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08 May 2019 | Pubs

Experienced new owner for East Sussex village pub, The Bear Inn

The Bear Inn, in the picturesque village of Burwash, in Sussex, has been sold through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, to experienced multiple site operator, Paul Nolan.

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The Grade II listed free house, which has played host to visitors travelling through the area for over 300 years, comprises eight chalet style letting rooms, a bar with capacity for 70 covers, a 100-cover restaurant, and a conservatory. 

Enjoying a good reputation locally, the inn has been awarded an AA 3-Star rating and attracts a strong mix of leisure guests, tourists and local residents, playing a pivotal part in Burwash village life for many years.  

Having been under the ownership of previous owner Patrick O’Callaghan since 1984, Patrick felt the time was right to plan for retirement and comments, “Although I am sad to be leaving The Bear, I am delighted that James Hughes from Christie & Co was able to find an experienced operator to take the helm.  James managed to obtain plenty of interest, so I am very happy with the outcome and wish new owner, Paul Nolan, all the best for the future.”

New owner, Paul Nolan is an experienced operator and purchased The Bear Inn to add to his several other sites.

James Hughes, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co’s Maidstone office, handled the sale and comments, “This traditional pub and coaching inn attracted significant interest and we are delighted that experienced operator, Paul Nolan, secured the purchase. I have no doubt that he will continue Patrick’s good work with the business and it will be a success for many years to come.”

Christie & Co sold The Bear Inn off a freehold asking price of £1,450,000.