Pub on market after decades in family

Pete Unden who is retiring as landlord of the Seven Sisters public house in Seaford.  E09073N

Pete Unden who is retiring as landlord of the Seven Sisters public house in Seaford. E09073N

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A PUB which has been in a family for decades has gone on the market after the current owner decided to call last orders.

Peter Unden took over the running of the Seven Sisters in 1979. His family moved to the area and his father Bertie took it over in 1951 until his death in 1972.

Mr Unden then helped his mother pour pints and carried on the family tradition once she passed away.

The pub, based in Alfriston Road, includes a lounge bar, dining area, public bar and children’s room and the leasehold for the popular pub is up for grabs.

The venue also has a separate function room and five bedrooms on the second and third floors, along with a beer garden and children’s play area outside.

Mr Unden said, “It’s been a very good pub. It was initially a hotel which used to service the local prep schools.

“We had commercial reps stay here and people going across the Cross Channel before the roll on and roll off started.

“It was around the late 60s it ceased being a hotel and around 1987, just around the time my mother died we refurbished the interior and made it the way it is today.”

The 65-year-old is looking forward to retiring and enjoying some freedom after working seven days a week.

He said that the friendship of customers had been a highlight of the pub trade and added, “It’s been hard work and seven days a week, but it’s been rewarding.

“I think more pubs are now looking at food to sustain the business. I think for the future that’s the way forward.”

Elsewhere in the town The Old Boot Inn, which has a bar, dining areas and a courtyard, is also on the market as a freehold.

The sale includes the investment of a hair and beauty salon.

Both pubs are on the market with specialist licensed property agent Fleurets and regarding the Old Boot Inn a spokesman said, “We’re acting on behalf of the receivers for the Old Boot Inn, it’s being sold as a growing concern, it’s open and operational and trading well.

“Included in the sale is a beauty salon and a vacant barber’s shop as an additional investment.

“We’ve had an encouraging amount of interest from established operators.”