A FREELANCE photographer has bought a popular pub near Glastonbury.

The Sheppey Inn has been owned by Mark Hey and Liz Chamberlain since 2010, and went up for sale last August, when the pair decided to relocate to Portugal.

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“When we purchased The Sheppey ten years ago it was in a sad and derelict condition, having lain empty and unloved for over two years," said Mr Hey.

"We were determined to bring the building and business back to life and feel very proud of what we have achieved.

"Through hard work, love and dedication, The Sheppey has grown into the iconic, environmentally friendly pub that it is today, with a reputation for showcasing local producers.

“We have been privileged to welcome through the doors the most amazing customers from far and wide, talented artists, musicians and DJ’s who have entertained us and given us some of the most memorable evenings.

"We have also been fortunate to have had some of the most hardworking, creative and committed staff who have followed us on this journey and achieved awards and recognition for The Sheppey. We would like to thank each and every one of you.”

The pub, which is in a 17th century former cider house, is in the Somerset Levels, four miles from Glastonbury and Wells.

It has been bought by freelance photographer, Ben Costigan, who lives in a neighbouring village and often visited the pub.

“My partner Tamsin and I bought The Sheppey Inn because we loved the quirky décor, relaxing ambiance and laid-back vibe, and we did not want to lose the local pub that we knew and loved to a buyer that may wish to change the current setup," he added.

"We will strive to keep The Sheppey the same pub that people know and love for the foreseeable future, with music nights, great food and its general eccentricity that makes the pub so fantastic.”

The pub was on the market for just under £1million with Christie & Co.

Nicholas Calfe, director in Christie & Co's hospitality team, said they had enquiries not just from Somerset, but from London and the South East as well.

"We sold the business to a local family who knew only too well of its success which they intend to carry on," he said.

"We wish Mark and Liz all the best with their move to the Algarve in Portugal and best of luck to Ben in carrying the business forward.”