The food-led Anchor Inn at Sutton Gault in Cambridgeshire has been bought by its head chef and manager after 15 years under the same ownership.
The sale to Adam Pickup and Carlene Bunten was handled by the Norwich office of Colliers Robert Barry, which was seeking offers in excess of £700,000 for the freehold.
The building nestles on the banks of the New Bedford River about seven miles west of Ely and was built in the 1650s as a shelter for workers digging clay from the river.
The popular, food-led inn with rooms carries an AA rosette and is listed in both the Michelin guide and the Good Food Guide.
The ground floor bar-restaurant is made up of four interconnecting areas that can seat around 75 guests and feature open fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, exposed timber and brickwork and part-panelled walls.
There are also four en-suite letting bedrooms (of which two are suites) which carry a five red-diamond rating, along with two single staff bedrooms.
By Angela Frewin