7 bedroom pub for sale



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Tenure: Freehold



Imposing and substantial 17th Century Inn situated in the prime location of Harwich.

Traditional Public Bar (circa 30), versatile and multi-functional Restaurant (circa 30 covers) and Function Room (circa 25+ covers).

Fully equipped Commercial Catering Kitchen.

Superb 4 Bedroomed Family Accommodation - plus an additional self-contained 2 Bedroom Apartment and a self-contained 1 Bedroom Apartment. Superb letting potential.

Enclosed Courtyard.

Advised current turnover circa £360,000 (incl. VAT).

Trade split circa 60% wet and 40% food. Undoubted potential for a catering/lettings orientated operator.

Refurbished and modernised yet retaining a wealth of charm and character throughout.



This outstanding business can be found in the sought after Haven Port town of Harwich in the beautiful county of Essex and can be easily reached from the A120 near Colchester, having excellent road communications providing easy access to the A12, M25 and M11 motorways and the major international airports of Stansted and Gatwick.
Being located in Harwich and also being very close to both the Harwich and Parkeston Ferry terminals, bringing an abundance of visitors and tourists from Holland and Denmark all year round. Harwich is also situated close to Clacton on Sea, Colchester, Ipswich and Felixstowe making this traditional inn ideally situated to draw trade from the nearby surrounding towns and villages and has an excellent level of repeat trade and is also well serviced by local schools, shops and amenities. An enviable place to reside and a compelling trade opportunity.


Main entrance at the front leading into the lobby with access into the Public Bar.

Public Bar (circa 30) is a traditional room having a feature return bar servery constructed of solid European oak having a solid polished oak counter and a matching back fitting with shelving and trade optics which is complemented by a good range of loose polished tables, fixed upholstered perimeter seating, upholstered chairs and upholstered bar chairs. Adding to the charm and character of the room are the feature brick built open fireplace, the oak effect flooring and the part panelled walls. There is also a darts throw. Access to the Restaurant.

Restaurant (circa 30 covers) is a versatile and multi-functional room and exudes a warm and relaxing ambience and is well furnished with a good range of loose polished tables and leather chairs. There is also a feature log burner fireplace.

Function Room (circa 25+ covers) situated on the 1st floor, being of a good size and well furnished with solid polished tables and leather upholstered chairs. There are also 2 feature open fireplaces adding to the charm and character of the room. Access to a W.C also situated on the 1st floor.

Catering facilities include a fully equipped Commercial Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and preparation surfaces (appliances not tested).

Lower Ground Floor Cellar with dray drop, pumps, python, racks, post mix and cooler.

Ladies and Gents W.C's


Situated on the 2nd floor, being of a good size and presented in good decorative order briefly comprises: 4 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. The living accommodation requires a little work to reinstate the rooms back to B&B; as they were 4 years ago. There has been a loss of two local hotels through building developments and Harwich needs further letting accommodation.
In addition, there is a self-contained flat situated on the 1st floor, briefly comprising: 2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchenette and a bathroom.
There is also self-contained apartment at the rear of the inn, having a private access and briefly comprises: 1 bedroom, lounge, kitchen and a shower room.
N.B. Agents Note: The above accommodation has immense potential for either letting, staff and owner's accommodation usage if so desired.


There is an enclosed courtyard at the rear.


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:
Monday - Saturday - 10.00am - 01.00am
Sunday - Midday - 10.00pm
The current opening hours are as follows:
Monday - Saturday - Midday - 11.00pm
Sunday - Midday - 10.00pm
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 is being offered for sale freehold (although we have not had sight of the title deeds).

We are advised that the inn benefits from all mains services (services not tested). Business rates payable are advised as being £NIL per annum.


Our vendor clients operate this highly successful business on a 'husband and wife' team on a full time basis with the assistance of 2 full time and 6 part time/casual members of staff.

Trade is currently derived from circa 60% wet and 40% food sales, thereby providing immense scope for a new hands-on operator partnership with previous experience of running a catering/letting orientated operation to take this business to even greater heights by focussing on a strategic and extensive marketing campaign to further promote the premises.
The inn has achieved the Camra accolade of 'Pub of the Year' for 2019 and has also twice received a 'Certificate of Excellence' from Trip Advisor.

Advised current turnover circa £360,000 (incl. VAT).

This is truly an incredible opportunity for either an owner operator to continue to build the business or for a commercial investor to enhance their existing portfolio.

The asking price reflects the current trading foundation, the location and quality of fixtures and fitting, and of course not forgetting that this is an extremely substantial freehold property.

Accounting information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.
The property was viewed by Martin McConnell who would be delighted to discuss further details.
Viewing appointments must be made via Guy Simmonds.

Details Prepared: July 2019

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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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Nearest stations

  • Harwich Town (0.1 mi)
  • Dovercourt (0.5 mi)
  • Harwich International (1.4 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

  • Harwich Town (0.1 mi)
  • Dovercourt (0.5 mi)
  • Harwich International (1.4 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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