AN ENGLISH country inn in Willaston is on the market.

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has been instructed to sell the Garde II-listed Pollards Inn, nestled in the heart of Willaston.

It comes as the owner put the inn up for sale 'with a heavy heart'.

The inn, a former barn built in 1637, has been lovingly refurbished over the years and comprises a bar, conservatory, and dining areas for up to 68 covers.

Pollards Inn boasts a function space for up to 80 guests, named the 'Room at the Inn.' It also offers five country-style letting bedrooms on the first floor and a one bedroom, self-contained flat for owner's accommodation.

Additionally, the site benefits from an outside space which provides a garden area with seating for over 100 covers, a children's play area, a private field for outdoor functions and parking for 38 vehicles.

Current owner, village resident Jamie Kimpton, said: "Pollards Inn has been an important part of our lives for the past seven years, providing myself and my family with a fine standard of living.

"It's with a heavy heart that I am selling in order to pursue other interests, but I do so with the comfort that someone will take Pollards Inn to the next level."

Tom O'Malley, senior agent at Christie & Co's Manchester office, added: "Pollards Inn is a fantastic pub with an enviable reputation for its dining experience.

"There is huge potential by increasing the size of its conservatory to provide a further 40 covers and by pushing the function side of the business. As a result of its popular location, we expect to see a good level of interest."

Christie & Co is seeking an asking price of £165,000 for the leasehold interest with an annual rent of £65,000.