One of the best-known destination pubs on the south-east coast, the Golden Galleon at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, has been sold to national pub operator Mitchells & Butlers. The sale means the closureof the adjoining micro-brewery which opened eight years ago to supply cask ales to the pub. The last brew came out of the brewery a few weeks ago and the plant has been sold to independent brewer Harveys of nearby Lewes. The sale of the Golden Galleon, set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, represents the end of an era for owner Stefano Diella who bought the pub from Courage as sitting tenant in the early 1990s but has been involved with the business for close on 17 years. The business turns over in excess of £1.2m per year and is generally accepted to enjoy one of the most breathtaking views on the south-east coast in an area popular with film makers. M&B said the Golden Galleon will close in mid-January for an extensive development scheme which will see it converted into one of its Vintage Inns pubs.