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Greene King takes on the Village Inn in the Lake District


Popular food and beverage bar has been sold in exclusive off-market deal

The Village Inn Bar and Grill has been sold by commercial real estate specialists Colliers, for an undisclosed sum.

In the heart of the Lake District, just moments from Lake Windermere in Bowness, Windermere village, the award-winning Village Inn, which confidentially came to the market during the last year, is one of the most popular and recognised food and drink establishments in the area. The venue holds seating for 135, with an extensive and popular outdoor dining facility for up to 90 covers.

A Greene King spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to have completed the purchase of the Village Inn. We’re refurbishing the pub over the next few weeks and are aiming to have it back open again for the community as soon as possible. We look forward to announcing further details in due course.”

 The Village Inn is situated in a prime location on a road leading to the extremely popular Bowness Bay, which provides significant footfall to the reputable Lakeland hospitality business. 

Julian Troup, head of Hotels at Colliers said: “Our instructions were to proceed in a highly confidential manner and significant interest was soon generated in this iconic trading business. The positive level of interest follows a pattern of increasing demand for provincial UK hospitality businesses. Having sold 22 hotels and hospitality businesses in the Lakes in 2021, being a record number for us, this sale of the Village Inn is now the third hospitality business in the area we’ve sold in 2022. This continued volume of transactional activity demonstrates the continued domestic, private and corporate demand for ‘staycation’ locations throughout the UK.”

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Julian Troup

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I originally trained with a long established firm of Chartered Surveyors based in Manchester and have been working in the licensed, leisure and hotel property market since 1987. I joined Colliers in 2007 to head up our UK Corporate hotel operation. I was appointed Head of UK Hotel Agency during 2011.  Since the beginning of 2003 I have sold or acquired over 100 provincial hotels on behalf of clients of asking prices ranging from £1.2m to in excess of £20m.  In addition to the managerial responsibilities, I remain focused on handling larger private and corporate hotel transactions throughout the UK.

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

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