Oldest inn in London borough of Richmond on the market

12 January 2006
Oldest inn in London borough of Richmond on the market

The White Hart Inn, the oldest surviving pub in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, has been put on the market.

The landmark property in the village of Whitton, north-west of Twickenham in Middlesex, dates back to 1685 and has been designated a Building of Townscape Merit (which is a notch below listed status).

The family-friendly property is a traditional wet-led pub with B&B accommodation that has been owned by brothers Andy and Steve Papworth and their mother Anne for the past 13 years.

Along with an open plan bar with a separate snug, the character inn has six letting bedrooms, owners' accommodation comprising a double bedroom and reception room, a large enclosed beer garden, and a car park.

The business serves bar meals and Sunday lunches and is involved in local sporting events, hosting its own golf society and darts team.

"This traditional 17th century inn has an established community trade with is 95% wet-led," said Chris Bickle at the Epsom office of property agent Christie + Co.

"The property has a large beer garden and sits in a massive plot of land of around 13,000 sq ft, which lends itself to the possibility of residential development, subject to the necessary planning consents."

Christie + Co has set a guide price of £1.5m for the freehold on the property. It will also consider premium offers for a new free-of-tie lease based on a flexible rent of around £75,000 per annum.

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