A pub with no bar or till, where beer is served directly from casks, has been sold to locals — who plan to keep it as it is.
The Grade II-listed Sun Inn at Leintwardine, near Ludlow, Herefordshire, was run by owner Flossie Lane for 74 years until her death earlier this summer. The pub had no bar nor till, and beer was served directly from casks while money was paid into a row of jam jars. Countless articles on the pub's eccentric landlady, and the venue's fate, have featured in the national press since her death.
Local residents, who got together to run the pub before it was due to go to auction on 27 June with Jackson International, were worried that it would be bought by developers and turned into a residential complex.
Bill Jackson of the agency, said: "The auction has been postponed and we have agreed terms with a local consortium, including a brewery, satisfying all parties. It will be kept as it is."
The pub's guide price for auction was £250,000 to £300,000. Its sale price is undisclosed but Jackson said it was a "fair figure" and beneficiaries were happy with the situation. Listed in the Good Beer Guide as a pub of outstanding national interest, it is set in a third of an acre and has a parlour bar, owner's lounge, kitchen/beer cellar and four bedrooms on the first floor.