Located in the Surrey Hills – around a mile from the A25 connecting the Mole Valley area with Dorking and Guildford - the pub’s leasehold was assigned to former Young’s general manager Marchant by real estate advisor Savills on behalf of a private vendor.
The Abinger Hatch, parts of which date back to the 17th century, features an open plan bar and restaurant which can accommodate up to 90 seated customers as well as a further 200 in its large gardens.
The property’s first floor houses seven staff bedrooms, while a detached barn in the pub’s grounds has historic planning consent for six en-suite bedrooms for guests.
Marchant commented: “My wife and I are incredibly excited to be taking over ownership of The Abinger Hatch, which we want to put back at the heart of the community. We want to put local produce at the forefront of the menu and create a warm, welcoming environment for locals and guests from further afield. We’re excited to also make The Abinger Hatch our home and we have exciting plans for the future of the pub.”
Marchant stepped into the general manager role at Young’s in spring 2016, having previously worked at Mitchells and Butlers, staying with the pubco for more than a year and a half before taking over the Abinger Hatch.
Chris Bickle, licensed leisure director at Savills, added: “The Abinger Hatch is a quintessentially British country pub and the sale attracted good interest from a variety of parties, demonstrating the demand for established food-led, free-of-tie properties in Surrey. We are pleased to have secured its next chapter with the assignment of the lease to Bradley and Charlotte.”