Future of prominent Bournemouth pub under review

Bournemouth Echo: LAST ORDERS: The Ensbury Park pub with windows and doors boarded up LAST ORDERS: The Ensbury Park pub with windows and doors boarded up

THE future of a prominent Bournemouth pub is being reviewed, months after it closed with no warning.

Pub company Enterprise Inns obtained vacant possession of the Ensbury Park Hotel last week and said it was now deciding what to do with the property.

The pub, which stands on the corner of Columbia Road and Boundary Road, shut suddenly at the end of last year when the landlord decided to cease trading.

In the past week or so, the windows and doors have been boarded up and made secure.

The pub is a listed building but that would not necessarily stop it from being redeveloped.

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

No planning application has yet been submitted for the site and a spokesperson for Enterprise Inns said only: “We can confirm that the Ensbury Park Hotel has now reverted to Enter-prise and we are currently reviewing our options for the future of the property.”

The pub is in the Wallis-down and Winton West ward but is adjacent to Redhill Common.

Cllr Sue Levell, who represents Redhill and Northbourne, said: “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up.

“It hasn’t been looked upon favourably for some time and residents are anxious to know what’s going to happen to the building, which I believe is listed.

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7:17am Mon 10 Mar 14

Talkingheadera says...

It will obviously be a tesco express as no planning permission required.
Until the government change the planning laws more and more of these old pubs will go the same way.
The best thing that can happen is enterprise inns goes bust much like punch taverns could be going.
Then a private owner comes in and runs it or leases it without tying the tenants to the stupid prices they have to pay for their beer and the inflated rents.
It will obviously be a tesco express as no planning permission required. Until the government change the planning laws more and more of these old pubs will go the same way. The best thing that can happen is enterprise inns goes bust much like punch taverns could be going. Then a private owner comes in and runs it or leases it without tying the tenants to the stupid prices they have to pay for their beer and the inflated rents. Talkingheadera
  • Score: 29

7:50am Mon 10 Mar 14

Ralph Horris says...

It is not a listed building, as in it is not listed on the national list compiled by English Heritage, but is a locally listed building, meaning Bournemouth council has put it on their list of buildings they believe have some architectural or historical merit.
It is not a listed building, as in it is not listed on the national list compiled by English Heritage, but is a locally listed building, meaning Bournemouth council has put it on their list of buildings they believe have some architectural or historical merit. Ralph Horris
  • Score: 17

7:53am Mon 10 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

: “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up."

Would they have liked a different colour.
: “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up." Would they have liked a different colour. Lord Spring
  • Score: 10

7:56am Mon 10 Mar 14

anigel says...

Knowing the way most pubcos have been operating, it will no doubt be sold to some developers for either housing or a shop
Knowing the way most pubcos have been operating, it will no doubt be sold to some developers for either housing or a shop anigel
  • Score: 11

8:01am Mon 10 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

The Ensbury Park Hotel needs to be taken by a private consortium on the proviso they guarantee that it will be returned as a threshold pub, and restaurant, with the upper spaces being used as either a large function room, or as formerly, hotel rooms. Too many pubs have been closed, and are closing. We should support the retention of this establishment, but as a private enterprise and not managed with a tenancy with high prices.
The Ensbury Park Hotel needs to be taken by a private consortium on the proviso they guarantee that it will be returned as a threshold pub, and restaurant, with the upper spaces being used as either a large function room, or as formerly, hotel rooms. Too many pubs have been closed, and are closing. We should support the retention of this establishment, but as a private enterprise and not managed with a tenancy with high prices. TheDistrict
  • Score: 17

8:18am Mon 10 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

For Ensbury Park the underlying problem has been the complete destruction and de-characterisation of the area for the sake of the car exacerbated by the rise of the supermarkets.
For Ensbury Park the underlying problem has been the complete destruction and de-characterisation of the area for the sake of the car exacerbated by the rise of the supermarkets. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 11

8:47am Mon 10 Mar 14

Adrian XX says...

Some pubs have simply become unpleasant places with bland mass-produced beer, a poor choice of wine and boil-in-the-bag food. Pubcos should charge an appropriate rent to make a profit then allow the landlord to buy his own drinks from the local brewery and the supermarket. Supermarkets are far better at offering "innovative" products than pubs - when I can get better beer from waitrose, why would I venture into a pub to drink some vile big-brand creation?
Some pubs have simply become unpleasant places with bland mass-produced beer, a poor choice of wine and boil-in-the-bag food. Pubcos should charge an appropriate rent to make a profit then allow the landlord to buy his own drinks from the local brewery and the supermarket. Supermarkets are far better at offering "innovative" products than pubs - when I can get better beer from waitrose, why would I venture into a pub to drink some vile big-brand creation? Adrian XX
  • Score: 22

8:49am Mon 10 Mar 14

smhinto says...

If Enterprise Inns had anything to do with it - It is not surprising that it has closed. They are a very poor company to be associated with.
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They care very little about the customer. they tie the manager to what beers they can buy in. They also do not renovate and look after their pubs and so are often ran down and filthy. Enough said.
If Enterprise Inns had anything to do with it - It is not surprising that it has closed. They are a very poor company to be associated with. . They care very little about the customer. they tie the manager to what beers they can buy in. They also do not renovate and look after their pubs and so are often ran down and filthy. Enough said. smhinto
  • Score: 20

8:52am Mon 10 Mar 14

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
: “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up."

Would they have liked a different colour.
But who are the people living there at the moment and have been for a couple of weeks mmmmmm
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: : “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up." Would they have liked a different colour.[/p][/quote]But who are the people living there at the moment and have been for a couple of weeks mmmmmm retry69
  • Score: 7

9:52am Mon 10 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

retry69 wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
: “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up."

Would they have liked a different colour.
But who are the people living there at the moment and have been for a couple of weeks mmmmmm
Some Enterprising people
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: : “As a councillor for a neighbouring ward, residents have contacted me regarding the pub, especially since the silver boards have gone up." Would they have liked a different colour.[/p][/quote]But who are the people living there at the moment and have been for a couple of weeks mmmmmm[/p][/quote]Some Enterprising people Lord Spring
  • Score: 5

10:05am Mon 10 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

As for it's possible future role - should it be left standing, it's a large multi-storey building less than a couple of miles along the pavements and through a few red lights by bicycle from the Uni - go figure!
As for it's possible future role - should it be left standing, it's a large multi-storey building less than a couple of miles along the pavements and through a few red lights by bicycle from the Uni - go figure! muscliffman
  • Score: 8

10:05am Mon 10 Mar 14

retry69 says...

Looked like squatters to me lol
Looked like squatters to me lol retry69
  • Score: 5

10:22am Mon 10 Mar 14

retry69 says...

I'm sure a Mr Wells or Mitchell will come a long and convert it into a toddlers indoor play area just for the benefit of our local community, it's an ideal spot :)
I'm sure a Mr Wells or Mitchell will come a long and convert it into a toddlers indoor play area just for the benefit of our local community, it's an ideal spot :) retry69
  • Score: 12

10:23am Mon 10 Mar 14

yvonne33 says...

could this be another dave wells project they hang around the malt and hops in southbourne so lets watch this space in ensbury park
could this be another dave wells project they hang around the malt and hops in southbourne so lets watch this space in ensbury park yvonne33
  • Score: 11

10:24am Mon 10 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
For Ensbury Park the underlying problem has been the complete destruction and de-characterisation of the area for the sake of the car exacerbated by the rise of the supermarkets.
Yellow lines and parking restrictions have driven people to out of town supermarkets and led to the demise of the small shop, these small shops still rely on passing trade, if people cant park then the shop is the loser.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: For Ensbury Park the underlying problem has been the complete destruction and de-characterisation of the area for the sake of the car exacerbated by the rise of the supermarkets.[/p][/quote]Yellow lines and parking restrictions have driven people to out of town supermarkets and led to the demise of the small shop, these small shops still rely on passing trade, if people cant park then the shop is the loser. Hessenford
  • Score: 6

10:43am Mon 10 Mar 14

glook says...

Some great comments here. As a local, I would like it to remain a pub. It does need a considerable amount of money spent on it, to improve the inside and the exterior. I would hope in time, that the reputation of the pub will improve.
Some great comments here. As a local, I would like it to remain a pub. It does need a considerable amount of money spent on it, to improve the inside and the exterior. I would hope in time, that the reputation of the pub will improve. glook
  • Score: 10

10:54am Mon 10 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Hmm Tesco at Wallisdown and Kinson (soon), Sainsburys at Alder Hills and Winton, Co-Op opening on Kinson Rd, isn't it time ASDA moved into the express store market?

Doubt very much it will remain a pub.
Hmm Tesco at Wallisdown and Kinson (soon), Sainsburys at Alder Hills and Winton, Co-Op opening on Kinson Rd, isn't it time ASDA moved into the express store market? Doubt very much it will remain a pub. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 3

12:10pm Mon 10 Mar 14

bournemouthbell says...

its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc
its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc bournemouthbell
  • Score: 9

12:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

High Treason says...

It will be low cost housing or student lets. Either way the area will go downhill, more so than it is now. The council should buy the place and demolish it, then do a redesign of the grid locked one way system.
It will be low cost housing or student lets. Either way the area will go downhill, more so than it is now. The council should buy the place and demolish it, then do a redesign of the grid locked one way system. High Treason
  • Score: 7

1:10pm Mon 10 Mar 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

bournemouthbell wrote:
its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc
I agree,,,,,,, best described as a "care in the community" pub full of nutters and rednecks!
[quote][p][bold]bournemouthbell[/bold] wrote: its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc[/p][/quote]I agree,,,,,,, best described as a "care in the community" pub full of nutters and rednecks! fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 8

1:18pm Mon 10 Mar 14

retry69 says...

bournemouthbell wrote:
its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc
Unfortunately your comment is the most accurate :(
[quote][p][bold]bournemouthbell[/bold] wrote: its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc[/p][/quote]Unfortunately your comment is the most accurate :( retry69
  • Score: 4

1:53pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ashleycross says...

Enterprise Inns have no break clause in their leases, so its like selling yourself into slavery going into business with them as a landlord.
Enterprise Inns have no break clause in their leases, so its like selling yourself into slavery going into business with them as a landlord. ashleycross
  • Score: 2

2:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

Will the same people who ripped out Ensbury Park Methodist Church be involved. Another contender maybe. No more student accommodation.
Will the same people who ripped out Ensbury Park Methodist Church be involved. Another contender maybe. No more student accommodation. TheDistrict
  • Score: 5

3:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

apm1954 says...

smhinto wrote:
If Enterprise Inns had anything to do with it - It is not surprising that it has closed. They are a very poor company to be associated with.
.
They care very little about the customer. they tie the manager to what beers they can buy in. They also do not renovate and look after their pubs and so are often ran down and filthy. Enough said.
as an ex licencee with enterprise i totally agree
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: If Enterprise Inns had anything to do with it - It is not surprising that it has closed. They are a very poor company to be associated with. . They care very little about the customer. they tie the manager to what beers they can buy in. They also do not renovate and look after their pubs and so are often ran down and filthy. Enough said.[/p][/quote]as an ex licencee with enterprise i totally agree apm1954
  • Score: 5

6:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

That pub has been finished for years.....expect a few other 'well known pubs' to follow.
That pub has been finished for years.....expect a few other 'well known pubs' to follow. O'Reilly
  • Score: 6

11:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Eamon says...

This was the worst pub in Bournemouth a hole in the ground would be an improvement
This was the worst pub in Bournemouth a hole in the ground would be an improvement Eamon
  • Score: 5

6:53am Tue 11 Mar 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

Where abouts is Wallis-down? Such sloppy reporting..
Where abouts is Wallis-down? Such sloppy reporting.. Bonkeydollocks
  • Score: 3

7:38am Tue 11 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

fedupwithjobsworths wrote:
bournemouthbell wrote:
its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc
I agree,,,,,,, best described as a "care in the community" pub full of nutters and rednecks!
Well, you used to go there!
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithjobsworths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bournemouthbell[/bold] wrote: its been a awful pub for years,drugs under age drinking,etc[/p][/quote]I agree,,,,,,, best described as a "care in the community" pub full of nutters and rednecks![/p][/quote]Well, you used to go there! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 5

7:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

tonyboa says...

I live around the corner and its always been an eyesore, pull it down and get rid.
I live around the corner and its always been an eyesore, pull it down and get rid. tonyboa
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

trogs says...

Columbia Garage.. now a block of flats
The Methodist church...now a block of flats
The bike shop next to co op..now a block of flats
Columbia Garage.. now a block of flats The Methodist church...now a block of flats The bike shop next to co op..now a block of flats trogs
  • Score: 1

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