This well-presented unique property and business is located on the main road running through the growing Derbyshire village of South Normanton positioned only 2 miles East of Alfreton. The bustling village itself is constantly being developed with houses and surrounding industrial estates constantly being built. There are both primary and secondary schools, 2 nurseries, local shops, facilities and amenities. Nearby points of interest include the highly popular McArthur Glen shopping outlet, the famous spire town of Chesterfield, Crich with its historic tramway museum and Bolsover Castle is only a short drive North. Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, the National Trust Hardwick Hall and the famous Peak District are also close by. The local road networks are excellent and the M1 and A38 are only a 5 minute drive away.
This desirable property is bursting with character and charm throughout and is of brick construction sitting beneath a pitched, tiled apex roof. Originally built as a primary school the property has retained its original sash windows and to this day many of its quirky features are still in place sympathetically bringing back many memories for all. An entrance porch to the front provides access to all the trading areas and there is a disabled access and ramp to the side. The trading areas consist of:
Woodland Bar Area (circa 32+ plus standing) is a delightful room on entry and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Long wooden tables with chairs and scatter cushion covered wooden benches are complimented by exposed wooden beams to the ceiling, below dado level wood cladding, twinkling lights and a solid oak floor. The bar area itself has poseur tables with high stools and chairs, planted pots and a well-presented bar server of brick construction and coffee preparation station. Eye-catching bric-a-brac, winding twines and vines and an exposed brick built open fireplace to add to the character of the room. This area is hugely popular and is often hired out for private use only. An exposed brick archway with twinkling lights leads through to:
Restaurant (circa 40+ covers) is bursting with character and has a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Colourful loose shabby chic tables and chairs all sit on a solid oak floor and are able to be laid out as required and to suit the occasion. The high ceiling having exposed joists and rafters and ceiling fans for the warmer weather looks down on areas of exposed brickwork and a piano sat patiently in the corner waiting to be played. The room also has a wood fired pizza oven set in the end exposed brick corner wall however this is not currently used but could quite easily be so.
There is a good sized fully equipped commercial Catering Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and surfaces (equipment not tested). Pot wash, prep, starters, sides, bread and pizzas areas lead off. Below Ground floor Beer Cellar with python system, remote etc and further storage space.
Ladies and Gents WC / External CCTV.
The simply stunning owner’s accommodation is presented in immaculate condition and is situated on the 1st floor. This briefly comprises of: 2 double bedrooms, Lounge, Bathroom, WC and Kitchen with a lovely decked veranda leading off. There are also several areas for storage, a spacious garage and an office. We are advised that our vendor clients would be willing to leave the accommodation furnished (if desired) dependant on the level of offer for the property.
To the rear of the property is a beautiful grassed al fresco ‘secret garden area’ (circa 75+ plus standing) with wooden garden furniture, festoon lighting and stunning colourful pots, planters and tubs. The garden is enclosed and to one end has a raised decked area with a central round table and aluminium chairs that proves highly popular amongst larger parties. To the other end of the garden is a covered, heated and lit decked pergola area all set around a carved wooden mushroom that is immensely popular amongst the younger (and some older) visitors. There is also a small event bar in the corner and ticketed garden parties are often held in the summer months. A separate colourful and floral covered smoking solution sits away from the garden and has wooden barrels and high stools. The patron’s car park is to the side of the property and has space for circa 6 cars however unrestricted parking is available directly outside and 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:
Mon – Sat 10am to midnight
Sunday 12noon to 11.30pm
Current opening hours are
Weds - Sat 5pm to 10pm
Sunday 12noon to 4pm
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 all available mains services are connected (no services tested). Business rates payable are advised as being £NIL/Exempt.
The current owners purchased the freehold property in 2016 and have since refurbished and developed the property creating a desirable and quirky business offering quality home cooked locally sourced food and a selection of ales and fine drinks to a loyal, repeat and desirable clientele. The business is currently operated by the owners themselves assisted by 3 full time and circa 3 part time/casual members of staff. The business sits at the heart of the local community and prior to pandemic hosted popular monthly comedy nights and live entertainment that are soon to be re-instated. Sunday lunches are also popular and the restaurant is often used for private hire. The business currently trades on reduced opening hours and this is simply through lifestyle choice of our vendor clients. We are advised that turnover since re-opening post pandemic for 7 months from 31st May 2021 to 25th December 2021 was £135,000 (inc VAT) circa £4,500 per week. We are advised that turnover is currently in growth and annualises to £231,428 (inc VAT). Prior to pandemic accounts to September 2019 show turnover of circa £153,366 (inc VAT) achieved on a trade split of 75% Food sales and 25% Wet sales. New owners could continue to operate the business using the same current formula or they may wish to take the business to the next level. In our opinion this could be achieved by taking advantage of the greatly reduced opening hours, marketing the gorgeous al fresco ‘secret’ garden, re-instating the pizza oven whilst adding ideas from their business plan.
Detailed floor plans are available on request. Limited accounting information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.
This business was viewed by Richard Fletcher who would be delighted to discuss further details and can be contacted on 07865 348375.
Viewing appointments must be made by contacting Guy Simmonds on 01332-865112 /
Richard Fletcher on 07865 348375 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Details prepared April 2022