AN offer has been received for a Poole pub which has thrown its future as a public house into doubt.

The Potter’s Arms in Blandford Road is close to Poole Bridge, in the lower Hamworthy regeneration area.

Built in 1856 by the Architectural Pottery Company for their workers, forerunner of Carters and Pilkingtons, it is currently owned by Marston’s, which took over the pubs run by Dorchester company Eldridge Pope.

A spokesperson for Marston’s said: “We are currently in receipt of an offer for the Potter’s Arms and this is being reviewed at present.”

The outcome is unlikely to be known for a few weeks.

Entrepreneur Richard Carr’s name has been linked with the premises and has said he was investigating on behalf of a retail operator interested in turning it into a convenience store.

However he said this is not being pursued as it did not fit the requirements.

“At this moment there is no further interest in this building as the retail operator has said they are not interested,” he said.

Borough of Poole’s planning department said it has not had any approaches from possible developers.

Richard Genge, planning and regeneration manager said: “The council has had no contact regarding the site of the Potters Arms. The site is a public house and we would need to consider any future proposals.”

Ann Smeaton, chairman of Hamside Residents Association and Pat Bullock, chairman of the Friends of Hamworthy Park said they had not heard of any proposals for the pub.

“As long as it’s a community facility,” said Mrs Smeaton. She added: “We will get pubs along the waterfront eventually.”

Last year an online campaign was started objecting to the former Sandacres pub at Sandbanks re-opening as a Tesco Express and before that the Tatnam pub closed and was opened as a Co-op store.