The Reservoir Inn at Thornton has remained empty and unloved since there was a small fire in the kitchen in September 2018.
The building has been an important part of the village for over a hundred years.
Steeped in history; the Reservoir Inn was formerly known as the Bulls Head and was originally a slaughter house. It later became known as the Tipsy Fisherman, a reference the locals believe, to the anglers on Thornton reservoir. In 2010 it was ‘re-branded’ again to the Steam Trumpet; its name derived from a steam locomotive accident that occurred in Thornton in 1883, which lead to the invention of the steam whistle by George Stephenson. By 2013 the pub had been sold again and became known as the Reservoir Inn.
A planning application for housing has been rejected leading to an exciting opportunity to preserve this much-loved pub for social benefit, by providing a meeting place for the community and the many visitors to the area. However it has been estimated it would cost approximately £750,000 to purchase and renovate.
The lack of interest for two years indicates that a second public house in the village would be unsustainable and a change of use is essential to preserving this old building.
The pub is advertised for rental with APB Leicester.