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One of Britain’s oldest pubs up for grabs

Posted: Monday 4 June 2018

THE search has begun to find someone to run or buy one of Britain’s ‘oldest’ surviving pubs.

The Cridford Inn – the building of which dates back to 825AD – has been put up for sale, after significant investment.

Now the owners of the Cridford Inn, which sits in an idyllic village in Trusham in the heart of the Teign Valley, Devon, are looking for someone to take on the leasehold of the business or snap up the freehold, with offers invited.

For £10,000, interested parties can earn the right to run a pub which sits on the site of one of Devon’s oldest dwellings having been remodelled in 1081 after previously featuring as a nursery and a farm.

Commercial property specialists Charles Darrow are on the hunt for new owners.

Director Jon Clyne commented: “Our clients purchased the Cridford to preserve the public house for the village and locals alike and having heavily invested in many aspects of the building, they are now keen step away and concentrate on other business interests within the trade. 

“They are very much open to proposals on a tenancy, lease, or, would consider a straight freehold sale.”

The Cridford Inn, mentioned in the Doomsday Book, was bought by its previous owners in 2007, but they put the pub up for sale in order to pursue other business interests and spend more time with their family.

The historic pub lies between the thriving town of Newton Abbot and city of Exeter and is hugely popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

The village inn is reputed to have two ghosts – a nun from the early history of the property and a Cavalier from Trusham’s conflict with neighbouring Ashton during the Civil War.

Boasting a thatched roof, small windows, part panelled and part exposed stone walls and slate floors throughout, The Cridford Inn is a quintessential country pub. 

The ground floor has a lounge bar, restaurant and function room while the first floor contains four en-suite bedrooms which had been utilized by the former owner. Externally the pub has a car park, seating for at least 50 customers by way of a slated terrace and stream side beer garden.