Historic pub to be leased to new management

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THE owners of a historic pub have decided to take the business into a new era by leasing it.

Judith and Michael Shallow are looking for full time managers to run the Old Cannon Brewery, in Bury St Edmunds.

They will continue to own the freehold on the business, in Cannon Street, but the move will give them time to focus on their other commitments.

Mrs Shallow said: “We’ve had the business for four years.

“During that time we’ve invested in every aspect of it from the brewery to the bed and breakfast rooms.

“It’s doing really well in difficult times. What it really needs is for people to manage it full time, hands on which, because of our other business interests, we’re not able to do.

“We’ve been involved in the management but not on a day to day basis.

“It’s about finding the right people who can take the business on and lead it into a new decade.”

Mrs Shallow, who is former chairman of the Theatre Royal in Bury, is involved in a number of voluntary projects.

Her husband is a director of Britvic and Domino’s Pizza as well as a former director at Greene King.

The business is made up of a brewery, bar, brasserie and bed and breakfast.

The pub dates back to 1845 when it opened as the St Edmund’s Head.

Its own brewery was built two years later and was known as The Cannon.

Brewing stopped in 1917 and the pub closed its doors in 1995.

Following a conversion of the old brewhouse to bed and breakfast accommodation, the pub re-opened as The Old Cannon Brewery in 1999.

Mrs Shallow added: “There are two new bed and breakfast rooms. We’ve also extended the kitchen and refurbished the brewery cellar.

“The business is in great shape for someone who has some passion and commitment to take it on.”

The lease is being handled by Christie and Co in Ipswich.