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A 26-bedroomed hotel in Wisbech closed without warning today.

“We regret to inform you that as of 4th November 2022, the hotel is permanently closed to the public,” said a post by the Rose and Crown owners on Facebook.

“This includes the food and beverage departments, alongside the accommodation.

“We thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years and will miss seeing each and every one of you.”

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The closure follows weeks of speculation that the hotel was winding down ahead of securing a contract to house asylum seekers.

The hotel, parts of which date back to the 15th century, was used extensively throughout the Covid pandemic to house the homeless.

Now, with a change of ownership following its sale earlier this year (off an asking price of £1.2m) the hotel is set to once again to cease functioning as a local restaurant and hotel.

Until its recent sale, it had been owned for the past six years by Rajesh Sadana.

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“We regret to inform you that as of 4th November 2022, the hotel is permanently closed to the public,” said a post by the Rose and Crown owners on Facebook.

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The Grade II listed hotel was sold through Colliers.

“The hotel also features a 180-capacity ballroom licensed for civil weddings as well as meeting rooms, restaurants, a bar, courtyard and car park,” said Paul Barrasford of Colliers.

“The hotel has been extended over the years, but still retains its historic charm.”

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Mr Barrasford said: “Throughout the pandemic the accommodation side of the business has maintained a healthy trade, with a strong and profitable performance from bedroom revenues.

“The business is on an upward trajectory as its revenue streams from restaurants, bars and events rooms have come back online.”

The hotel previously operated as a coaching inn, played host to a local literary society and a previous landlord was the inventor of the Tidnam’s Tipple drink.

 

 

 

 

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