Pub group J D Wetherspoon is planning to turn the The Wellington Hotel in Minehead into a pub with letting rooms after purchasing it last week.
The 25-bedroom Somerset hotel, which has been run by the same operator for 23 years, includes a 100-cover restaurant, two public bars, a karaoke bar and a separate nightclub and exchanged hands for an undisclosed sum of around £2m.
Michael Easton of Christie & Co, Exeter, the agent in charge of the sale, said: "Having owned the business for the past 23 years, the vendor is now looking at opportunities overseas. The Wellington Hotel is a well organised and highly profitable business and is particularly well supported by the local community. A J D Wetherspoon outlet is perfect for the location and I am sure it will be a benefit to the town.”
J D Wetherspoon opened its first pub in the UK in 1979 and its latest purchase will push the number of them up to 708.