The Darlington Arms, located in the village of Redhill, near Wrington, has been acquired by first-time pub owners Thayanesan Karnan and Sivaji Rajmohan.
The pub recently became a contemporary roadside inn and was once an old coaching inn known as The Bell, which provided facilities for stabling, watering and changing of horses, along a major highway into Bristol.
The detached two-storey period building was fully restored and refurbished in 2015, reopening for trade in January 2016. Seven boutique bedrooms were opened in October 2017 and are designed to a “high specification”.
Owners Neil and Helen Maxwell decided to sell the pub in order to focus on other business interests. They said: “We wish the new owners, Raj and Karnan all the best for the future and thank you to all of our staff and customers for the last four years. We have had a blast.”
Karnan and Rajmohan had been searching for a “hospitality opportunity” in the south west to complement their existing business portfolio of petrol filling stations.
Rajmohan and Karnan added they intend to continue the current trading format but plan to place a greater focus on marketing the accommodation due to its close proximity to Bristol airport. They also intend to introduce a few “traditional” Indian meals to the menu in order to attract more local trade.
Nicholas Calfe, director at Christie and Co, who handled the sale, said: “I am so pleased to have completed the sale of The Darlington Arms for my clients Neil and Helen Maxwell, who rescued their local pub, The Darlington Arms from permanent closure.
“They purchased the property at auction some five years ago and set about renovating the pub from top to bottom, subsequently converting the first floor into letting rooms. This was key to its long-term survival and to make it profitable.”
He added: “It was obvious being so close to Bristol Airport to have the rooms which then made it far more saleable, attracting many interested parties. Neil and Helen, now plan to have a long break and fly out to Australia for Christmas.”