Trio reveal plan to bring crumbling Kingston Tavern back to life - but can't locate owner
Ian, Andy and Chris want to reopen the Kingston Tavern (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Jun 2018
A crumbling city centre pub which has been left neglected and abandoned for years could soon be brought back to life after three friends announced their masterplan to relaunch it.
The façade of the Kingston Tavern in Paragon Street, which used to be owned by Yates’s, is becoming more unkempt by the day.
The windows are blacked out and the walls are disintegrating but Ian Batty, Andy Fenton and Chris Wills have vowed to step in to save it.
There is just one problem – for the past six months, they have been unable to track down the owner of the premises.
Mr Batty said: “We’ve looked on the internet and been in touch with Hull BID but we’ve found nothing. We’ve been looking since before Christmas but there’s no sign of an owner anywhere.
“It’s really frustrating because we have all been so eager to get on with it so it’s not sat there. We’ve been looking at other pubs and shops too in that time but we feel this is the one we can do something with and bring back to life.
“We’ve really hit a stumbling block.”
The three friends are struggling to find the owners of the building (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
All three men, who work together in the hotel trade, have experience in the pub industry. Mr Wills has worked in nightclubs and management roles, Mr Fenton used to DJ at Tropical Knights and Romeo and Juliets, and Mr Batty is a bar supervisor.
The trio believe they have the right qualities as a group to revamp the boozer and restore it to its former glory.
Mr Batty, who is 49, said: “I’ve just been put through for my personal licence and I thought ‘now I’ve got it, why not use it?’
“It’s a nice, listed building and it’s got everything there to make it a success. Our vision is to bring it back to life. We want to do discos, food until late on and make it a working pub/restaurant.
The building is crumbling after years of neglect (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
“We would have functions on, tribute nights and we would try and make it as family oriented as possible during the day.
“But we’ve had no chance to get inside and take a look for ourselves. We’ve got plans for the place we just really want to put them into action.”
The friends are desperate for the owners to make themselves known (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
Hull City Council’s planning department said it is not aware of any planning applications in relation to the Kingston Tavern. Commercial property agents PPH did own the building but the company said it sold it last year to another party.
It has been Mr Batty’s lifelong ambition to run his own pub but as the days continue to pass his dreams are beginning to wilt.
He has urged the owner of the building to get in touch with him and his friends so their goal to restore the pub can finally become a reality.
“It’s such a shame to see the outside of it going to wrack and ruin. The longer it is left, the more damaged it will get, and it could become home to squatters.
“With everything happening around the city centre it would be great to see this pub up and thriving and to give people another place to go.”