A Torrington pub which used to be the town’s railway station is on the market.

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Many buildings purport to have a history, heritage and a story behind them, but surely many cannot match the stories and history that could be told about one of the latest instructions with commercial and business specialists JD Commercial.

The Puffing Billy, just outside Great Torrington, has a history that starts back in 1870 when it was constructed as a two platform station.

The first train ran in 1871 and sadly the last in 1983, between which times the line was used for both passengers and freight traffic.

In more recent times the premises has been operated as a cafe/tea room taking advantage of both its road frontage location as well as position along the popular Tarka Trail, making it ideal for either daytime, evening trade or both.

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Internally there are many, many features from its days as a station, including the original Station Master’s door and main restaurant which was formerly the platform.

The public areas are currently configured to provide covers for circa 80, with further covers within the tea garden, ideal for those wishing to rest their legs from cycling or walking along the Tarka Line.

At present there are three lettings bedrooms at first floor level but this area could be easily reinstated as an owners’ flat, with further roof space to convert existing office/storage rooms.

Agents JD Commercial urges interested parties to view soon, as it finds cafe and tea room operations do tend to go quite quickly.

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JD Commercial is quoting £65,000 for the leasehold interest. They can be contacted on 01237 424053 or via www.jd-commercial.co.uk.