Award-win­ning pub ready to be sold to in­de­pen­dent chain

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A PUB once la­belled the best ale­house in Bri­tain is set to be sold.

Sand­ford Park Ale­house owner Grant Cook hopes a deal agreed with the Burli­son Inns Group will go through in Septem­ber.

The High Street pub, which used to be gay night­club EXS, was taken over in 2013 by self-pro­claimed “beer en­thu­si­ast” Mr Cook.

It won the CAMRA na­tional pub of the year award in 2015.

But last year Mr Cook put it up for sale, say­ing it was due to “long-term health is­sues”.

He added that he was in no rush to sell and hoped to find an owner who was also pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing Bri­tain’s in­de­pen­dent brew­eries.

It seems he has now de­cided that the Burli­son Inns Group fits the bill.

Writ­ing on the pub’s Face­book page, he said: “We be­lieve that the Sand­ford Park Ale­house will fit into the Burli­son Inns Group with­out sub­stan­tial al­ter­ations.

“All cur­rent staff will have the op­tion to trans­fer to the buy­ing com­pany.

“I in­tend to re­lo­cate to Lon­don. “I would like to thank our reg­u­lar cus­tomers for your sup­port since our open­ing in 2013.

“Many a pint has been en­joyed and many friend­ships made. I sin­cerely hope that you con­tinue to en­joy the pub after I have moved on.

“Look out for events to mark an end of an era for us all.”

Talk­ing to the Glouces­ter­shire Echo, Mr Cook said he planned to sell the pub partly be­cause of health rea­sons.

He said he did not want to talk about the other rea­sons.

He said he planned to re­tire and as his wife worked in Lon­don, they would be buy­ing a fam­ily home there.

He added that he hoped the pub would stay largely the same after his de­par­ture, say­ing: “The buy­ing com­pany is a small­ish in­de­pen­dent chain with a good rep­u­ta­tion for real ales.”

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