Award-winning Margate pub The London Tavern is up for sale

The London Tavern

An award-winning Margate craft beer pub is on the property market.

The freehold for The London Tavern in Addington Street is on offer for £525,000 through agents Sidney Phillips.

The bar has been run by Carl and Nancy Hilliard since 2016 when they bought the building and set about transforming it.

Carl and Nancy previously owned Ales of the Unexpected in Westgate and  sold that business, putting every penny they had into the renovations of The London Tavern.

Last year the boozer was crowned Pub of the Year for Thanet by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

Joe, Nancy and Carl at the London Tavern

They won the ‘Beer Oscar’ for everything from having a rustic ‘art gallery’ design by Joe Bradley, top food from head chef Joe Mullane, obviously great beer and an all round brilliant atmosphere.

The pub is also popular for a range of unusual beers, including the Barista Stout and a range of Belgian beers with flavours including cherry, peach and blackcurrant, and for regular food nights.

Groups, including a poetry club, also use the venue.

But last year Nancy had to undergo a brain operation and then, shortly after that, she lost her mum.

Although the operation was successful Nancy still suffers headaches so the pair have decided to sell up.

Carl said: “We are now looking to relocate to Deal and want to try and relax a bit more. It would be great if the tavern went to a local person who would take it forward. It should remain a pub.”

It is business as usual until any sale goes through.

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