Stockland inn on the market

A STOCKLAND inn landlord who tried to encourage residents to drink locally is selling up.

A STOCKLAND inn landlord who tried to encourage residents to drink locally is selling up.

Shaun Barnes, leaseholder at the King's Arms, said business was still good but he is looking for a new challenge.

He said: "I'm looking for somewhere with more letting rooms. I've been here and awful long time - as head chef for over six years and have had the lease for two. I'm looking for a new challenge, somewhere around the area."

The Kings Arms launched a campaign earlier in the year urging people not to 'let time be called' on their village pubs.

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Staff distributed posters in response to the recession and the tax increases on the price of pints.

Mr Barnes said the recession had hit all businesses and the campaign did not improve trade. But he said it may have helped prevent trade from worsening.

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He said: "I'm hoping it [the campaign] will continue after I'm gone. We're still trying to encourage local trade wherever we go."

The thatched building - a Grade II listed property dating back to around 1600 - has been placed on the market through agents Christie + Co.

Jon Clyne from the Exeter office of Christie + Co said: "The sale of the Kings Arms offers and exceptional opportunity to acquire a food-led country inn with letting accommodation in a superb part of East Devon, with strong trading figures and a great reputation for good food and drink, both locally and nationally. I would expect strong early interest.

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