A BUYER has been found for a former pub and restaurant near Ellesmere Port.

The Hooton Hotel, which closed in 2018, had failed to sell at an online auction held by Pugh earlier this month.

However, according to the property auction experts' website, the 1.25 acre site – which had been given a guide price of £325,000 to £350,000 – ended up being sold post auction.

The property is near to Hooton railway station and has parking provision for 50 vehicles.

Speaking ahead of the auction which is held on September 9, Pugh managing director Paul Thompson said: "Properties such as the Hooton Hotel offer great potential either for strategic redevelopment schemes and it would be tremendous to see the venue become an asset to the community once again.

"The site is in an excellent location, with superb road and rail links on the doorstep, as well as being just 10 miles from Chester.”

Pugh's next online auction takes place on October 21.

The auction house has sold more than 120 lots and reported sales of over £11m at its online auctions since lockdown.