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New leaseholders for Wilmington thatched pub

13 February 2009 by
New leaseholders for Wilmington thatched pub

The leasehold on the White Hart, a food-led thatched pub with rooms in Wilmington, Devon, has been sold to local buyers Richard and Margaret Fordyce.

The pub-restaurant, which was rebuilt after a major fire in 2004, has a prominent roadside position A35 mid-way between Honiton and Axminster.

Food accounts for 60% of the pub's annual turnover of around £217,676.

The main bar/restaurant, which can seat up to 60 diners, features a large fireplace, flagstone and quarry flooring, and exposed-beam ceiling. An adjoining reading room with fireplace can provide additional private dining for parties of up to 12.

The three en-suite letting bedrooms, which have a four-star VisitBritain rating, have been named after local families.

Other facilities include three-bedroom owners' accommodation and a first-floor skittle alley.

Outside, the White Hart provides parking for 25 cars, outside seating, an area suitable for a children's play zone and, to the rear, an enclosed private garden and courtyard.

Stonesmith of Exeter sold the 21-year Enterprise Inns lease (which commenced in December 2000) on behalf of Kellie Mannisto off a guide price of £99,950. Rent is currently £36,000 per annum.

By Angela Frewin

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