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HIGHLY DESIRABLE PRIVATELY OWNED FOOD LED ‘FREEHOLD COUNTRY INN’ WITH 80 DINING COVERS LOCATED IN THE NATIONAL FOREST NEAR THE LARGE STAFFORDSHIRE VILLAGE OF YOXALL

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  • A pretty Staffordshire village location set in the National Forest on the main A515 to the North of Lichfield, Southwest of Burton upon Trent and surrounded by other affluent villages. Only a short drive from Uttoxeter Racecourse and Cannock Chase.
  • Well-presented Open Plan trading area (circa 80 covers) that was totally refurbished throughout in 2019 having exposed brickwork, a feature open coal fire, central bar server with 2 casks on offer and a coffee preparation area.
  • Fully equipped catering kitchen with 5* EHO rating, store and walk in fridge.
  • Indian stone al fresco patio area with poseur tables and wooden benches and delightful rolling views of the surrounding countryside: Car park : Smoking solution.
  • Spacious and highly delightful 2 Double Bedroom Owner’s accommodation with private access presented in excellent condition.
  • Advised turnover to year ended 31st March 2023 circa £397,976 (Incl. VAT).
  • Trade split approx 80% Food: 20% Wet.
  • Currently operated on a Privately owned renewable Free of Tie lease basis with a Deed of Surrender to be put in place in order to provide vacant possession on the completion of the Freehold sale.
AN ESTABLISHED AND VERY WELL-PRESENTED FOOD LED INN LOCATED IN AN IDYLLIC RURAL STAFFORDSHIRE VILLAGE

ASKING PRICE £325,000 (PLUS VAT IF APPLICABLE) FREEHOLD TO INCLUDE FIXTURES & FITTINGS, GOODWILL, EXCLUDING S.A.V.


Location

The business is located in the National Forest and sits directly on the A515 on the edge of the large pretty Staffordshire village of Yoxall. Nearby points of interest include the Cathedral city of Lichfield, the famous brewing town of Burton upon Trent and the populous town of Cannock. Yoxall itself has all the necessary amenities, schools and shops and is surrounded by a mass of popular and desirable garden centres. The famous Uttoxeter Racecourse, St Georges Park (England football team training centre), the National Memorial Arboretum, Cannock Chase and Alton Towers theme park are also close by. The local road networks are excellent and the M6/M6 Toll, A50 and A38 are within easy reach providing access to and from this delightful county.

THE PROPERTY

The property is presented in immaculate condition throughout and the main trading areas, kitchen and owners’ accommodation were all refurbished in 2019 to an exceptionally high standard.

This property is of partially rendered brick construction, sitting under a pitched, tiled apex roof. An attractive entrance porch with accessible ramp to the front provides access to the spacious U-shape Open Plan trading area. This consists of: Open Plan trading Area (circa 80+ covers) has loose assorted Farmhouse tables and assorted dining and upholstered chairs sitting on a tartan carpeted floor complimented by poseur tables and high stools in the bar area. An open wooden ceiling with exposed joists and enviable bric-a-brac to the upper walls are complimented by painted below dado level wood cladding. To one end is an attractive open coal fire set in an exposed brick-built fireplace with further areas of exposed brick throughout the trading area. There is a well-presented central bar server of wood construction with an oak perimeter offering 2 local cask ales and a coffee preparation station. There is a good sized fully equipped commercial Catering Kitchen with 5* EHO rating, PVC cladding and stainless-steel appliances and surfaces (equipment not tested). There is also a walk-in fridge, wash up and prep area and separate fridge/freezer/dry goods store leading off.

Below Ground floor temperature-controlled Beer Cellar with 8 cask auto-tilts, python system, pumps and remote.

Ladies, Gents, Accessible/Baby change WC’s /

CCTV inside and out.

OWNERS ACCOMMODATION

The delightful owner’s accommodation has private access and is located on the 1st floor. This briefly consists of 2 Double Bedrooms, Lounge, fitted kitchen, bathroom with separate shower cubicle and WC. There is a small private yard area with further storage facilities.

EXTERNAL

To the front of the property is a delightful al fresco patio area (circa 60+ covers plus standing) with lovely views of the surrounding rolling countryside. An Indian stone floor is complimented by wooden picnic benches and high poseur tables and stools making this a fabulous addition in the summer months. Also to the front is a lit smoking solution and the spacious patron’s lined car park and overflow with space for circa 40+ cars.

TRADING HOURS

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 - Fri 10am to 11pm

Saturday 10am to midnight

Sunday 11am to 11pm

Current opening hours are:

Mon/Tues Closed

Weds – Fri 12noon to 3pm

Weds – Fri 6pm to10pm

Saturday 12noon to 10.30pm

Sunday 12noon to 6pm

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.

GENERAL REMARKS

The property and business are being offered for sale freehold (although we have not had sight of the title deeds). We are advised that the inn benefits from Calor gas for cooking and heating and all other mains services are connected (no services seen or tested). Business rates payable are advised as currently being £NIL per annum.

We are advised that the inn benefits from Calor gas for cooking and heating and all other mains services are connected (no services seen or tested). Business rates payable are advised as currently being £NIL per annum.

THE BUSINESS

The current operator purchased the leasehold in September 2019 and has since operated a successful food led business with an outstanding reputation for offering high quality, locally sourced/home cooked food, drinks and local ales. The business is currently operated by the lessee assisted by 3 full time & circa 6 part time/casual members of staff. It sits at the heart of the local community however also attracts custom from the surrounding area. In addition to offering top quality food it also offers a vast selection of gins and enviable good end wines. We are advised that accounts to 31st March 2023 show a turnover of £397,976 (Incl VAT) achieved on a trade split of 80% Food sales and 20% Wet sales. New owners could continue to operate the business using the same successful formula or may wish to take the business to the next level. In our opinion this could be achieved by extending the opening hours, the introduction of live entertainment, BBQ’s, theme nights, Car/Bike nights etc whilst running alongside ideas from their business plan.

A Deed of Surrender will be put in place in order to provide vacant possession on completion of the freehold purchase.

Accounting information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.

Viewing appointments must be made by contacting Guy Simmonds on 01332-865112 or email at sales@guysimmonds.co.uk

Details prepared September 2023

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