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10 May 2018 | Pubs

Rural Kent pub comes to the market

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has been appointed to market The Hawkenbury Inn, in the Kent hamlet of Hawkenbury, situated between Staplehurst and Headcorn.

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Sitting in a plot of approximately one acre, this traditional country pub occupies a prominent roadside position in the heart of this small community, attracting a strong mix of local custom from the surrounding villages as well as leisure guests visiting the area.

With a host of character features including wooden beams, wooden floors and open fireplaces, this attractive two storey property comprises a large and welcoming 96 cover restaurant, 30 cover bar, games area with pool table and darts board, large well-equipped kitchen and a ground floor cellar. Owner’s accommodation is also available on the first floor, with two separate, self contained flats, each comprising of a double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge area. 

Externally, the business benefits from a spacious lawn trade garden to the rear with seating for up to 80 covers, with an outside bar and children’s play area, and to the front of the property there is seating for a further 36 covers, plus a gravel car park for up to 40 vehicles.

Situated behind the pub, the site also features a separate building housing three en suite letting rooms; two doubles and one twin, all with their own small courtyard areas with tables and chairs, providing an additional income stream to the business. Planning permission has been granted to extend the main building too, which would allow for a further 10 letting rooms.

James Hughes, Business Agent at Christie & Co’s Maidstone office comments, “The Hawkenbury Inn provides a fabulous opportunity to acquire a rural business which has potential to grow.  With the potential to increase the accommodation, this is a great opportunity for either a hands-on owner operator or a multiple operator looking to add to their portfolio.”

Christie & Co is seeking £895,000 for the freehold interest.