THE owner of Grantham’s famous Catlin’s restaurant is looking for a new tenant to re-open the business.
Adrian Moore has begun the search for someone new to buy the lease on the iconic High Street building, after the previous tenants closed earlier this year.
Catlin’s closed on March 4 but Mr Moore hopes to find a new tenant to take it on as soon as possible.
Mr Moore was a close friend of the late John Hindmarch, an accountant and property developer who founded Grantham Estates - which owns a significant amount of property in the town.
He said: “Like my late friend John Hindmarch, I share his passion for the survival of Grantham.
“If it’s at all possible, Catlin’s will re-open along traditional lines as soon as possible.”
The building was erected in 1560, and during the Civil War it was used by Charles Hamilton, a captain in Oliver Cromwell’s army.
His halberd - a weapon combining a spear and an axe - was discovered hidden behind panelling in 1890.
In 1740 the building was the birthplace of the world-famous Grantham Gingerbread.
According to folklore, baker William Egglestone chanced upon the recipe by mistake when he accidentally mistook one ingredient for another.
The result was a delicate white biscuit which soon became a bestseller.
In 1962 Harry and Sheila Hallam bought the building, which by then was called Catlins.
The business remained in the ownership of Sheila after Harry’s death in 1989 and Adrian became involved when he married Sheila in 1993.
Adrian, who spent his career as an estate agent in Grantham, found tenants to take on the property in 1998 and the Catlin’s name has continued.
The existing restaurant comes complete with catering equipment and contains four dining rooms.
l For more information about buying the lease on the restaurant, contact Chesterton Humberts on 01476 514514.