South Downs pub with celebrity clientele for sale

The Jolly Sportsman of East Chiltington, Lewes, East Susex is being currently marketed with Fleurets.

The South Downs pub/restaurant boasts extensive celebrity clientele, including comedians Steve Coogan and Sean Lock as well as TV presenter Jamie Theakston.

The property’s freehold is currently marketed off a guide price of £699.5k reduced from £750k, and accounts show proven sales of £501k per annum net of VAT.

Nick Earee of Fleurets commented: “The current owners are Bruce and Gwyneth Wass, who have chosen to sell in order to retire. Bruce Wass, a former London chef, opened Thackeray's Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells in 1984 and after that triumph purchased the Jolly Sportsman in 1998, then run as a country pub taking less than £2,000 a week.”

Since the Wass’ occupation the property and business have been transformed, now enjoying a reputation as one of the best places to eat in Sussex and featured in most major food guides.

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