A CLOSED pub is on the market after a planning application to turn it into a house was withdrawn by the applicants.

The owners of The Jolly Frog, on the A4113 near Leintwardine on the Herefordshire-Shropshire border, said they had marketed the pub for rent but nobody sees it as a viable business in their planning application earlier this year.

Stuart Lawson asked Herefordshire Council if he could turn the pub, which has been closed for some two years, into a house.

But the application, which drew an objection from the Campaign for Real Ale, who said there appeared to have been no effort to market the premises for sale as a public house prior to submitting the application, and neighbours the Toddens Garage, who felt the conversion could affect their business.

Marketing agents Jackson Property said the pub, which is on the market for offers in the region of £395,000, offers an extensive downstairs restaurant, bar area, dining area and kitchen with first floor office and dining accommodation and a one-bed owner's flat on the second floor.

Outside, there is a further dining area and large car park.

"The Jolly Frog offers huge potential as an existing gastro pub or a commercial enterprise as prior to its closure it was a very well renowned sea food restaurant, having a good prominent position on the side of the A4113 just outside the ever popular village of Leintwardine, giving access out toward the border country and within striking distance of Ludlow and Leominster and all the surrounding villages." the agents said.

Jackson Property said they would like to point out that although well appointed throughout, the building will require some remedial repairs from a water leak to the chimney breast areas internally.