Four Norfolk pubs trading under the name of Marco Pierre White are up for sale

The Chequers Inn in Thornham, with Marco Pierre White. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Chequers Inn in Thornham, with Marco Pierre White. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

Four Norfolk pubs that were trading under the name of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White have been put up for sale.

Wayford Bridge Inn.

Wayford Bridge Inn. - Credit: Archant © 2006

Leisure property specialist Fleurets is advertising The Lifeboat Inn and The Chequers, both at Thornham, The Bridge Inn at Acle and Wayford Bridge Inn at Wayford Bridge.

They are being offered collectively or as individual purchases on the instructions of the joint administrator of Defiance Inns Property UK Limited, Victory Inns Property UK Limited, Agamemnon Inns Property UK Limited, Minotaur Inns Property UK Limited and Horatio Inns Limited.

The news is the latest part of a waiting game for staff at the four pubs, whose futures have been in the balance since they went into administration last year.

They were part of Horatio Inns Limited, of which the television chef is listed as a director.

The Bridge Inn at Acle. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The Bridge Inn at Acle. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

At the time that they went into administration Nick Cropper, of Zolfo Cooper, confirmed all the pubs, which he described as 'popular venues with a healthy number of bookings', would continue to trade.

He said administrators had been appointed as a result of the businesses experiencing 'short-term cash flow problems arising from the recent challenging economic environment'.

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Mr White acquired the pubs when he bought the Maypole Group, based at Wayford Bridge, in 2011.

At the time, staff expressed excitement and a spokesman for Mr White said he intended to run the new venture 'from the team involved to the artwork on the wall, with every dish on the menu being his own creation'.

The Lifeboat Inn at Thornham.

The Lifeboat Inn at Thornham. - Credit: Archant

? The Lifeboat Inn is a 16th century building with 13 en-suite letting bedrooms, a 70-cover restaurant, with views across the salt marshes to the North Sea.

? The Chequers Inn is a grade two-listed mid/late 17th century property with a 70-cover restaurant, 12 en-suite letting bedrooms, a separate cottage and a studio.

? Wayford Bridge Inn has 15 en-suite letting bedrooms, a 120-cover restaurant, and grounds of 1.86 acres in the Norfolk Broads National Park.

? The Bridge Inn has 140 covers and 200+ external covers. There are 12 riverside boat moorings and extensive gardens.

Simon Jackaman of Fleurets said: 'I believe that these four properties represent some of the best businesses to have come on to the open market on the Norfolk coast and Broadland area for some time.'

? Call Simon Jackaman or Bob Whittle on 01787 378050 or visit www.fleurets.com

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