Lincolnshire garden centre and pub items go under the hammer

Furniture, furnishing and equipment including a children’s play area, will go under the hammer next week from a closed garden centre and restaurant near Lincoln and a pub in Tealby.

The Willows Garden Centre at Glentham near Caenby Corner closed down last year, but the restaurant remained in business until the coronavirus lockdown in March. The restaurant operator has since decided against continuing.

The owners of The Olde Barn Inn at Tealby decided to call it a day early in the New Year and the site is now for sale, with planning permission for the creation of half a dozen homes.

Thousands of pounds worth of items will now go under the hammer on Thursday, September 10. Auctioneer Paul Cooper, director of industrial auctioneers Eddisons CJM, is handling both sales.

The Olde Barn Inn at Tealby.

The auction for The Willows extends to 150 lots from the restaurant and the garden centre.

This includes the garden centre’s main steel-framed building, which is expected to go for just £2,000-£3,000, but the buyer would have to arrange for it to be dismantled and removed.

The auction for The Olde Barn extends to 70 lots and includes all the furniture, fixtures and fittings from the bar, restaurant and kitchen. There is also a range of outdoor furniture and parasols.

Auctioneer Paul Cooper said: “Part of The Olde Barn Inn dates back four centuries, which must make it one of the oldest bits of pub in the county, albeit the site only became an inn thirty or forty years ago.

“Unfortunately, as everyone knows, country pubs have been struggling for some time. Attracting the great tenants and talented chefs that are now required to achieve success in the business isn’t easy.”

Some of the garden centre play area equipment that is going under the hammer.

He added: “Glentham turned out to be a difficult area for the venture, rather proving the point that you can be in the middle of everywhere… Market Rasen, Lincoln Gainsborough, Scunthorpe and Grimsby… without being close enough to anywhere.

“Initial success after the opening of the garden centre back in 2013 faded as the novelty wore off.”

Viewing sessions for the auctions are taking place on Wednesday, September 9, between 11am-4pm at the Olde Barn Inn and from 9am-3pm at the Willows Garden Centre & Restaurant. The online auctions are scheduled to close at 1pm.

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