Pub and restaurant opportunities up for grabs as owners look to sell

PUB RESIDENTS (TOP L-R) ROB BARKER JENNY PILE MARTIN CULL (BOTTOM L-R) OLIVER HUNTSMAN AND WITEK MINTOWT-CZYZ WHO BOUGHT THEIR LOCAL VILLAGE PUB ARE JOINED BY MANGERESS JAMIE-LEE CORNISH (DOORWAY) AT THE ANGEL INN IN GROSMONT NEAR ABERGAVENNY(6371041)

(6371031)PUB RESIDENTS (L-R) ROB BARKER WITEK MINTOWT-CZYZ JENNY PILE MARTIN CULL AND OLIVER HUNTSMAN WHO BOUGHT THEIR LOCAL VILLAGE PUB THE ANGEL INN IN GROSMONT NEAR ABERGAVENNY

First published in News

REGULARS who bought their Gwent country watering hole nine years ago, amid fears it would be taken over by a pub chain, have put it up for sale.

And one of Newport’s most popular restaurants – Junction 28 – is also on the market, with the current owner deciding to sell up due to health problems.

Six locals in the village of Grosmont, near Abergavenny, forked out £250,000 to buy The Angel Inn in 2005, because they feared it would either be shut because of falling trade, or be taken over by a chain.

Surgeons Witek Mintowt-Czyz and Gareth Thomas, nurse Jenny Pile, builders Martin Cull and Rob Barker, and venture capitalist Oliver Huntsman wanted to keep their community pub.

They put The Angel Inn pub back at the centre of village life and within months business was booming – but it is now back on the market with agent Sidney Phillips for £245,000 freehold.

The brochure reads: “Our clients, a group of local residents, acquired the premises in order to secure its future some seven years ago.

“They have run the premises under management and have embarked on a programme of maintenance and refurbishment in order to ensure the pub’s future.

“Having done this, they now wish to offer the premises for sale to those wishing to pursue a career in the pub trade, in order that the premises will continue to be at the heart of village life.”

The pub made sales of £195,000 last year and the owners anticipate that in the right hands this could grow considerably.

The sale is subject to a restrictive covenant whereby the property can only be used as a public house.

When the regulars bought the pub, the Campaign for Real Ale encouraged other villagers in the UK to do likewise, in an effort to preserve country pubs.

The Argus attempted to contact the owners but no-one was available to comment.

Meanwhile in Newport, the battle scars from a 15-year rugby career, and the subsequent impact upon his health, are the driving force behind 69-year-old Richard Wallace’s decision to sell Junction 28.

The former Bristol rugby union player and Wales rugby league international has owned the restaurant at Bassaleg for more than 20 years – he co-owns it with chef Jon West – during which period it has thrived.

Last year Mr Wallace sold the Llanwenarth Hotel just outside Abergavenny, as the physical strain of running the hotel became too much, due to mobility problems caused by what he described at the time as his old rugby injuries “coming home to roost.”

Now his health problems have prompted the sale of Junction 28, which is being placed freehold on the market for £875,000 by specialist property adviser Christie and Company.

“Under Richard Wallace and Jon West’s stewardship, Junction 28 has become an established, popular and highly profitable restaurant business in South Wales,” said Christie and Company’s Nicholas Calfe, who said the sale provides “an ideal business opportunity” for an experienced operator.

“We hope we can send Richard off to a well-deserved, long and happy retirement with a quick sale,” said Mr Calfe.

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5:10pm Wed 21 May 14

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk says...

Newport city council keep the pub and the restaurant and open metro station.
At rear only thinking ?.That is Bassaleg station put back for the community ?
Newport city council keep the pub and the restaurant and open metro station. At rear only thinking ?.That is Bassaleg station put back for the community ? Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk
  • Score: -14

6:31pm Wed 21 May 14

Independentvoter says...

" Witold Jozef Mintowt Czyz"
" Witold Jozef Mintowt Czyz" Independentvoter
  • Score: -3

10:40pm Wed 21 May 14

Ian MacKinlay says...

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org
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wrote:
Newport city council keep the pub and the restaurant and open metro station.
At rear only thinking ?.That is Bassaleg station put back for the community ?
What does that mean?
[quote][p][bold]Campaign for better transport/Swites.org .uk[/bold] wrote: Newport city council keep the pub and the restaurant and open metro station. At rear only thinking ?.That is Bassaleg station put back for the community ?[/p][/quote]What does that mean? Ian MacKinlay
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Wed 21 May 14

Floppy backed says...

Crikey Junction 28 should of closed 10 years ago its been dreadful and tired for so long I'm surprised he still owns it. The deco has been the same since it opened and think the menu has too. I remember when it was 'dead posh' proper good food for had some terrible meals there over the last couple of visits.

The price just over three quarter million struth! the land is probably worth that but the building isnt and lets face it unless its a 'two for one' pub there arent many restaurateurs in this area willing to take on a fical business like this.

I can see a planning application going in for residential development in no time.
Crikey Junction 28 should of closed 10 years ago its been dreadful and tired for so long I'm surprised he still owns it. The deco has been the same since it opened and think the menu has too. I remember when it was 'dead posh' proper good food for had some terrible meals there over the last couple of visits. The price just over three quarter million struth! the land is probably worth that but the building isnt and lets face it unless its a 'two for one' pub there arent many restaurateurs in this area willing to take on a fical business like this. I can see a planning application going in for residential development in no time. Floppy backed
  • Score: 8

12:55pm Thu 22 May 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Floppy backed wrote:
Crikey Junction 28 should of closed 10 years ago its been dreadful and tired for so long I'm surprised he still owns it. The deco has been the same since it opened and think the menu has too. I remember when it was 'dead posh' proper good food for had some terrible meals there over the last couple of visits.

The price just over three quarter million struth! the land is probably worth that but the building isnt and lets face it unless its a 'two for one' pub there arent many restaurateurs in this area willing to take on a fical business like this.

I can see a planning application going in for residential development in no time.
Exactly.
Most owners are desperate to get rid of these businesses.
Look on the website that deals in selling pubs to see how many there are on there.
It is very difficult to make money in the catering trade these days what with all the overheads.
VAT, Corporation Tax, NI, wages, gas and electric, rent and rates etc etc, means there is very little left at the end of the day to even pay yourself as an owner anything.
It is a massive task to make anything resembling a good living out of these types of business anymore and the long hours and effort you have to put in for very little reward, it is just not worth it.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: Crikey Junction 28 should of closed 10 years ago its been dreadful and tired for so long I'm surprised he still owns it. The deco has been the same since it opened and think the menu has too. I remember when it was 'dead posh' proper good food for had some terrible meals there over the last couple of visits. The price just over three quarter million struth! the land is probably worth that but the building isnt and lets face it unless its a 'two for one' pub there arent many restaurateurs in this area willing to take on a fical business like this. I can see a planning application going in for residential development in no time.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Most owners are desperate to get rid of these businesses. Look on the website that deals in selling pubs to see how many there are on there. It is very difficult to make money in the catering trade these days what with all the overheads. VAT, Corporation Tax, NI, wages, gas and electric, rent and rates etc etc, means there is very little left at the end of the day to even pay yourself as an owner anything. It is a massive task to make anything resembling a good living out of these types of business anymore and the long hours and effort you have to put in for very little reward, it is just not worth it. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 6

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