This delightful inn is located in the pretty and affluent sought-after Staffordshire village of Oulton only 1½ miles from the bustling market town of Stone and surrounded by other affluent villages and picturesque countryside. Oulton is a popular community spirited village with 2 pubs, a church, primary school and village hall that hosts many events all year round. It has also been a finalist several times in ‘Best kept village award’. Nearby points of interest include Kibblestone scout camp, Trentham gardens, Barlaston World of Wedgwood and the majestic Grade II listed Oulton Abbey. The famous Alton Towers theme park and Stoke on Trent are also only a short drive away. The nearby road network is excellent with the M6, A50 and A34 all within easy reach.
The property has been licensed since 1837 and sits on the main road running through the village. It is of brick construction and sits under a pitched tiled roof. Entrances to the front and rear provide access to all the trading areas. These consist of:
Traditional Bar (circa 30+ plus standing) has loose tables, chairs and leather upholstered perimeter bench seating all sitting on an attractive quarry tiled floor beneath exposed wooden beams to the ceiling. The room has a darts throw, HDTV, an exposed brick-built fireplace with open coal fire and historical photos of the local area adorning the walls. There is also a bar server of wood construction with 3 cask ales on offer.
Snug (c18+ plus standing) has loose tables, chairs and upholstered perimeter bench seating all sitting on a fully carpeted floor. The room has a bar server of wood construction and a small log burner to one side. To one end of the room is a door providing access to the lovely colourful rear garden area.
Below ground floor beer cellar with remote, python and pumps etc leads from behind the bar.
An attractive block paved corridor links to:
Ladies & Gents WC’s
Small kitchen area currently used only for preparation of team sandwiches etc. and further storage area.
The owner’s accommodation is located on the 1st floor and briefly consists of: 3 double bedrooms, Lounge-kitchen-diner and a bathroom.
To the rear of the property is a delightful enclosed and highly attractive hard standing al fresco garden area with scatter cushion covered wooden garden furniture (circa 15+ plus standing). The area also has beautiful colourful pots and planters and a heated and lit smoking solution. There is no car park for this property however parking is available directly outside and on street parking is available throughout the village.
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:
Sun - Thurs 12noon to midnight
Fri/Sat 12noon to 1am
Current opening hours are:
Sun - Tues 12noon to 11pm
Weds 12noon to midnight
Thurs 12noon to 11pm
Friday 12noon to 1am
Saturday 12noon 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 is being offered for sale freehold (although we have not had sight of the title deeds). We are advised that the property benefits from all mains services being connected (no services tested). Business rates payable are advised as currently being £NIL per annum.
The current owners purchased the freehold of the property in 1990 and continued to run the business until August 2018 when they leased it out. Unfortunately, this was not successful, and they took the business back over in May 2019 (9 months only) and picked up from where they left off. They are now looking to sell the freehold of the business in order to be able to take life at a more leisurely pace. The business offers quality ales and drinks only and serves to a loyal, repeat and desirable clientele and is currently operated by our vendor clients assisted by c4 part time members of staff. The business sits at the centre of the local community and plays host to 2 darts teams whilst providing licensed refreshment facilities at all the events held at the village hall. Listed in the Good Beer Guide for over 20 years and being a home to the seasonal village clay pigeon, shooting and fishing clubs throughout the year makes this a highly attractive opportunity. We are advised that accounts to 31st August 2018 declare takings of c£195,497 (incl. vat) per annum achieved on 100% wet sales and showing healthy net profits. New owners could continue to run 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 the introduction of a basic ‘pub grub’ offer running alongside other introductions from their business plan.
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 August 2019