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Weston-super-Mare pub put up for sale

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 September 2017

Giovanni Ferrari is selling The Old Stable so he can retire.

Giovanni Ferrari is selling The Old Stable so he can retire.

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One of Weston’s longest-serving landlords has put the town centre pub he has owned for 40 years up for sale with a price tag of almost £240,000.

The Old Stable, in Wadham Street, has been owned by Giovanni Ferrari since the late 1970s.

He moved from the Italian city of Genoa 45 years ago before heading to Weston where he spent thousands of pounds transforming the building both inside and out.

He originally opened an Italian restaurant, called La Stalla, on the building’s first floor before closing it to focus more on the pub side of the business.

But at the age of 74, Mr Ferrari, who lives in Cheddar, is retiring to spend more time with his children and grandchildren.

He said: “I have been here now for 40 years – I am the oldest landlord in town.

“It (the building) was just nothing. When I took this on it was a bottling house and stable.

“It has been all redone but I have not touched the outside. I spent quite a bit of money.

“I decided I have had enough – I did quite a lot.

“I am very sad to leave, but my children said it is enough and I have got grandchildren as well.”

Although Mr Ferrari hopes the building will continue to be used as a pub, he is particularly keen to see the building’s exterior remain as it is.

He also paid tribute to his loyal customers and revealed he will always ‘love’ The Old Stable.

He added: “I would like it to be used as a pub, but inside they can do whatever they like.

“The customers are still coming and have been for years and years.

“I will always still love this place.”

The ‘quintessential’ property is being marketed by David Plaister, and has been valued at £239,550.

As well as the pub and former restaurant space, the building includes a kitchen, male and female toilets, and a cellar.

A description on the estate agent’s website says: “A quintessential old public house, the space retains period charm and character throughout with exposed ceiling beams.

“The ground floor arranged as a main bar area and the first floor arranged as a restaurant with approximately 60 covers and kitchens.

“This superb space could suit a variety of uses, subject to the appropriate building regulation and planning consents being granted.”

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