A HEREFORDSHIRE community group which is trying to buy its local pub has said it is currently in a "strange limbo" after an offer was accepted.

More than three months ago, the group, Open Arms Kington, saw its offer on the town's 17th-century Duke Street pub accepted.

At the Oxford Arms, the group wants to create a space that presents opportunities for a wide range of ages, abilities and interests.


But now, the group says it is currently in "that strange period of property purchase limbo".

Surveys are being completed and solicitors and estate agents are said to be "doing their thing".

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"Anyone who has bought a house will know how tricksy this time can be," the group said.

"Please bear with us - we will share a proper update with you when we can."

In January, it asked for local builders and contractors who would be interested in the contract to install an accessible toilet in the Oxford Arms once the purchase was complete.


The £500,000 masterplan will see a social enterprise that will contribute to the town's social and economic regeneration and help build long-term community resilience coming out of the Covid pandemic.

It wants to preserve one of, what the group believes to be, the town's most cherished pubs and community venues, while also investing in the creation and development of an inclusive and vibrant community hub for Kington.

It is all part of the hope to secure a vibrant future for the landmark building, a 17th-century town centre coaching inn which boasts a bar, restaurant, function room, six ensuite letting bedrooms, owners' accommodation, a beer patio, and car park.