Pub for sale



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Tenure: Freehold



Moored on the river Trent at the town wharf sitting in the shadows of the historic castle walls in the centre of the bustling Nottinghamshire market town of Newark.

Sun Deck (c24+ plus standing - max 60 occupancy) with River, Castle, Wharf and Bridge views.

Main Bar - Below Deck (c70+ plus standing - max 110 occupancy) with a feature central ships telegraph, Nautical bric-a-brac and original features.

Small but well-equipped commercial catering kitchen with 5* EHO rating.

Spacious colourful riverside garden area (c200+) with wooden benches and river, bridge and castle views.

Advised annual turnover of circa £500,000 (incl.VAT) to end 30th September 2018. Achieved on a trade split of 82% Wet sales & 18% Food sales and excellent reconstituted net profits.



This landmark freehold business is located in the centre of the historic Nottinghamshire town of Newark that is one of the main stops on the East Coast Main Line Railway route. Moored at the town wharf on the river Trent the business sits in the shadows of the historic castle walls. The River Trent runs directly through the town & it is a very popular area with visitors and tourists all year round with many visitor attractions that include Newark Castle & Newark air museum. Nearby points of interest include Southwell (7 miles) with its famous Minster and racecourse, the City of Lincoln (15 miles) with its historic Castle & Cathedral, the Vale of Belvoir (12 miles) and the popular City of Nottingham is only 17 miles away. The motorway networks are excellent and the A1 and A46 are only a few minutes' drive away.
This converted barge/inn was formerly a Spillers grain barge plying its trade between Hull and Gainsborough. It was converted into a public house in 1980 and still to this day is an established part of the towns pub and restaurant scene. A main entrance to the front provides access to all the trading areas. These consist of:
Sun Deck (c24 plus standing - max 60 occupancy) is a light and bright room with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The room has loose tables, leather upholstered chairs and scatter cushion covered upholstered perimeter bench seating. Fully carpeted and with a painted wooden ceiling there are opening windows that provide beautiful views of the river Trent, Newark Castle and Trent Bridge. Nautical themed bric-a-brac adorns the walls and there is a darts throw to one end. An attractive staircase leads downstairs to:
Main Bar - Below Deck (c70+ plus standing - max 110 occupancy) is an inviting room with a warm and vibrant atmosphere throughout. Loose tables, leather upholstered chairs, wooden bench pews, upholstered perimeter bench seating and high stools all sit on areas of oak and carpeted flooring. Nautical themed bric-a-brac and cask ale pump clips adorn the walls and there is a feature 'Ships Telegraph' positioned in the centre. To the 'stern end' which was formerly the bedroom in days gone by is a captain's style table with great views of the whole bar area and original features of the barge on show. There is a well-presented bar server of wood construction with 4 cask ales on offer, a coffee station, ornamental Flemish oven and an SWP & AWP.
There is a small but well-equipped commercial Catering Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and surfaces (equipment not tested) and 5* EHO rating. Separate fridge/freezer and storage areas.
Sun deck level Beer Cellar with python system, pumps and remote and additional storage space.

Ladies and Gents WC's.

CCTV & Wi-Fi throughout.


There is no owner's accommodation with this business and it is a lock up. Our vendor clients own a 1-bed ground floor flat & parking space within 200 yards of this business and are willing to rent or sell this property (available by separate negotiation).


To the front of the property is a spacious grassed and patio al fresco garden area (circa 200+) with wooden picnic benches and colourful baskets troughs and planters. Sitting directly in line with the historic castle to one side and the flowing river Trent to the other makes this an ideal place to sit, eat or drink and watch the world go by! Also to the front is a council owned pay and display car park with competitive pricing throughout the day and evening with c50+ lined parking spaces.


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 - Sat 11am to midnight
Sun 12noon to midnight

Current opening hours are
Mon - Sun 10.30am to midnight

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 property and business are being offered for sale freehold (although we have not had sight of the title deeds). We are advised that mains services are connected (no services tested) and the business uses electricity throughout for cooking and heating purposes. Business rates payable are advised as being circa £17,091 per annum.


The current owners have run this iconic business since 1980 initially as brewery tenants and then purchasing the freehold in 2010. Over the past 37 years they have offered quality food and drinks in fabulous comfortable surroundings to a loyal, repeat and desirable clientele. After many years within the industry our vendor clients are now looking to retire from the business in order to take life at a more leisurely pace. The business is currently operated by one of the owners assisted by a manager and circa 10-part time/casual members of staff. This well-known highly popular and profitable business sits at the centre of the local community in the town and has received excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and Google. The business not only plays host to a weekly quiz night, weekly Poker evening and a competitive darts team but also provides a highly popular stone baked pizza offer, regular happy hours and occasional live entertainment. We are advised that annual turnover was circa £500,000 (incl. vat) to year end 30th September 2018 achieved on a trade split of 82% wet sales and 18% food sales - the sales are up 17% on the first quarter this year. We calculate reconstituted net profits after adding back managers wages, depreciation and one-off costs to be in excess of c£100,000. New owners could continue to operate the business using the same highly successful formula or may wish to take the business to the next level. In our opinion this could be achieved by introducing a new food menu/offer and growing the food side of the business further.

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

The property was viewed by Richard Fletcher who would be delighted to discuss further details and can be contacted on 07527 718400.

Viewing appointments must be made via Guy Simmonds.

Details Prepared: January 2018

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.

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Nearest stations

  • Newark Castle (0.2 mi)
  • Newark North Gate (0.5 mi)
  • Rolleston (3.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Guy Simmonds Business Transfers Limited , National Licensed Property

Coppice Farm, Ashby Road Melbourne, DE73 8BJ

01332 448136 Local call rate

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Nearest stations

  • Newark Castle (0.2 mi)
  • Newark North Gate (0.5 mi)
  • Rolleston (3.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Guy Simmonds Business Transfers Limited , National Licensed Property

Coppice Farm, Ashby Road Melbourne, DE73 8BJ

01332 448136 Local call rate

How much will it cost me to call the number displayed on the site?

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package.

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