Chef owner sells Wiltshire country inn and restaurant to growing family business

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A country coaching inn in Wiltshire has been sold to a growing family-owned hospitality group in the region, who is already set on expansion.

Chef owner John Harrington has sold The Bell & Crown in Zeals, Wiltshire to the Davids family who have been in the country pub market for almost a year and have plans to add six bedrooms to the property following the acquisition.

The Bell & Crown retains the characteristics of its past as a former coaching inn with its flagstone floors and large open fireplaces.

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The Davids family will now shut the pub for eight weeks to give the building a facelift, with work to begin upstairs to create the bedrooms, taking the historic business ‘back to its initial purpose’.

Ethan Davids comments: “My sister and I were born above a pub, so you could say that hospitality runs in our blood! We’ve been in the market for a country pub for nearly a year now, and the Bell & Crown’s characterful charm, prominent nature and excellent location on the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border meant it was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”

Once the project is complete, the new business will be managed by Ethan.

Nicholas Calfe, director at Christie & Co, handled the sale and comments: “It was pleasure handling the sale for John and Lyn Harrington who I have known for many years and I do wish them all the best in the future. I am really excited by the new owners’ plans to transform the Bell & Crown and having dropped by to wish them well, I can see that work is well under way.”

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