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Renowned Brighton freehouse pub for sale

The Queensbury Arms in Brighton has come to market vua Christie & Co, for an asking price of £465k.

Formerly known as The Hole in the Wall, this two-storey wet-only pub dates back to 1837 when it was a fisherman’s haunt. With its classic two bar interior seating 30, it is one of the smallest pubs in the city and has featured in many national publications as one of the “must see” pubs in Brighton.

The Queensbury Arms is one of the few remaining freehold free houses in Brighton and is ideally located in Queensbury Mews near the seafront, Metropole Hotel and The Grand.

Since 1998, the business has been privately owned by Geoffrey Waters, a local businessman who has owned several pubs in the Brighton area. He has kept it well maintained to a high standard and has invested in extensively refurbishing the property.

In more recent years, Waters decided to semi-retire and move to Norfolk, but he retained this pub for a manager who has been with him throughout. Now, after 22 years, he has decided to sell as his manager is now looking to retire.

Over the years, the business has built up a good local and returning clientele, not just from Brighton but from around the country. It is well connected with the theatres, hotels, and conference trade as a welcome alternative to the standard city pub and hotel bars.

Simon Chaplin, Senior Director of Pubs & Restaurants at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, commented, “This is one of the classic pubs of Brighton, with nearly 200 years of history. It is also one of the few remaining freehold freehouse so close to the heart of the city, so we expect considerable interest from locals and further afield.”