Herefordshire foodie favourite The Kilpeck Inn has been sold to Jonathan Bull, off an asking price of £495,000.
The 17th century inn, home to four bedrooms as well as a 60-cover dining space, will continue to be operated under the management of its existing team led by award-winning chef Ross Williams and front of house Kath Capel.
Peter Brunt, hotels director at Colliers International said: “The refurbished property has been something of a labour of love for the present owner, who acquired the 17th century inn as a down at heel wreck and spent two years bringing it up to the most exacting 21st century standards.
The Kilpeck Inn is situated in rolling countryside around ten miles from the county town of Hereford and has held an important role in the village of Kilpeck since it was opened as a small village pub called the Red Lion in around 1750.
It was built from stones ‘liberated’ from the nearby Kilpeck castle which was partly dismantled following the English Civil War in 1650.
The Red Lion closed in 2005, but villagers resisted attempts to obtain planning permission to turn it into a private house and the inn was then bought and extensively refurbished before being re-opened in May 2010.