Freehold deal for landlord

A MUCH visited Scarborough pub has been bought by its landlord of nine years.

Keith Dufton, who runs the Old Scalby Mills with his partner Shirlie Stone, has bought the freehold to the property, at an asking price of £375,000.

The move to buy the pub is something Mr Dufton has wanted to do since getting the lease for the business in April 2003.

He said: “I love it here predominantly because of where it is, it is the most beautiful place to live.

“I have been trying to buy it over the years, however whenever it has come on the market another pub company has snatched it up.

“However the breweries are retreating, and are selling pubs rather than acquiring them, so I was able to buy it eventually.

“We are now looking forward to continuing to build the business, and develop more of a night trade.”

The pub is a 17th Century former windmill.

A spokesman for agent Christie & Co, which dealt with the sale, said: “Due to its unique location and characteristics, the property attracted lots of interest as soon as it was placed on the market, and multiple bids were received.

“This sale demonstrates our findings that, even in this more difficult economic climate, there are quality buyers.”