ONE of Tamworth's most iconic watering holds has been bought via a private sale.
The land which the Locomotive Hotel sits upon was purchased through a private negotiation sale on Friday.
Formally owned by Matt Zell, the Leader understands the property on the corner of Belmore Street and William Street, West Tamworth was purchased via a private negotiation, after initially going to auction in February.
Built in 1878, the pub affectionately known as the 'Loco' became one of the most popular workers watering holes in Tamworth.
Former publican Fred Thompson, established the Locomotive as a go-to venue during the early years of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
During that time, the pub was known to host a variety of different events including live music shows, talent quests, pig, goat and camel racing.
The venue was first put up for sale in 2017.