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Essex inn snapped up by local operators

24 July 2008 by

The Old Courthouse Inn at Great Bromley in Essex has changed hands for the first time in 14 years.

The new owners are local operators Vincent (Vinny) and Sarah Ranzulla, who previously owned Sam's Diner restaurant and takeaway in Colchester seven miles away. Sarah's mother, Pam Arram, was also part of the buying team.

The 18th-century village inn on the edge of Constable Country dates back to 1722 and once served as the local courthouse (with the gallows across the road) before its conversion, in 1822, into an inn.

The deal included a four-bedroom owners' house with private parking and garden.

The new owners plan to create a function room for wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events, introduce a new menu of home-cooked food, and host occasional live music events.

The Ipswich office of Christie + Co sold the freehold off a guide price of £875,000 on behalf of Terry and Carole Marshall. Christie Finance provided the funding.

By Angela Frewin

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