It’s been raided by the Press Gang, caught up in agricultural riots and boasts its very own ghost – but Colliers International aren’t anticipating too much bother selling Trouble House in Tetbury.
Now a charming, fully licensed café, bar and restaurant on the edge of the town, the 18th Century eatery is on the market at £650,000 for the freehold.
Hotels Director Peter Brunt said the café was handy for both locals and visitors who might be heading for Badminton, Gatcombe Park and Westonbirt.
“Unlike some of the neighbouring Cotswold hotspots Tetbury balances local, visitor and commercial trade.”
Situated on the main A433 Cirencester Road, Trouble House has bags of potential for the new owners.
“It is presently run fairly lightly as a limited hours café/bar/restaurant – but that’s not to say it couldn’t become a pub or a full blown restaurant in the future.”
The ground floor is divided into three trading areas with exposed beams, stripped wooden floor and open fireplaces with just over fifty covers. There is also a smart owners’ flat on the first floor comprising lounge, office, three double bedrooms and a bathroom.
Outside, there is a courtyard area and substantial gardens that can cater for a further 30 plus customers. Within this area, ‘Takeaway House’ is set up for takeaway food and drinks and is particularly popular in the summer months.
Peter Brunt said the property has had a fascinating history. “According to legend the Trouble House is mentioned as early as in 1777 before a spell as the Wagon and horses in 1856.
Many of the regulars were abducted by Press Gangs to fight in the American Revolution and it was caught up in the agricultural riots of 1830. The pub was purchased in the early 1930s by a Bristol businessman and it was at this time that the Trouble House alleged ghost, the 'Lady in Blue', first appeared.”
A Wadworth Brewery pub until 2013, the Trouble House was then purchased by current owners Tim and Sally David and operated with partners Mariusz and Monika Dziamski.
Peter Brunt takes up the story: “Our clients bought and completed an extensive refurbishment in January 2014. With so many options open to incomers, the business they have created looks set to be developed without too much trouble!