Award-winning Welsh pub where Gordon Ramsay has cooked is up for sale

One of Pembrokeshire's most celebrated pubs and restaurants has just been put on the market
-Credit: (Image: Christie & Co, London)


A popular 17th century pub with restaurant and bed and breakfast rooms in the pretty Pembrokeshire coastal village of Stackpole, close to the nationally renown Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, has been put on the market with Christie & Co with a price tag of £1.5m.

The Stackpole Inn is an award-winning establishment located on the main lane that meanders through the village and has been a popular destination for socialising, enjoying a meal, and staying in one of the four ensuite letting rooms for many years; a favourite of locals and tourists alike.

The pretty property is only a short walk from nearby Barafundle Bay, which was voted one of the best beaches in the world in 2017, plus a wider choice of stunning beaches such as Freshwater East and Manorbier, and a short driving distance to Tenby. The establishment is also near the National Trust's internationally important nature reserve and The Stackpole Centre - a theatre, conference and wedding venue. For more property stories sent to your inbox twice a week sign up to the property newsletter here.

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Grade II listed historic village pub nestled into a pretty coastal village
Grade II listed historic village pub nestled into a pretty coastal village -Credit:Christie & Co, London

Over the years owners Gary and Becky Evans and the team at The Stackpole Inn have won countless awards including Best Gastropub in Wales for the Great Pub Awards in 2011, The Best Pub and Bar in Wales in 2016, Best Food Experience Pembrokeshire in 2019, and finalists in the 2022 Pembrokeshire 'Eating Out' award.

On a national UK level specialist travel company Sawday's, which selects some of the finest places to eat and stay across the UK, named The Stackpole Inn as 'the best all-rounder' in 2018, and in 2021 the pub secured third spot in the 'best pub walks' in Wales and was at number seven within in the wider UK list, find out more about that here.

History of the property includes a former Post Office but since 2007 its been a popular place to socialise and stay
History of the property includes a former Post Office but since 2007 its been a popular place to socialise and stay -Credit:Christie & Co, London

In 2022 the inn's head chef Matt Waldron, a former mentee of the famous TV chef Gordon Ramsay, reunited with his teacher, after more than a decade, during the Hell's Kitchen star's three-part cooking show 'Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown' from National Geographic.

The episode, named 'Wales Tales', sent Ramsay on a trip to learn all he could about Welsh food, ingredients and cooking. At the end of the episode viewers watched on as Matt and Gordon entered into a 'cook-off' in a bid to see who was able to cook Welsh produce the best, find out more about that here.

The bar area of the award-winning pub that attracts local residents and tourists
The bar area of the award-winning pub that attracts local residents and tourists -Credit:Christie & Co, London

The sale of The Stackpole Inn was announced by owners Gary and Becky, who have been running and developing the establishment since 2007, on the Inn's official social media accounts on Sunday, June 23.

The post said: "We have come to the huge, and difficult, decision to put The Stackpole Inn on the market to sell. In a few weeks time we begin our 18th year at The Inn and during this long, and sometimes difficult, time we have tried to steer the business as best that we could to meet our dreams and aspirations as business holders. This has all been with the help, support and friendship of our amazing staff and suppliers over the years.

The dining area and restaurant can seat up to 76 people with more covers available in the garden
The dining area and restaurant can seat up to 76 people with more covers available in the garden -Credit:Christie & Co, London

"Our industry has always been one for rumours and gossip and I’ve lost count of the times that we have been told we’re selling, or buying somewhere else before now. We have always been of the mind that when we do decide, everyone will know, and that time has come. We are marketing the business through Christie and Co, and we would ask that any enquiries be made through our agents.

"We will continue to grow, develop and support the business during this process, however long it may take, but most of all want to thank all of you, our supporters, who have visited us, stayed with us, eat with us, week after week, year after year, you have made us what we are today, and we thank you."

The commercial kitchen run by Head Chef Matt Waldron
The commercial kitchen run by Head Chef Matt Waldron -Credit:Christie & Co, London

The selling agent details state that the ground floor of the establishment offers the dining area and restaurant that can seat up to 76 people served by the well appointed kitchen situated just behind the bar counter. There are also customer toilets including accessible facilities. Currently, the owners' accommodation of three bedrooms that includes the principal with an ensuite, a kitchen diner, living room, and bathroom, is on the first floor.

Wander outside to find a separate building at the rear, near the car park of 14 spaces, that offers four ensuite letting rooms, plus a private garden, office and storage. The agent also states that there is 'a large trade garden that offers 10 extra overs plus a walled terrace for outside dining to the rear'.

Before being known as The Stackpole Inn the property was called Armstrong Arms and was Grade II listed in 1970 by Cadw for being 'a cottage group modernised by Lord Cawdor in the early C19 to form part of the new village of Stackpole'.

The property comes with first floor owners' accommodation that includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen diner
The property comes with first floor owners' accommodation that includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen diner -Credit:Christie & Co, London

The listing states that the property used to be two cottages, one facing east and one facing south, and joined back-to-side. The south facing cottage became a Post Office and the east facing cottage became derelict until 'the property as a whole was converted into a Public House in around 1992'.

According to the selling agent the net turnover of the business was £1.12m year ending August 31, 2023 and full financial information is available on request, as is a full list of staff at the establishment. Business rates currently stand at £42,500, which equals an annual payment of £23,885, but the agent states that this is subject to change.

In a separate building there are four ensuite guest bed and breakfast rooms
In a separate building there are four ensuite guest bed and breakfast rooms -Credit:Christie & Co, London

Daily restaurant opening hours are 12.00-2:30 for lunch, 5:30-8.00pm for dinner. In the summer, the bar is open all day for drinks. Currently the inn is closed on Sunday evenings from October through to March. The agent states there might be scope to develop more letting accommodation either by converting the first-floor owners' accommodation or developing on the private garden, with both suggestions of course needing planning permission. The Stackpole Inn is now for sale for £1.5m with Christie & Co, call 020 7227 0700 to find out more.

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