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3 bedroom pub for sale



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Tenure: Leasehold



18th Century village inn situated close to Delamere Forest and the town of Northwich in beautiful Cheshire.

Bar Area (circa 25 + standing) with Bar Servery.

Delightful Lounge / Dining Area (circa 62 covers) with real feature fireplace and beamed ceiling.

Three bed owners' accommodation.

Large car park (circa 60); Rear Patio Area (circa 20); Beer Garden with picnic benches and Children's Play Area.

Advised turnover circa 310,263 (incl. VAT) year-end February 2016.

Trade split is approx. 50% wet / 50% food.

Excellent opportunity for a new fully focussed hands-on business partnership with a passion for food.

Partially tied renewable lease.



This charming and traditional inn is situated in the parish and village of Acton Bridge close to the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. This is an idyllic and affluent location close to Delamere Forest, Marbury Park and The Anderton Boat lift in the heart of the beautiful unspoilt county of Cheshire, providing a superb lifestyle. The village is close to the town of Northwich, within easy reach of the old Roman City of Chester and many adjacent desirable villages with a high disposable income. Delamere Forest attracts a huge number of visitors annually with its fantastic countryside, summer concerts and award-winning outdoor adventure activity centre Go-Ape! It is a destination for pony trekkers, cyclists, fishing enthusiasts, walkers and holiday makers. There are a superb range of local attractions including Arley Hall & Gardens, Tatton Park, Anderton Boat Lift, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere Forest, Chester Zoo, Outlet Village, Ellesmere Port, Nunsmere Hall, Cotebrook Shirehorse Centre, Blakemere Craft Centre, Oulton Park Racing Circuit, and Black Prince Narrowboats etc.
The inn is located just off the main A49 trunk road, approximately 5 miles from junction 10 of the M56 motorway, and close to the Acton Bridge train station (Liverpool to London line),


This destination inn is of brick construction under a pitched slate roof. The building is thought to date back to the 1700's. The inn has a rustic, homely charm providing a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
The Lounge / Dining Area (circa 62 covers) has a lovely ambiance with exposed roof rafters, two olde-worlde brick fireplaces with brasses, and a wooden bar servery. The room is carpeted and furnished with dark wood tables, chairs and upholstered perimeter seating.
The Bar (circa 25 + standing) features a carpeted floor, open brick fireplace, darts throw, loose dark wood chairs, stools, tables and upholstered perimeter seating. There is access to the central bar servery.
Ladies and Gents W.C.s.
There is a well-equipped Catering Kitchen (appliances not tested) with a private storage yard, vegetable preparation area and garage with additional storage facilities. There is an old lower-ground floor cellar currently used as a utility area.


The owner's accommodation is situated on the 1st and 2nd floors and briefly comprises: fitted kitchen with dining area, lounge / dining room, family bathroom and three double bedrooms (1 en-suite).


To the rear of the building is a paved patio area with floral displays and white patio furniture for circa 20. There is a grassed beer garden with a wooden children's playground. To the rear of this is further land used by the pigeon club and to house some poultry.
There is a car park for circa 60 cars.


We are advised that the business trades with the benefit of the Premises Licence (not seen) which permits the sale of alcohol during the hours of:
Mon - Wed 11.30am to 11pm
Thurs - Sat 11.30am to 11.30pm
Sunday 11.30am to 10.30pm

Current opening hours are:
Mon - Thurs 11.30am to 3pm; 5.30pm to 11pm
Fri, Sat 11.30am to 3pm; 5.30pm to 11.30pm
Sunday 11.30am to 3pm; 6pm to 10.30pm

NB. Important. Prospective purchasers wishing to continue to operate the public house should ensure that they gain the APLH Qualification in readiness for their intended operation of the Public House.


The business is offered for sale as a lease assignment with approximately 5 years remaining of the Punch Tavern's 15 year full repairing and insuring, renewable agreement. We are advised that the inn is tied for beers and ciders only. We are informed that the rent is currently circa 26,000 per annum to be reviewed in 2017. We are advised that at the end of the term, the Lease (not seen by Guy Simmonds) should be renewable with no further premium - subject to the provision of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.
We are advised that the inn benefits from all mains services (no services seen or tested).
Business rates payable are advised as currently being circa 9,567 per annum.


The current owners purchased the business 25 years ago and after 38 years in the trade are now planning a well-earned retirement. Due to ill-health, one of the vendors has been running the inn single-handedly with part-time chefs and other staff.
They have established a solid trading foundation offering good quality food and wine. This destination inn attracts both tourists and locals (including farmers, pigeon club, fishing club and darts teams). The inn benefits from being in an affluent area close to Northwich, as well as its proximity to Delamere Forest which attracts pony trekkers, cyclists, fishing enthusiasts, walkers and holiday makers. We are advised that the turnover is circa 310,263 (incl. VAT) for year ending February 2016 with a trade split of circa 50% food and 50% wet.
This is a lovely business but the profits could be increased if the business were purchased by an enthusiastic 'hands-on' couple thereby reducing staff costs accordingly. In our opinion there is potential to further increase the turnover and profits by extending the opening hours particularly at the weekends.

Accounting information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.

This business was viewed by Helen Russell who would be delighted to discuss further details and can be contacted on 07968 376590.

Viewing appointments must be made by contacting Guy Simmonds.

VIEWING: All appointments must be made through Guy Simmonds. Please note that these Sales Particulars are issued on the strict basis that all negotiations, viewings and contacts in connection with this business are conducted through Guy Simmonds who are appointed by the vendor to act under a Sole Selling Rights agreement with total confidentiality. Any breach of these terms may make you liable in law to litigation and damages. Under no circumstances must you approach the owner direct without a formal appointment or disclose to other customers and staff that the Premises are for sale.

FINANCE FOR PURCHASING A LICENSED PROPERTY: We are in constant touch with a leading finance broker who specialises in arranging Business Finance for Licensed Properties. Whether you are purchasing a Licensed Property through ourselves, or another agent, we will be pleased to contact on your behalf our specialist who can arrange the necessary Finance Package for you at preferential rates. Please telephone for free and no obligation advice with regards to financing a Business.

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(V) Guy Simmonds are unable to give any warranty as to the working order of any apparatus, equipment, fittings or services associated with the premises and therefore, cannot verify they are in full working order. Purchasers are strongly advised to obtain specialist reports prior to exchange of contracts in order to satisfy themselves.
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