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14 November 2016 | Pubs

A historic piece of Winnie the Pooh's village comes to the market

The Anchor Inn, a Grade II listed freehouse in the East Sussex village of Hartfield, has been brought to the market by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

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Famous as the setting of the Winnie the Pooh books and home to Pooh Corner and Pooh Sticks Bridge, Hartfield, on the northern edge of the Ashdown Forest, attracts many tourists all year round.

Set in the heart of the community, The Anchor, a traditional two-storey country pub, comprises two bars (one with a cosy inglenook fireplace and small library), a spacious 40-cover dining area, four bedroom owners’ accommodation, two ensuite bed & breakfast rooms, a large trade garden with an area for hosting marquee wedding receptions and car parking for 50 vehicles.

Offering a wide selection of locally sourced cask ales with a blend of traditional and contemporary pub cuisine, The Anchor enjoys a good reputation with the local and wider community and was recently a winner of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice 2016 award.

James Hughes of Christie & Co’s Maidstone office is handling the sale. He comments, “The Anchor Inn has been in the same ownership for the past 30 years and the owners now wish to focus on other business interests.  This sale offers a fantastic opportunity for a new operator to take the reins and grow the business further, capitalising on the large amount of tourists in the area.

“We have seen a positive surge in demand for properties across East Sussex since the start of the year as investors and owner/operators return to the market, especially on attractive freeholds such as The Anchor Inn.”

An asking price of £795,000 is being sought for the freehold.