A Fakenham pub which has been shut for three years remains on the market, with "no active interest" from prospective buyers. 

The Bull, in Bridge Street, remains available with a price tag of £500,000. 

It was put on the market in August last year after a lengthy search for new tenants to manage the property on behalf of its owner, The Wellington Pub Company, came to nothing. 


However, five months later, there has been little progress in striking a deal for a permanent sale. 

Fakenham & Wells Times: The Bull in Bridge Street, FakenhamThe Bull in Bridge Street, Fakenham (Image: Archant © 2011)

Simon Jackaman, divisional director at Fleurets East, the property agent, said interest had simply not been strong enough. 

"There have been enquiries and viewings but currently no active interest, unfortunately," he added. 

“We continue to market the property across all of our marketing formats to attract enquiries from both local and national buyers, with offers over £500,000 being sought for the freehold. 

"We regularly review our marketing strategy with the client and keep an eye on other, similar properties which have sold or are new to the market. We believe that the marketing strategy for the property is correct in the current market, but this is always under review.”

There had been some hope of the Bull finally reopening when the search for new tenants began in August 2021.

The historic pub - believed to date back to 1837 - closed in January 2019 after the landlord went bankrupt.

Despite still being shut, its alcohol license was reinstated in September 2021 having lapsed in November 2020 due to an administrative error.

Fakenham & Wells Times: The Bull in FakenhamThe Bull in Fakenham (Image: Fleurets)

While there was plenty of early interest from prospective new tenants, a Fleurets letting agent said in December 2021 that the Bull's proximity to a Wetherspoon pub was putting people off

The Bull's name came from its location on Bull Street, which was later changed to Bridge Street.

It is widely asserted that the road's name change followed a visit to Fakenham by the soon-to-be Queen Victoria.

The story goes that the future monarch became stuck in a ford in her carriage and vowed never to return to Fakenham unless a bridge was built. The bridge was duly built but Queen Victoria still never returned to the town.

To view the Bull's property listing, visit rightmove.co.uk/properties/125134922#.