Negotiations are under way for the Tipputs Inn to be sold to Ruskin Mill College in Nailsworth.
The former coaching inn on the A46 outsidde Nailsworth will close as a pub and restaurant if the sale goes ahead. It will be converted into a cafe, classrooms and accommodation.
Ruskin Mill College, for young people with learning difficulties, manages 100 acres of woodland and farmland and has a farm next to Tipputs.
College principal Elisabeth Johnson explained that Ruskin Mill was exploring the possibility of purchasing Tipputs Inn.
“The college is currently considering this option as it will mean that we can increase our resources and educational opportunities for the young people we work with as well as developing a community amenity.”
She confirmed that Ruskin Mill would not run Tipputs as a pub.
“The college is considering using the building for a small café and shop, both of which will be open to the public and which will provide valuable vocational training for the students, a public community meeting space, as well as additional offices, teaching spaces and some accommodation,” she said.
“The college is grateful for the ongoing support from the local community and hopes that if the purchase of the Tipputs is successful that we will be able to provide an additional resource for the area.”
Ruskin Mill expects to submit a planning application for the proposal in the next few weeks.
Nick Beardsley of the Food Club said that discussions regarding the sale of The Tipputs Inn to Ruskin Mill were proceeding positively.
“The group is in the fortunate position that no employees at The Tipputs need to lose their jobs, as they will be offered positions in another of the group's local establishments.
The Food Club feel it's a great opportunity for Ruskin Mill to utilise The Tipputs to its full potential. It's a perfect space for Ruskin Mill, and also a great time for The Food Club to hand over this part of its business.”
However pub-goers have expressed regret at the news.
“I’m very disappointed to hear that it’s going to be changed into a coffee house. It’s a busy vibrant pub even though it doesn’t have a village nearby. It’s a beautiful old pub building which has been there for hundreds of years with a lot of history,” said Chris Blackwell.
Fellow Tipputs regular Chris Stevens was also saddened at the news.
“Ruskin Mill is pushing locals out and taking the community away,” he said.