The two-story detached building features a spacious internal trading area for up to 65 covers and seven double ensuite letting rooms, all of which are named after different types of tree such as Maple, Willow and Cherry. The business currently trades as a restaurant serving classic French and British cuisine with a modern twist and operates as a destination inn with guest accommodation in picturesque surroundings.
Externally there are extensive manicured, tree lined gardens, parking spaces for 45 vehicles, and a grassed paddock which is perfect for a marquee but is currently used as overflow parking. Also included in the property is a four bedroom, self contained apartment which his currently used as owners accommodation but could alternatively be utilised as staff or manager apartments or converted as additional guest bedrooms, or a mixture of the 2 (plans are available).
With a well established reputation for quality, the Three Lions has received several accolades for its food, drink and accommodation, including a VisitEngland Silver award and Breakfast award and is featured in the Michelin Guide and Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2018.
The award-winning Three Lions Restaurant has been run by hands on owner operators, Mike and Jayne Womersley for the last 25 years, who have now decided to sell in order to retire from the trade. They comment, “we have limited trading to 5½ days a week to suit the family life, and over the past few years increased holiday closures, and stopped taking large outside party bookings to suit our trading lifestyle.”
Richard Wood, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co’s Winchester office is handling the sale and comments, “This is an ideal opportunity for an owner operator to acquire a long-established business that offers a range of income streams and scope to further develop trade.
“The substantial freehold is set in some beautiful gardens in the popular New Forest, making it an ideal wedding venue or setting for special events. We anticipate high levels of interest for this fantastic restaurant with accommodation due to its high quality and unbeatable destination.”
Christie & Co is seeking an asking price of £1,100,000 for the freehold interest of the Three Lions Restaurant.