Southampton-based Indian restaurateur Mohammed Muktadir has bought the Rouille restaurant in Milford-on-Sea in Hertfordshire.
Milford-on-Sea is one of the few remaining coastal villages on the south coast and is just three miles from the Georgian town and yachting haven of Lymington in the heart of the New Forest.
Rouille occupies a refurbished period property in the High Street that provides a 30-seat restaurant with a bar area, three-bedroom owners' accommodation, and a rear courtyard.
The Winchester office of Christie + Co sold the freehold off a guide price of £450,000 on behalf of Phil and Janine Cooper, who are moving into the pub trade as lessees of the Crown Inn at Everton near Lymington.
By Angela Frewin