Bushey’s highest rated restaurant on Tripadvisor has gone up for auction, with the owner set to retire, according to the listing.

St James Restaurant in Bushey High Street has been placed on the market with a £750,000 starting bid.

Since opening in 1997, the modern gastro-dining restaurant has attracted a 4.5/5 score from 800 reviews on Tripadvisor and the same rating from 371 Google reviews.

The listing for the freehold describes the auction offer as a “fantastic freehold opportunity to purchase an existing trading restaurant”.

“A genuine retirement sale, the restaurant has boasted being one of the highest rated restaurants in the area on Tripadvisor for multiple years,” it added.

Watford Observer: St James, Bushey High Street.St James, Bushey High Street. (Image: Google Street View)

It is also described as a “fantastic development opportunity”. However, the upper floors are not included in the sale as they have apparently already ben sold off on a long leasehold.

The bidding is set to last 27 days, although the auction will stay open until there has not been a bid within the final 10 minutes.

St James Restaurant has been contacted for comment.