The sale of an historic west Suffolk pub has been delayed until next year. 

Property consultant Allsop has postponed the auction of the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket, currently owned by Review Hotels. 

In September the hotel was put up for sale with a price tag of £2.25million but this was recently reduced to a guide price of £1.75m.

Noel Byrne, the hotel's managing director, said: "Given the property's rich 400-year history, there's a wealth of important information to compile, adding character and value to its sale."

"Our priority is to equip potential buyers with everything necessary for the enduring success of this iconic building and its integral role in Newmarket's development."

"The decision to delay the auction has enabled us to meticulously source and compile all the details essential to make this endeavour a resounding success."

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The 17th century coaching inn offers a 46 bedroom hotel with planning permission for an additional 26 en-suite tooms and off-street parking. 

There are also conference and event facilities, as well as a bar and restaurant.

The auction was originally due to take place on Thursday, December 14 but has been pushed back to the new year.