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4 bedroom pub for sale

The Tippling Philosopher, High Street, Milborne Port


Property Description

Commercial information

  • Use class orders: A4 Drinking Establishments

Key features

  • Traditional Country Village Freehouse
  • Prominent & Landmark Village Centre Trading Position
  • Main Bar (28+), Dining Room (18) Garden Room (8)
  • Skittle Alley/Function Room, Pool Room
  • Beer Gardens (60), Customer Car Park

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Tippling Philosopher is a substantial and deceptively spacious character village freehouse with origins reputedly dating back to the 16th Century. The property, which is Grade II Listed, takes its name from the renowned scientist, chemist and philosopher, Robert Boyle, who was famous for holding court of an evening within the alehouse. This traditional country village inn is well presented throughout and has been the subject of much work and upgrade during our clients 7 year tenure and the property combines comfortable character trade areas with spacious family sized owners accommodation. This deceptively spacious freehouse boasts a wealth of character and briefly comprises:- Main Bar (28+), Garden Room/Snug (8), Dining Room (18), Pool Room, Skittle Alley/Function Room (30+), well equipped Commercial Catering Kitchen with ancillary facilities and a very spacious family sized Owners Apartment comprising large Sitting Room/Dining Room, 4 Spacious Double Bedrooms (2 En-Suite), Kitchen and Shower Room. The flexible and spacious owners accommodation could be reconfigured to provide letting bedrooms, if so desired and subject to the necessary consents. Externally, the property benefits from an Enclosed Rear Trade Garden with Patio and lawned areas providing al fresco seating for 60 plus customers, a Detached Barn/Store Room and a Customer Car Park.

The Tippling Philosopher occupies a prominent landmark trading position adjacent to the A30 main road within the High Street of this historic Dorset/Somerset expanding border village. Milborne Port is a popular picturesque village with an active village community and a highly regarded primary school. Situated astride the A30 main road, the village boasts many fine period feature stone properties and is located around 2 miles from the historic Dorset abbey town of Sherborne with its mainline rail link direct to London Waterloo. This popular village has a population of around 3,000 residents.

Double entrance doors leading from car park into Entrance Vestibule with Ladies & Gents WCs and door into Main Bar an attractive character room with part stripped wood and part flagstone flooring, windows to front, feature fireplace with inset multi-fuel stove, wall mounted menu boards, a range of wooden tables, chairs, bar stools and window seating comfortably for 28 customers plus adequate standing room. Recessed Bar Area with wood fronted and topped Bar Servery, fitted with associated back bar fittings, display shelving and optics, with Altro flooring, 4 glass fronted bottle fridges, coffee machine, stainless steel sink unit, glasswasher, stainless steel hand basin, EPOS touch screen cash register with printer link to kitchen and remote tablet ordering system. Garden Room with part stripped wood and part carpeted flooring, dual aspect windows and door to rear beer garden, range of comfy leather sofas and tub chairs for 8 customers, part wood panelled walls and Return Bar Servery. Dining Room open plan from bar with carpeted flooring, part wood panelled walls, wall mounted menu boards, feature fireplace with inset electric fire, range of free standing wooden tables and upholstered wooden chairs comfortably seating 18 customers. Pool Room with stripped wood flooring, feature Mullion stone fireplace, bay window to front, darts oche area and pool table area with seating for 8 customers plus standing room. Skittle Alley/Function Room a versatile multi-purpose room with solid wood flooring, exposed ceiling timbers, dedicated skittle alley, with ball return, painted stone walls, range of free standing wooden tables and chairs comfortably seating 30 plus customers. Catering Kitchen with Altro flooring and part tiled walls with extractor system with stainless steel canopy over, 8-burner gas range with double oven, twin table top deep fat fryer, stainless steel workbenches with shelving below, bain-marie, 2 microwave ovens, flat topped griddle, stainless steel wall shelving, hand basin, twn deep bowl stainless steel sink unit and commercial dishwasher. Fridge/Freezer Room with Altro flooring, 2 upright fridges, 2 chest freezers, 2 upright freezers and wall shelving.

Situated on the first floor is the extremely spacious and well appointed owners accommodation which is finished to an extremely high standard and briefly comprises:_ large Landing, Kitchen with range of base units, complementary worksurfaces, built in electric hob and stainless steel sink unit. Large Sitting Room a very generously proportioned room with triple aspect to front and aspect to the rear and exposed ceiling timbers. Owners Bedroom Suite being self-contained and comprising a generously proportioned Double Bedroom with dual aspect, exposed ceiling timbers, part exposed stone walls and an extensive range of built in wardrobes. Shower Room and walk-in wardrobe. Bedroom 2 a generous double bedroom with windows to rear, part exposed stone walls and an En-Suite Shower Room. Bedroom 3 a generous double room with bay window to front, feature original cast iron fireplace (disused) and an En-Suite Bathroom. Bedroom 4 again a generous double bedroom with built in wardrobes and aspect to front.

To the side of the property is a tarmac Car Park with space for around 10-12 vehicles. Detached Barn providing spacious dry storage with ice machine, fridge freezer and chest freezer. Also housing Beer Cellar being temperature controlled on the ground floor. To the rear of the pub is a fully Enclosed Trade Garden with patio and lawn areas and providing al fresco seating for 60 plus customers. Wooden Smoking Shelter with rattan style furniture.

The Tippling Philosopher is a traditional country village pub which serves the local village as well as surrounding villages and hamlets in the area and also attracts tourist trade, particularly during the busy summer months. The Tippling Philosopher is well supported in the local community, having 4 skittle teams together with other groups such as the WI and the hunt using the skittle alley on a regular basis for their own leagues and meetings. The pub also hosts a popular Sunday quiz night and offers various food theme nights, occasional live music and an annual beer festival. The pub is also the meeting place for many of the village's groups and societies. Well presented throughout, the pub has been in our clients hands since June 2010 during which time our clients have consistenly improved and maintained the property whilst sympathetically enhancing the character of the building and the high standards inherent throughout the business ensures excellent levels of regular repeat business and word of mouth recommendations. The business has been awarded a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating. The business has its own website which provides further background information on the business and the pub is well known for its ever changing range of cask ales, with at least four being available at any one time.

We are advised by our clients that turnover is in the region of 180,000 per annum net of VAT with the advised trade split being 80% wet sales, 20% food sales. Full detailed trading information can be made available to interested parties following a formal viewing appointment.

The current trading hours are Monday 5:00pm until midnight. Tuesday to Sunday midday until 2:30pm and 5:00pm until midnight. Food is not served on Mondays or on Sunday evenings.

The business is run by our clients, a husband and wife partnership, with the assistance of a full-time chef and up to 5 part-time members of staff.

The Tippling Philosopher is a well regarded village freehouse which offers undoubted potential for incoming operators to stamp their mark on the business with specific opportunities to increase the current trading hours, particularly by opening all day especially during the summer months and by offering food all day during holiday periods, for which demand exists. The sale of The Tippling Philosopher represents an excellent opportunity to purchase a well regarded and well established character village pub in an extremely desirable part of the Westcountry with impressive family sized living accommodation which also offers potential, dependent on personal requirements, to offer letting accommodation. An internal inspection is highly recommended in order to fully appreciate all that this excellent business opportunity has to offer.
Grade II Listed and therefore exempt.

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

All main services are connected to the subject property, and a new central heating and boiler has recently been installed.

395,000 for the valuable freehold 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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