A POPULAR pub is on the market after owner wants to spend more time with young and growing family.

The Heart of Northumberland, Hexham is up for sale for £595,000 by the specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

The historic Grade II listed pub was given a new lease of life in 2015 and returned to its former glory after being closed for years by Alan Philipson.

Now, the pub has a superb reputation locally, across the north of England and even gained national recognition in 2018 after being voted Runner-Up in the Observer Food Magazine Awards as Best Place To Drink and more recently it was found to be the eighth Cosiest Pub in the UK.

Situated just off the Market Place on the very pretty Market Street, in the affluent an extremely desirable market town of Hexham, the pub forms part of a long-established licensed, leisure and retail circuit. 

It is also known for being a place to relax, socialise and celebrate with friends and family with something for everyone, even the dog.

Now, nine years later, Alan would like to pass on the popular pub to someone else while he spends more time with his family.

Alan said: “I’m very proud of what the team and I have created here at the Heart over the last 9 years. We have a superb reputation locally and we’re very well used by visitors coming to the area in this booming, tourist location.

"I now have a growing, young family I want to spend more time with and focus on some different projects and interests in the future”.

David Cash, regional director at Christie & Co said: “The Heart is a brilliant example of an independently run freehouse which holds itself to impeccable standards. Freehold opportunities like this in such strong trading locations rarely come to market and there is strong appetite from regional and national pub companies as well as local entrepreneurs looking to run pubs, so I suspect we’ll have early interest from a multitude of buyers.

"The freehold property is being sold along with the well-performing and profitable, going-concern business and so staff and customers should be reassured of the pubs future.”