The new owner of a popular Derbyshire village pub has vowed to revamp the premises and turn it into a top venue for food and real ale.
Jonathan Smith, who already owns three other free houses in the county, has bought the Red Lion, in Main Road, Shirland, near Alfreton, for a six-figure sum.
He has bought the pub from Marston’s Inns and Taverns, which put it up for sale last year.
Occupying a prominent position on the corner of Main Road and Church Street, the Red Lion is a two-storey stone-built property.
It has a ground floor trading area and a large beer garden with a paved seating area to the rear. The three-bedroom owner’s accommodation is on the first floor.
Mr Smith now intends to refurbish the property and create an additional trading area by converting the adjoining garages into a restaurant.
The Red Lion was put up for sale by Marston’s Inns and Taverns last year
He said: “We have big plans for the Red Lion. We will undertake a comprehensive refurbishment of the property and continue to trade it as a pub, with a focus on real ale and good-quality food.”
Specialist business property adviser Christie and Co acted on behalf of Marston’s Inns and Taverns on the deal for the pub, which was on the market for an asking price of £285,000.
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Gavin Webb, business agent at Christie and Co’s Nottingham office, handled the sale.
He said: “We are pleased to have secured a sale of the property on behalf of Marston’s.
“This is yet another example of a public house being sold for continued licensed use and we wish Mr Smith the best of luck with his new venture.”
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Source: Derby Telegraph