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Popular South Devon Village Inn Reopened, Renamed, And Revitalised

Popular South Devon Village Inn Reopened, Renamed, And Revitalised

Posted: Friday 20 July 2018

After a planned closure, the former Bishop John De Grandisson pub has reverted to its original name - Commercial Inn.  Changed under Heavitree ownership in the 1970s The Old Commercial Inn is back in business
Overlooking the Teign Estuary, between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth, Bishopsteignton has a real Devon village feel to it. Though one of several pubs in the village, the Old Commercial Inn has always been at the heart of village life since the 1700s.

Comprising of bar, lounge dining area, snug, private dining area, and commercial kitchen on the ground floor, this popular pub also makes use of an inner courtyard and terrace beer garden, as a well as a large car park. But this Grade II listed, detached property offers sizeable accommodation for patrons and owners alike.

The pub comes with extended 7-bedroom owners accommodation with living room, kitchen and family bathroom. However, following its planned closure immediately after purchase, the new owners have already invested heavily, and will be updating the bedrooms to offer accommodation in the tradition of a village inn along with Sunday lunch before the autumn comes along.

The former owners purchased the pub as a lifestyle business, therefore operating on restricted licensing hours with limited food offerings. That has left the property with great potential for increased food and drinks trade throughout the week, and the ability to generate further income.
Though the sale marked the purchasers first time in the licensed and hospitality trade, the successful purchase of the freehold for the Bishop John De Grandisson, now renamed The Old Commercial Inn, was completed in June 2018.

With a focus on becoming the heart of the community once more, continued investment will ensure The Old Commercial Inn remains central to Bishopsteignton village life for generations to come.

Jon Clyne, Director at Charles Darrow commented: “Michael & Katharine have a real passion to bring the pub back to its former glories and we are hearing some really positive news stories from the village and long may it continue. Bishopsteignton is crying out for a community offering and I am sure, when all the plans come to fruition, it will re-establish its place at the heart of the community”.

The freehold of the Commercial Inn sold off an asking price of £380,000.