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The New Inn, Sampford Courtenay, Devon SOLD

The New Inn, Sampford Courtenay, Devon SOLD - 13th September 2011

Sale agreed within 24 hours of coming to the market

The new owners at the New Inn in Sampford Courtenay, Nr Okehampton have taken the pub by storm. Experienced caterers, Malcolm and Karen Whybrow have bought the business through licensed property specialists Stonesmith of Exeter, who sold the business on behalf of Sandra and Graham Greenaway.

Malcolm and Karen knew exactly what they were looking for and, having viewed the property on the day it went on the market, offered to buy it there and then. The sale took just 5 weeks to complete and since then they have not had time to look back.

Malcolm is a professional chef, with numerous awards and accolades for his food, and Karen who is running the front of house is also the dessert chef. Malcolm’s piece de resistance is seafood and all of the meals are fresh and home cooked. As well as having a passion for food they are also interested in real ales and have introduced a selection from across the region which have proved to be extremely popular.

This is the first time Malcolm and Karen have owned a pub and they plan to make it into a successful destination food led pub and restaurant. Since opening they have received a warm welcome from the locals and word and mouth has bought new and old customers in. The web site is now up and running www.newinnsampfordcourtenay.co.uk

The property is situated among rolling mid Devon hills and is Grade II Listed, dating from 16th Century. It is situated on the outskirts of the village on the busy Hatherleigh to North Tawton road. The property has tremendous character and presented in good order with many of the original features intact. Malcolm and Karen only felt the need to refurbish the rear restaurant to suit their style, which now provides an elegant but casual dining area with 26 covers. The main bar has 60 covers and the pool room a further 10. There is also a fully fitted catering kitchen and various stores. The private accommodation provides 3 bedrooms, a shower room, office, kitchen/diner and a lounge.

One of the additional benefits of the property is that it is set in approximately 2 acres of land. This provides extensive outdoor seating areas to the rear with a capacity of well over 100 covers. It also includes a separate smoking shelter to the front, a 1 acre paddock, further ¼ acre paddock and parking for 22 plus cars.

A free of tie lease, Stonesmith sold The New Inn off an asking price of £45,000.

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I am very grateful for all your efforts and patience in selling my business. Many thanks again.

Anne Olivant - Previous owner of Olivants, Exmouth