Owners call time as pub goes up for sale

Owner Colin Crawford outside The Finch's Arms
Owner Colin Crawford outside The Finch's Arms

A couple have called time at the bar after running a popular pub for 16 years and more than two decades in the industry.

Colin and Celia Crawford have owned The Finch’s Arms, which is located on the Hambleton Peninsula of Rutland Water, since 1997.

For the past seven years the couple have undertaken a consultancy role with the day-to-day running of the pub overseen by a management team.

Colin and Celia have seen turnover grow from £300,000 to more than £1.3 m since they took over.

The couple are now retiring from the pub industry after 26 years.

Colin said: “Celia and I have loved our time at The Finch’s Arms and are proud of its success and popularity.

“It has achieved a great reputation for its food and drink, as well as accommodation and we are confident that the new owner can continue its success.

“After 26 years in the industry we believe it is the right time to retire and look forward to passing The Finch’s Arms over to new owners.”

The pub, which is a country inn dating back to 1790, was originally owned by the Finch family, who own Burley-on-the-Hill estate.

The freehold of the pub, which has 10 en-suite bedrooms, with a 110 cover restaurant, is for sale for offers in excess of £2m through the Nottingham office of national licensed property specialists Davey and Co.

Colin and Celia have added a number of new facilities during their time at the pub, including a lounge bar with beams and two open fireplaces, as well as a seperate wine bar area. There is also an outside seating terrace which overlooks Rutland Water.

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