Villagers who tried to buy an empty pub have hit out at the brewery for setting a “ridiculous” pricetag.
The Green Man in Silk Mill Lane, Inglewhite, is widely considered to be the hub of the community - having hosted meetings, charity events and quizes - but has now stood empty for a year since landlords Dorothy and Paul Cross left.
Recently, a group of three men from the village approached Punch Taverns with an offer of £750,000 for the freehold, but this has been rejected.
One of the men, Mike Brown, of Button Street, said: “That was a serious offer, but they insist they want £1.5million, which is ridiculous.
“We could have turned that pub around and supported other local businesses through it, but Punch Taverns don’t want to know, and I think it’s scandalous.”
He added: “It’s a real loss to the community . We’ve had to cancel the nativity, pantomimes, charity events, and groups such as Neighbourhood Watch and the Inglewhite Players are having to go elsewhere.
“Now that we’ve met such resistance to our bid, the others are beginning to lose confidence, and Punch Taverns seem to be getting nowhere. with getting someone in.”
A spokesman for Punch Taverns declined to comment on the offer, but said: “The Green Man unfortunately remains closed but we continue to market the opportunity and actively seek the right licensee who can run the pub with our support.
“We have held open days, placed numerous adverts and interviewed a range of potential licensees but unfortunately to no avail so far.”