The picture postcard Horse & Groom pub in North Oxfordshire has been put on the market with sector specialists Colliers International.

The Grade II listed property in Caulcott near Bicester is a classic English real ale and good food pub and is priced at £325,000 freehold.

Hotels director Peter Brunt, who has sold a clutch of pubs and hotels across middle England this year, is well acquainted with the Horse & Groom having originally sold it to top chef Jerome Prigent.

He said: “Sadly Jerome’s partner died and he has now re-married. Although he carried on working hard to establish the business he is understandably intent on moving on to a new project.”

With its creamy limestone walls,  huge inglenook fireplace and thatched roof, the Horse & Groom dates back to the early 18th century   and is the epitome of a classic English country pub.

Voted CAMRA Pub of the Year 2010 for North Oxfordshire and praised as a ‘real gem’ by the  Good Beer Guide 2011, the Horse & Groom includes  characterful bar and restaurant facilities. 
Peter Brunt went on: “This is a perfect pub for a couple to run as it makes good profits. It is set in beautiful countryside  on a well-known cross-country route running west from Bicester.
“For those with ambition to increase the trade considerably there is probably scope (subject to usual consents) to expand the restaurant area into the rear yard.”
Owners’ accommodation consists of a suite of rooms including a living room at ground floor level   and two en suite double bedrooms on the first floor.
Peter Brunt, who has brokered the vast majority of deals in the area in 2012 and 2013, concluded:  “There is no doubt the Horse & Groom will attract attention as in addition to its look and location it offers the potential for further growth. After a busy 2013 and with a  strong list of buyers I am on the lookout for new businesses to offer to the market.”