbury village for several centuries until its demolition in 1936. "

I can google Ensbury Park myself if I want to, lazy journalism. The quality of the writing of this sentence stood out a mile in an otherwise generic echo non-article.
"The building, with its neo-Georgian design, echoes Ensbury Manor, which included a genuine Georgian wing and which dominated Ensbury village for several centuries until its demolition in 1936. " I can google Ensbury Park myself if I want to, lazy journalism. The quality of the writing of this sentence stood out a mile in an otherwise generic echo non-article. dartguru

9:53am Fri 13 Dec 13

TheDistrict says...

I have to agree with Jean Scovell, in her hopes of a more family orientated pub restaurant type of offering is taken up by another brewery or leisure business. Cllr Sue Phillips ideas of new schemes, precisely what is she referring to, another supermarket, etc. As for student accommodation, this has to be a definate no no. A family pub restaurant is the best course of action. Already, too many pubs have closed in this area, including the Osprey, Royal Oak, and others in the past. Please use some sort of common sense in making a decision.
I have to agree with Jean Scovell, in her hopes of a more family orientated pub restaurant type of offering is taken up by another brewery or leisure business. Cllr Sue Phillips ideas of new schemes, precisely what is she referring to, another supermarket, etc. As for student accommodation, this has to be a definate no no. A family pub restaurant is the best course of action. Already, too many pubs have closed in this area, including the Osprey, Royal Oak, and others in the past. Please use some sort of common sense in making a decision. TheDistrict

9:58am Fri 13 Dec 13

JustForPoole says...

J D Wetherspoons ?????
J D Wetherspoons ????? JustForPoole

10:20am Fri 13 Dec 13

In Absentia says...

The problem for this pub is the lack of available parking around it will inevitably hamper any attempts to expand the volume of customers going there. I'd bet on a 'DW' cluster of one bedroom units in there within the next 18 months, even though it would do nothing towards helping the social housing crisis in the area.
The problem for this pub is the lack of available parking around it will inevitably hamper any attempts to expand the volume of customers going there. I'd bet on a 'DW' cluster of one bedroom units in there within the next 18 months, even though it would do nothing towards helping the social housing crisis in the area. In Absentia

10:32am Fri 13 Dec 13

LeeThorne says...

Townee wrote:
Make a good place for Uni students to live.
No thanks... You students have no respect for your neighbours or community what so ever..
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Make a good place for Uni students to live.[/p][/quote]No thanks... You students have no respect for your neighbours or community what so ever.. LeeThorne

10:32am Fri 13 Dec 13

LeeThorne says...

Townee wrote:
Make a good place for Uni students to live.
No thanks... You students have no respect for your neighbours or community what so ever..
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Make a good place for Uni students to live.[/p][/quote]No thanks... You students have no respect for your neighbours or community what so ever.. LeeThorne

12:02pm Fri 13 Dec 13

nothingtofear says...

wonderway wrote:
as pub tesco's would not need planning as with sandacres
And as with what was The Dolphin on Holdenhurst Rd.
[quote][p][bold]wonderway[/bold] wrote: as pub tesco's would not need planning as with sandacres[/p][/quote]And as with what was The Dolphin on Holdenhurst Rd. nothingtofear

12:07pm Fri 13 Dec 13

nothingtofear says...

JustForPoole wrote:
J D Wetherspoons ?????
Can't see it. JDW tend to go for Town Centre/High Street locations rather than the suburbs.
[quote][p][bold]JustForPoole[/bold] wrote: J D Wetherspoons ?????[/p][/quote]Can't see it. JDW tend to go for Town Centre/High Street locations rather than the suburbs. nothingtofear

12:41pm Fri 13 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Whatever redevelopment is proposed for the building it will need some political backing so we must hope the suggested parking facilities will include some disabled bays - obviously to be abused by perfectly able bodied people.
Whatever redevelopment is proposed for the building it will need some political backing so we must hope the suggested parking facilities will include some disabled bays - obviously to be abused by perfectly able bodied people. muscliffman

1:19pm Fri 13 Dec 13

High Treason says...

It will be 1 bed flats and they can use the subway to dry their washing and keep the prams dry. After all the subway a vast waste of money.
It will be 1 bed flats and they can use the subway to dry their washing and keep the prams dry. After all the subway a vast waste of money. High Treason

1:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

retry69 says...

High Treason wrote:
It will be 1 bed flats and they can use the subway to dry their washing and keep the prams dry. After all the subway a vast waste of money.
It may depend on which subway you choose but I have always found them good value for money :)
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: It will be 1 bed flats and they can use the subway to dry their washing and keep the prams dry. After all the subway a vast waste of money.[/p][/quote]It may depend on which subway you choose but I have always found them good value for money :) retry69

4:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

foresters says...

It was built in the horse and cart era.......
It was built in the horse and cart era....... foresters

6:56pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

retry69 wrote:
High Treason wrote:
It will be 1 bed flats and they can use the subway to dry their washing and keep the prams dry. After all the subway a vast waste of money.
It may depend on which subway you choose but I have always found them good value for money :)
Your comments always have a bite.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: It will be 1 bed flats and they can use the subway to dry their washing and keep the prams dry. After all the subway a vast waste of money.[/p][/quote]It may depend on which subway you choose but I have always found them good value for money :)[/p][/quote]Your comments always have a bite. Lord Spring

7:13pm Fri 13 Dec 13

lionheart says...

It was a decent pub and area to live in until the new road layout came along.
It was a decent pub and area to live in until the new road layout came along. lionheart

7:42pm Fri 13 Dec 13

retry69 says...

lionheart wrote:
It was a decent pub and area to live in until the new road layout came along.
Its still a decent area to live in :)
[quote][p][bold]lionheart[/bold] wrote: It was a decent pub and area to live in until the new road layout came along.[/p][/quote]Its still a decent area to live in :) retry69

9:20pm Fri 13 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

JustForPoole wrote:
J D Wetherspoons ?????
That would be the best option. I remember the Strouden Park Hotel - also listed - and the old Oak trees on Castle Lane decimated in the name of progress...hope it worked out okay for you.
[quote][p][bold]JustForPoole[/bold] wrote: J D Wetherspoons ?????[/p][/quote]That would be the best option. I remember the Strouden Park Hotel - also listed - and the old Oak trees on Castle Lane decimated in the name of progress...hope it worked out okay for you. O'Reilly

11:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

lionheart wrote:
It was a decent pub and area to live in until the new road layout came along.
...and the University.
[quote][p][bold]lionheart[/bold] wrote: It was a decent pub and area to live in until the new road layout came along.[/p][/quote]...and the University. muscliffman

8:25am Sat 14 Dec 13

foresters says...

John Beesley may buy the site for an improved junction with better traffic flow, including removing the subway.

Something needs to be done here to remove traffic from Winton High Street!

The purpose of Boundary Road (Winton & Moordown Relief Road) was to do just that!
John Beesley may buy the site for an improved junction with better traffic flow, including removing the subway. Something needs to be done here to remove traffic from Winton High Street! The purpose of Boundary Road (Winton & Moordown Relief Road) was to do just that! foresters

5:56pm Sat 14 Dec 13

s-pb2 says...

foresters wrote:
John Beesley may buy the site for an improved junction with better traffic flow, including removing the subway.

Something needs to be done here to remove traffic from Winton High Street!

The purpose of Boundary Road (Winton & Moordown Relief Road) was to do just that!
Theres already big queues there most mornings and late afternoon
[quote][p][bold]foresters[/bold] wrote: John Beesley may buy the site for an improved junction with better traffic flow, including removing the subway. Something needs to be done here to remove traffic from Winton High Street! The purpose of Boundary Road (Winton & Moordown Relief Road) was to do just that![/p][/quote]Theres already big queues there most mornings and late afternoon s-pb2

7:45pm Sat 14 Dec 13

poolepaul says...

dartguru wrote:
"The building, with its neo-Georgian design, echoes Ensbury Manor, which included a genuine Georgian wing and which dominated Ensbury village for several centuries until its demolition in 1936. "

I can google Ensbury Park myself if I want to, lazy journalism. The quality of the writing of this sentence stood out a mile in an otherwise generic echo non-article.
This was actually plagiarised from Wikipedia. Hang you head in shame Melanie Vass. Just so lazy, you couldn't even be bothered to re-word it. If my 12 year old son did this at school, he would probably end up in detention.
[quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: "The building, with its neo-Georgian design, echoes Ensbury Manor, which included a genuine Georgian wing and which dominated Ensbury village for several centuries until its demolition in 1936. " I can google Ensbury Park myself if I want to, lazy journalism. The quality of the writing of this sentence stood out a mile in an otherwise generic echo non-article.[/p][/quote]This was actually plagiarised from Wikipedia. Hang you head in shame Melanie Vass. Just so lazy, you couldn't even be bothered to re-word it. If my 12 year old son did this at school, he would probably end up in detention. poolepaul

5:16pm Sun 15 Dec 13

roguetrader666 says...

Dave Wells has bought it. Bit surprised as it is listed, so would hopefully limit any plans to demolish it.
Dave Wells has bought it. Bit surprised as it is listed, so would hopefully limit any plans to demolish it. roguetrader666

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