Sale of Holy Island pub is heavenly opportunity for beer pilgrims

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The Crown and Anchor is one of England’s hardest-to-reach inns with the causeway to the mainland only accessible at low tide

It is not the most obvious location for a thriving pub: the site is cut off by the tide twice a day and the locals are soul-searchers hoping to find the meaning of life in the bible rather than at the bottom of a pint glass.

But for well over a century the Crown and Anchor on Holy Island has fed and watered its less abstemious visitors. From the beer garden, patrons can sip a lager or wine and admire the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, the home of early Celtic Christianity, and monitor archeologists excavating a 7th-century church.

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