This highly delightful Grade II listed 18th century inn sits on a circa 1 acre plot (not measured) on the main road running through the North Lincolnshire village of Thornton Curtis. The quaint and picturesque village has only a church and an inn however is surrounded by other lovely villages and the populous bustling town of Barton upon Humber and the market town of Brigg are only a short drive away. Nearby points of interest include the Grade I listed Thornton Abbey, an English Heritage site (2 miles), the prominent and proud standing Humber Bridge (8 miles) and Normanby Hall, a stunning regency mansion set in a beautiful 300 acre estate with private golf club (15 miles). The popular University City of Hull (with the popular ‘Deep’ aquarium tourist attraction) is only a short drive over the Humber Bridge. The nearby road networks are excellent and the A180, M180 and A15 are within easy reach.
This substantial and traditional inn is of stonewashed brick construction sitting under a pitched tiled and slate roof. Entrances to the front and rear of the property provide access to the trading areas. These consist of:
Bar Area (circa 45+ standing) is a delightful family friendly area that is bursting with character and rustic charm and has views of the Grade I listed village church. Loose tables, chairs and stools are complimented by upholstered perimeter bench seating all sitting on a fully carpeted floor. Exposed wooden beams to the ceiling look down on wood panelled walls, an exposed brick-built fireplace with a built-in coal/gas fire and attractive brasses and prints of rural life adorn the walls. There is also a return bar server of wood construction with 2 cask ales on offer.
There is a fully equipped Commercial Catering Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and surfaces (appliances not tested) and 5* EHO rating. There is also a ground floor Beer Cellar with pumps, remote and python system, additional storage and dry goods, fridge/freezer store located in the outbuilding.
Fully equipped and self-contained ‘in house’ Laundry Room.
Ladies and Gents WC’s.
The family sized owner’s accommodation is located on the 1st floor and briefly consists of: 3 double bedrooms, Lounge, Bathroom, Kitchen and Office.
Situated on the ground and first floors and with private access are 8 delightful En-suite Letting Rooms (5 double, 2 family, 1 single) All rooms have quality furnishings, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and WIFI. The rooms are highly popular all year round and have been accredited with 4* Visit England Silver Award and a Breakfast Award as well. We are advised that PP is still in place to extend the letting accommodation even further in order to create a further 2 En-suite rooms if so desired. PP Reference No: FP/2002/1412.
To the rear of the property is a delightful and spacious al fresco Garden Area (circa 80+) with wooden picnic benches, a flagstone courtyard and a large enclosed grassed garden with established hedge borders and children’s fun trail play equipment. There is also an attractive covered and heated smoking solution. Also to the rear is the Patron’s gravel Car Park with spaces for circa 50+ cars. There is one brick-built outbuilding used for storage (fridge, freezer & garden tables), beer cellar and a small separate workshop area.
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
Sunday 12 noon to 11.30pm
Current opening hours are:
Mon Closed lunch 6pm/10pm
Tues - Sat 12noon/3pm, 6pm/10pm
Sunday 12noon/3pm, 6pm/10pm
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 all relevant mains services are connected and the business uses LPG for cooking and heating (no services tested). Business rates payable are advised as being circa £NIL per annum to include relevant reliefs.
The current owners purchased the freehold property in January 1998 following which they extended, refurbished and transformed the whole property to an excellent and high standard. The business currently offers fresh, seasonal and local sourced produce and attracts a loyal, repeat and desirable clientele. The business is currently operated by the owners themselves assisted by circa 12 part time/casual staff. After many years in the industry our vendor clients are now looking to sell the freehold property on in order to be able to retire. The business sits directly at the heart of the local community and offers quality food and drink and award-winning accommodation whilst also playing host to statutory food themed events (Mothers/Father’s day etc) including a highly popular Sunday lunch. We are advised that accounts to 31st December 2018 show a turnover of circa £262,562 (inc VAT) achieved on a split of 49% Food sales ; 26% Accommodation sales and 25% Wet sales. New owners could continue to operate the business using the same highly successful formula or they may wish to take the business to the next level. In our opinion this could be achieved by taking advantage of extending the opening hours especially at weekends whilst looking at the opportunity to extend the letting accommodation even further to add additional high profit margin income to the business.
For further information on this property please see: www.thorntonhuntinn.co.uk
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 on 01332 865112.
Details prepared March 2019