20 May 2015 | Pubs

Acclaimed Essex pub & restaurant is for sale with Christie + Co

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Specialist property adviser Christie + Co has been instructed to market The Bull and Willow Room, a beautifully appointed country pub and restaurant situated in the sought-after Essex village of Great Totham.

The property is comprised of The Bull, a Grade II listed coaching inn which dates back to the 16th century, and the adjoining Willow Room restaurant, named after the ancient willow in the garden. Both The Bull and Willow Room both serve good quality a la carte food which is fresh, seasonal and locally sourced and have held two AA rosettes since 2010, as well as an AA highly commended award for 2015 and also recommended in the Red Michelin Guide 2015. 

The Bull and Willow Room enjoys a wonderfully remote and peaceful location in the heart of the bucolic Essex countryside, yet it is less than an hour from London, making it an ideal destination pub. The front garden, which seats 40, overlooks the local Village Cricket ground and the further gardens, overlooking open fields, are substantial (0.33 of an acre) and can seat 80. In close proximity to the property there is an abundance of great golf courses such as Benton Hall, the Warren, Maldon, Rivenhall and Five Lakes. 

The public areas comprise of a 40 cover dining area, a contemporary 70 plus cover restaurant which has its own bar area and toilet facilities making it ideal for private functions, and a lounge area for approximately 15 people. The trading space offers great flexibility with the potential for further expansion subject to planning permission. 

On site there is also separate detached 2-storey cottage comprised of four en-suite boutique letting rooms which have been awarded four AA stars. There is also a two bedroom owners’ accommodation with a lounge, bathroom and kitchen.

Anthony Jenkins, Director at Christie + Co comments: “The business was refurbished to a very high standard under its current owners who acquired the property in 2010. Run under management, The Bull and Willow Room trades as a bar and restaurant with additional trade derived from private wedding parties, christenings, cabaret dinners and events throughout the year.""

“Our client can assure that the sale will not impact wedding and event bookings or the current operations at the property. A condition of sale is that all event bookings and deposits must be honoured.”

He adds: “The property is sure to catch the eye of experienced operators and lifestyle buyers alike thanks to its size, multiple income streams and excellent location in the well-connected village of Great Totham. It caters equally well to the local clientele and those travelling from further afield in search of a destination venue, whether it be exceptional dining or home comforts in an outstanding open countryside setting.” 

Christie + Co is offering the property on a freehold sale or leasehold basis and is seeking offers in excess of £1.295m for The Bull and Willow Room.