7/5/2021 | Pubs

England’s third oldest classic coaching inn sold through Christie & Co

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of The Ostrich Inn, one of the country's most historic and classic inns located in the wealthy Berkshire village of Colnbrook.


Dating back to 1106, The Ostrich Inn is regarded as England’s third oldest inn, occupying a prominent and highly visible location on the High Street in Colnbrook. Set on nearly half an acre, the pub showcases many original features dating back over 900 years, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Nearby attractions which draw visitors to the area include Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse and Legoland.

The Grade II listed inn has remained an important staging post since the middle-ages and holds a rich history, which includes hosting many royal guests and according to local folklore, a series of mysterious guest disappearances that occurred in the 17th century. These were later found out to be a string of murders committed by the infamous landlord of the time, Mr Jarman. He and his wife would fill the rich customers with food and wine before they retired for the night in one of the rooms with a magic four-poster bed. The bed would tip backwards when they were asleep and drop them into a pot of boiling water, killing them instantly!

Today, the detached two-storey property comprises a characterful main bar, a restaurant space serving traditional British fayre with a focus on local produce, and an adjoining private dining room, all with original features including exposed timber beams, brickwork and a large fireplace. A function room featuring a large, vaulted ceiling and its own bar servery with capacity for 40 guests is also located on the first floor, whilst the rear of the inn features a south facing terrace with outdoor seating and large car park.

The business has been purchased by a private buyer, who plans to build on the success of the former owner by carrying out some light refurbishment works and re-establishing this long-standing business in the post-covid recovery.

Tim Widdows at Christie & Co handled the sale and comments, "The property attracted a large amount of interest due to its character and historic appeal. It is a thriving part of the local community in Colnbrook, and I am happy to see it go to an enthusiastic new operator.”

The Ostrich was sold from a guide price of £1,350,000

For further information on this press release, contact:                                                                                                                                  
Bronte Hughes, Corporate Communications Executive
P: +44 07721 420 656 or E: bronte.hughes@christie.com
Contact the agent:
Tim Widdows – Pubs & Restaurants
P: +44 7795 037 676 tim.widdows@christie.com