The picturesque venues form part of the Suffolk Country Inns group and are both ideally located in rural settings close to the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With local attractions including the National Trust’s Flatford Mill & Cottage, Munnings Art Museum at Dedham and the River Stour, these pubs perfectly accommodate for the multitude of leisure visitors to the area and local community trade.
The Angel Inn, a 16th century Grade II listed property, enjoys a prime position in the sought after village of Stoke by Nayland. Boasting classic features with open fires, original brickwork and oak beams, the inn comprises a main lounge with bar servery for 52 covers, a separate bar area for 22 covers, further dining areas for an additional 30 covers, and guest accommodation on the first floor featuring six boutique en suite double bedroom with separate lobby access. Externally the site benefits from a trade garden for over 40 covers and a tarmac car park for 22 vehicles, plus a detached building to the rear provides owner’s accommodation, storage and laundry rooms.
Occupying a prominent riverside position, The Anchor Inn enjoys a unique setting on the River Stour, with substantial outside space, in the village of Nayland. This classic countryside pub comprises of a main bar area for 42 covers, two private dining rooms on the first floor for 14 and 50 covers respectively, plus a riverside dining room for 10 covers with access to the trade patio to the rear of the property. Additionally, the site features an outdoor bar servery unit, rear decking area for 36 covers, picnic benches along the riverside garden for 72 covers, car parking facilities, and a second external kitchen with an adjoining smokehouse. Owner’s accommodation is provided on the second floor of the property with office space and storage. The current owners have also obtained detailed planning permission to expand the restaurant, kitchen and external riverside covers, providing further potential to develop the site.
The current owners of The Angel and The Anchor have decided to move on as their main business is located in the far South West of England and they are looking to focus their management resources there. They have invested greatly in both sites and look forward to seeing the businesses continue to go from strength to strength.
Anthony Jenkins, Associate Director – Licensed & Leisure at Christie & Co is handling the sale and comments, “Both The Angel and The Anchor are established and well invested businesses which enjoy strong local reputations for quality food with huge potential to further develop the revenue streams. These highly successful venues are perfect for first time independent buyers looking to immerse themselves in rural Suffolk life in the heart of Constable country, or existing operators looking to make a quality addition to their portfolio.
“With two such properties in a desirable and popular area of the country and its thriving tourism bolstering local leisure and hospitality businesses, we expect a high level of interest and excitement over their introduction to the market.”
Christie & Co is seeking £1,395,000 for the freehold interest of The Angel and £895,000 for The Anchor.