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5 bedroom pub for sale

Leg Lane, Rickford, Nr Blagdon


Property Description

Commercial information

  • Use class orders: A4 Drinking Establishments

Key features

  • Traditional Country Village Inn
  • Bar (36+), Restaurant (20), Games Room
  • 5 En-Suite Letting Bedrooms
  • Beer Garden (56+), Further Area (20+)
  • Impressive Levels of Trade

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Well presented character detached village inn with 5 en-suite letting bedrooms. Impressive levels of trade.

The Plume of Feathers is a substantial and well presented high quality village inn with origins dating back over 200 years. This attractive and traditional country village inn is presented to a high standard throughout having been the subject of much upgrade and improvement by our clients during their 10 years of ownership. The property still retains many character features such as flagstone flooring, beamed ceilings, and exposed stone fireplaces. This deceptively spacious detached country freehouse briefly comprises:- Main Bar (36 plus standing room), Restaurant (20), Games/Family Room (20), Commercial Catering Kitchen with ancillary areas and 5 En-Suite Letting Bedrooms. Externally, the property benefits from an Enclosed Beer Garden with attractive countryside views and seating for around 56 customers plus various useful outbuildings and Further Customer Seating Area directly to the front of the pub for 20 plus customers.

The Plume of Feathers is situated in charming small village of Rickford, a much photographed village, with a lake, stream and renowned rolling countryside. The pub fronts the stream which feeds the nearby mill pond and is an attractive setting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nestling at the northern foot of the Mendip Hills. Rickford is set among farmland and woodland, stretching across the Wrington Vale, west to the Bristol Channel, north to the hills around Bristol and east to Bath. It is set on several popular walking routes for hikers exploring the many foot and bridle paths. The business is also ideally located close to a number of nearby places of interest and attractions including Wookey Hole Caves, Blagdon Lake, Weston-super-Mare, Tew Valley Lake, Burrington Combe, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and Combe Lodge a nearby wedding and function venue. The village is popular with commuters travelling to Bristol (13 miles) and Bristol International Airport is around 4 miles. Junctions 21 and 22 on the M5 motorway are approximately 13 miles.


GROUND FLOOR - Main customer entrance door to front with part glazed double doors into Main Bar Area an attractive and traditional character bar, open plan in two areas with flagstone flooring, exposed beamed ceilings, wall mounted menu boards, central exposed stone fireplace with inset double sided open basket fire, part wood panelled walls, large screen TV, freestanding wooden topped tables, chairs, perimeter pew style bench seating comfortably for 36 customers plus bar stools and ample standing room. Wood panelled fronted and polished wooden topped Bar Servery with Altro flooring, fitted with a range of back bar fittings, optics and open display shelving, coffee machine, EPOS Maitre D touch screen till system with computer link to the kitchen, stainless steel sink unit, double glass fronted bottle fridge, and glasswasher. Open plan from the main bar through into Restaurant again an attractive and traditional character trading area with exposed ceiling beams, part flagstone and part parquet wood block flooring, feature Inglenook stone fireplace with bread oven and open fire, part wood panelled walls, wall mounted menu boards, range of freestanding wooden topped tables, chairs and pew style bench seating comfortably for 20 plus customers. Games/Family Room with carpeted flooring, whitewashed stone walls, large screen wall mounted television, pool table area, darts oche, wall mounted menu boards, range of freestanding wooden topped tables, chairs, low stools and pew style bench seating comfortably for 20 plus customers. Ladies & Gents WCs. Beer Cellar temperature controlled on the ground floor with Belfast sink and shelving. Commercial Kitchen with Altro flooring and part stainless steel clad walls, fitted with a comprehensive range of commercial catering equipment to include:- 8-burner gas range with double oven, extractor system with stainless steel canopy over, stainless steel workbenches with shelving below, 2 commercial microwave ovens, twin table top deep fat fryer, single table top deep fat fryer, upright fridge, stainless steel sink unit, plate warming cabinet, stainless steel racked shelving units, stainless steel wall shelving and fridge freezer. Preparation Area/Washup with Altro flooring and tiled walls, double commercial pizza oven, chest freezer, undercounter fridge, upright freezer, upright fridge, undercounter freezer, ice cream freezer, stainless steel wall shelving, twin deep bowl stainless steel sink unit and door to rear. Dry Goods Store Cupboard.

The attractive and spacious letting bedrooms have been finished to a high standard and each of the ensuite letting rooms offers remote controlled colour television, alarm clock radio with iPod dock, and tea and coffee making facilities. Individually designed and furnished, the letting bedrooms also benefit from separate independent access and briefly comprise:- Bedroom 1 - a twin/double zip and link bed with aspect to side and En-Suite Shower Room. Housekeepers Store with racked shelving and stainless steel sink unit. Bedroom 2 - a twin/double zip and link bed with aspect to the front and En-Suite Shower Room. Bedroom 3 - a twin/double zip and link bed with aspect to front and En-Suite Shower Room. Bedroom 4 - a twin/double zip and link bed with aspect to the front and En-Suite Shower Room. Bedroom 5 - a family room to sleep 4 with aspect to the front and En-Suite Bathroom with shower over bath.

The current owners have chosen to convert the accommodation to provide additional letting rooms and currently rent a property next to the pub. Obviously, the first floor letting accommodation can be reconfigured to provide a mixture of owners accommodation and letting bedrooms dependent upon personal requirements.

To the front of the property are a range of picnic style bench seats and wooden furniture providing seating for 20 plus customers. To the side of the property is a Parking Space and Bin Store Area and to the rear of the property is a Laundry Room, Vegetable Store Room. Beyond this is a Beer Garden fully enclosed and mainly laid to lawn with extensive views of the surrounding countryside and picnic style bench seating for 56 customers.

Please note: The fittings, equipment and services listed have not been tested by the agents, although we are informed that all items are in working order.

Trading Style - The Plume of Feathers is a traditional country village inn which serves the local village as well as surrounding villages and towns in the area and also attracts tourist trade, not only during the summer months, but throughout the year due its proximity close to a number of popular tourist attractions, fishing lakes and wedding venues. The inn is also situated within 10 minutes of Bristol Airport making it a popular overnight stopover base. Well presented throughout, our clients have owned and run the business for 10 years and during that time they have maintained and improved the property in keeping with the character of the building.

The standards inherent throughout the business ensure excellent levels of regular repeat business and word of mouth recommendations. The inn is well regarded by its clientele for its well kept ales and for its high quality freshly prepared food, using the best local produce available. The Plume of Feathers has been awarded a 4 Star Food Hygiene rating and is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has a Cask Marque approved cellar. With good reputation and excellent levels of year round regular repeat trade, the business attracts a wide variety of clientele from a wide catchment area and with good levels of spin off trade coming from numerous wedding, conference and function venues locally. Almost no advertising, marketing or promotion is undertaken by our clients, although the business does have its own website The Plume of Feathers is seen very much as the centre of the village community and is well supported by the village and home to an annual duck race and Halloween party. The pub specialises in a popular pizza menu and also offers takeaway pizzas.

Trading Information - Accounts for the year ending 31 October 2014 show sales of 317,465 excluding VAT. We are advised that the split of trade is approximately 45% wet sales, 40% food sales and 15% accommodation. Detailed accounting information can be provided to interested parties following a formal viewing appointment.

Opening Hours - The business trades from midday until 11:00pm Monday to Saturday and from midday until 10:30pm on Sundays. Food is served from midday until 2:30pm and from 6:00pm until 9:30pm seven days a week.

Current Staffing - The business is run by our clients, a husband and wife partnership, with the assistance of 3 full-time and 3 part-time members of staff.

Potential - The Plume of Feathers is a well regarded business which has shown consistent growth during our clients 10 years of ownership and still has further potential. Undoubtedly, there are opportunities to increase the current hours of food availability, particularly by offering food all day during the summer months and at weekends. There are also opportunities to increase the revenue of the letting bedrooms, particularly by registering the letting room with high profile on-line accommodation website. The sale of The Plume of Feathers represents an excellent opportunity to purchase a well presented and well regarded character village inn in a sought after part of Somerset. An internal inspection is highly recommended in order to fully appreciate all that this excellent business has to offer.

For up to date Business Rates and Council Tax information relating to this property, we refer you to The Valuation Office website

SERVICES (advised by client)
All mains services, with the exception of mains gas and mains drainage, are connected to the subject property. LPG is used for cooking, oil is used for central heating and there is a septic drainage system.

PRICE & TENURE (VAT may be chargeable in addition if appropriate)
625,000 for the valuable freehold interest as a going concern business and full trade inventory. Wet and dry stocks to be additional at valuation. Vacant possession upon completion.

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