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New owner takes on Hampshire village pub, The Northbrook Arms

The Northbrook Arms, a closed 19th century pub situated in the picturesque Hampshire village of East Stratton, has been sold through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

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The pub previously comprised a 70 cover bar and restaurant, an 80 cover beer garden, five en suite letting rooms, as well as two bedroom owner’s accommodation arranged over the first floor. Having been closed for the past six months, The Northbrook Arms previously enjoyed a strong reputation locally and the letting accommodation was becoming increasingly popular, due its proximity near the ancient cathedral city of Winchester and market towns of Alresford and Basingstoke.

Previously owned by Lord Northbrook, The Northbrook Arms had been a part of the family’s estate for generations.

New owner, Kate Shanley comments, “I am very excited to have successfully secured The Northbrook Arms and look forward to reopening as soon as we can. To secure the viability of the pub, we will be submitting a planning application to construct an extension and carry out a full refurbishment of the site to create a fantastic village venue with a modern twist, supported by very high-quality guest accommodation.

“East Stratton is a beautiful village and deserves a successful community venue, and I look forward to putting it back on the map as a place to eat and stay. Improving community engagement and facilities forms a large part of our plans and we look forward to sharing our thoughts with residents shortly. To get things started, we will be supporting this year’s Summer Village Fete.”

Richard Wood, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co handled the sale and comments, “I was delighted to facilitate the transaction which will see another Hampshire pub reopen its doors with a successful operator at the helm. We wish Kate every success in what I am sure will be a strong business for many years to come.  

“Pubs have traditionally suffered in today’s market and are all too often being snapped up by developers to be converted into housing, both Lord Northbrook and Kate were passionate about securing the public use of the site as part of the deal, so it’s fantastic to be assisting in the reopening of this superb village pub.”

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