The building occupied by Pepper Dining is to become a Thai restaurant.

Thai restaurant to open in Uckfield

A Thai restaurant is to open in Uckfield. It is taking over premises vacated by Pepper Dining in the High Street.

Lawson Commercial has sold the lease of the building at numbers 95-99. The fully-fitted 65-seater restaurant is one of the larger restaurant premises in town.

There is 1,325 sq ft of restaurant area, a kitchen of 254 sq ft and additional basement storage.

The lease includes a self-contained flat with two/three bedrooms with access from the rear and there’s private car parking which exits into the free shoppers’ car park in Regency Close meaning there is plenty of car parking available close by.

Substantial price

Lawson Commercial partner Chris Lawson says the premises were held on a 20-year lease from 2006 at a rent of just under £30,000 a year, and a substantial price was paid for the leasehold interest, fixtures and fittings.

He added: “We had to be very discreet about the marketing of this property because the client did not want his staff and customers to find out about its availability, thus we were not able to use photos on the website or in adverts.

“The client adopted a flexible attitude so we did not have to sell it as an Indian restaurant. We therefore deliberately targeted people who specialised in Thai and Chinese cuisine as we don’t have a large restaurant offering that sort of dining in Uckfield.

Eastbourne-based company

“I am pleased to say that a cold mailshot proved its worth and we were able to introduce a company based in Eastbourne, with a number of Thai restaurant interests, and who have successfully acquired the lease.

“They will be opening as a Thai restaurant in about two months time following an extensive refit.

Mr Lawson said: “The have a very good reputation with their other restaurants and should provide a very welcome addition to Uckfield.”

• Contact details for Lawson Commercial can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Commercial Estate Agents, or Commercial Property Management.

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