Leasehold Pubs for Sale South England
Buyers looking for leasehold pubs for sale in the south of England, are spoiled for choice. South England offers all types of leasehold pubs for sale, from busy town and city pubs to quiet country pubs, from real ale pubs to gastro pubs, to fun pubs and themed pubs; whatever type of leasehold pub you are looking for, we will have something to suit.
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UK Pub Sales specialise in the sale of pubs, restaurants and hotels throughout the UK. The majority of pubs we list are leasehold, but we also offer for sale a good number of freehold pubs, as well as restaurants for sale, hotels and bed and breakfasts for sale, night clubs and other licensed premises.
What are leasehold pubs?
Leasehold pubs are rented, usually for periods of up to 5 years at a time. The person running the pub does not own the building, the building is usually owned by a larger pub company. Often with a leasehold pub, it is quite usual for that company who owns the freehold to restrict what can be sold on the premises to its own products. A pub leased from Charles Wells for example, may only sell Charles Wells’ products. This is known as a “tied pub” arrangement. It is also the case that with a freehold pub, the landlord is restricted in what they can and can’t do to improve the building. They can’t for example make extensive alterations so have to work with what they have got.
Leasing a pub is still an attractive proposition for many. The initial outlay is kept low, generally around 20 to 30 thousand pounds and lessees are given a programme of on-going support and training. This is aimed at enticing people into the business and providing them with all the tools they need, to create a future for themselves within the pub trade. Having gained experience in a leasehold pub, landlords may well go on to buying a freehold pub later down the line.
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Buying a pub in South England
South England is comprised of the following counties: Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, and Wiltshire and if you are looking for pubs for sale in the south of England, any one of these counties could hold the key to your pub licensing future. Here we look at the different counties in South England.
Pubs for sale Berkshire
Berkshire is known as The Royal County of Berkshire, since it is the home of Windsor Castle. It is a dormitory county for London with many of its inhabitants commuting to the Capital on a daily basis. The city of Reading is its county town but other large towns within its bounds include Slough, Newbury and Wokingham. These larger towns are home to some large town centre pubs, which at weekends, are full of revellers, looking for cheap drinks and loud music. Further out of the town centres and the emphasis switches to family-centric entertainment. There are many idyllic country pubs that aim to feed and quench the thirsts of locals and visitors alike with fine foods and traditional ales. The Reading Festival changes things briefly but that aside, it is pretty much business as usual in this quiet and quite conservative of boroughs.
Pubs for sale Cornwall
If you are thinking of buying a pub in Cornwall, there are a number of options open to you. You could opt for a fast paced, quick turn around pub with loud music and a transient clientele, of the sort that you will find in Newquay, the surfing capitol of the UK. Or you may prefer a more sedate country pub, which prides itself on its fine food and traditional real ales. This type of pub is more likely to be found in a countryside location, or smaller coastal village such as the twin towns of Kingsand and Cawsand. Located near to the Devon border, these sleepy fishing villages have steep, windy streets, small sandy beaches and are surrounded by miles of beautiful countryside which is ideal walking territory. Whilst Cornwall does attract holidaymakers all year round, pubs in these touristy areas will see a much brisker trade during the summer months.
Alternatively larger towns in Cornwall such as St Ives, Falmouth and Penzance offer pubs for sale with a more steady year round trade due to the larger number of locals who live there. Falmouth is the busiest of these, due to the university and its large student population.
Pubs for sale Devon
Devon is located in the south west of England. It is the last county you get to before reaching Cornwall and like Cornwall, Devon has a coast to the north and south. The waters off both coasts are a little less choppy and as a result the beaches attract more families and couples. This is reflected in the pubs both on the coast and inland – which are often more food and family orientated.
Devon features wonderful countryside and scenery and is home to Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor and South Hams – all offering miles of beautiful countryside which attracts holidaymakers in their droves. Pubs for sale in these areas command premium prices, due to their ability to enjoy a strong year round trade.
Busy town centre and old English pubs can be found in Totnes, Ivybridge and Okehampton, as well as Plymouth, Devon’s university town and Exeter, Devon’s principal town. Here prospective landlords can choose from a wide range of establishments for sale, from pubs that service the younger crowd, to more upmarket wine bars and gastro pubs.
Pubs for sale Dorset
There are approximately 675 pubs and bars in Dorset, ranging from themed pubs in tourist spots to quiet country pubs who’s regulars like their real ales. Another popular tourist destination, its position in South England with warmer climes and beautiful rugged coastline attracts families and couples looking for a relaxing UK break.
Known as the Jurassic Coast, the coastline of East Devon and Dorset, is England’s first natural World Heritage Site. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history. Its world heritage status was achieved because the site offers a unique insight into Earth science. The area clearly describes a geological walk through time spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and evidence of this is now on display in the Lyme Regis Museum.
Bournemouth is Dorset’s biggest tourist draw with thousands of people flocking to its shores every year, making Bournemouth’s pubs busy all year round but especially during the summer. Bournemouth has plenty to keep its visitors entertained. As each season passes, more and more quality attractions and live entertainments come to the town and its culture of water sports, action and adventure continues to grow. Weymouth is another tourist town with a picturesque harbour, beautiful gardens, variety of shops and award winning sandy beach. It too gets much busier in the summer, but it large enough to enjoy a steady year round trade.
Dorchester is the county town of Devon, offering the visitor and its locals a wide choice of pubs and restaurants and has a year round tourist appeal.
Pubs for sale Hampshire
Hampshire is on the South coast of England and has a wide selection of pubs from vibrant student bars and clubs in Portsmouth and Southampton to more traditional, scenic pubs in the heart of the countryside and in some of the county’s picturesque market towns. A large number of real ale pubs can also be found in the county, with Ringwood town renowned for its real ales and is also home to Ringwood Brewery.
Hampshire has an abundant number of tourist attractions and draws in well over 7 million visitors a year to the stunning New Forest which is a National Park. There is plenty to keep the visitors entertained as Hampshire boasts the fantastic motor museum at Beaulieu, which draws in families and car buffs from all over the country. The Southampton Boat Show is a huge national event attracting visitors from across the UK. In 2003 Hampshire boasted 31 million day visitors and 4.2 million longer stays, so a pub here can be part of the tourist experience. Hampshire’s county town is the historic cathedral city of Winchester which was once the capital of England.
The county is quite affluent with the highest number of workforce concentration in the bustling areas of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester. Southampton boasts a lower than national average unemployment rate and Basingstoke has a large number of people employed in the business and finance sector.
Hampshire was the original birthplace of the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF and still has strong military links in Aldershot, Portsmouth and Farnborough. The county has a great mix of old and new and draws in the students, tourists and business clientele.
Pubs for sale Surrey
Surrey is in the Home Counties in the South East of England. If you are looking for a quiet rural location, Surrey is ideal as much of the county is in the Metropolitan Green belt, so it boasts many country pubs. It is a great place for rambling and horse riding, with a many footpaths and bridleways including the stunning North Downs Way, which has a long distance path. The county is a superb place to go for a long country walk followed by lunch or a pint at one of the attractive villages.
Adding to the picturesque nature of the county, Surrey is the most wooded county in England with 22.4 percent covered by woodland compared to the national average of 11.8 per cent. Among the county’s scenic spots are Box Hill, Leith Hill, Newlands Corner, Puttenham and Crooksbury Commons and Fresham Ponds. It also has two main rivers, which are Mole and Wey.
Surrey forms part of the London commuter belt. The more buzzy parts of Surrey are Guildford, which is the county town, and Woking, which have the largest populations in the county. For something more vibrant, here is also a large student population in Runnymede and Guildford as a result of Royal Holloway and Surrey University student campuses.
Many of the pubs for sale in Surrey occupy prime sites in lush greenbelt land or are set in busy, town centre locations, We have many pubs for sale in Surrey in areas closer to London such as Spelthorne, Runnymede, Elmbridge, Epsom and Reigate as well as pubs for sale in Guildford, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Mole Valley and Waverley.
Pubs for sale Sussex
Sussex is a historic county in the South East of England which boasts a wide variety of pubs for sale from scenic riverside public houses, rural eateries and vibrant bars and clubs in the popular holiday resort of Brighton.
Part of the London Commuter belt, Sussex is renowned for its bustling nightlife particularly in Brighton which is famed for its entertainment venues, gay bars and student hang-outs. It draws a large number of visitors in and around the UK each year and attracts tourists from overseas. It is best known for its coastal towns of Brighton, Worthing, Little Hampton, Shoreham-by-sea and Bognor Regis and enjoys the highest sunshine average in mainland Britain. If you are looking for a quieter venue, Sussex has several attractive rural areas and scenic spots such as the South Downs area.
Sussex also draws the student crowd from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.
Pubs for Sale Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a landlocked county in the South West of England which has a varied range of pubs for sale including pubs offering live music, attractive country venues and vibrant town pubs. Salisbury Plain is famous for ancient landmarks Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circles which draws in large number of visitors to the county each year who often drop in to one of the county’s many rural eateries for a pint and good home cooked food.
Tourists are also drawn to the county’s county houses such as Longleat near Warminster. Wootton Bassett is famous for being granted the Royal Patronage in March 2011 as a result of military funeral repatriations which pass through the town.
For those of you looking for a more lively establishment, Swindon is home to major employers such as Honda. The city of Salisbury, which has a medieval cathedral is also an attractive area for a pub as is Bradford-upon-Avon, which has historic buildings, a canal, shops, pubs, and restaurants which are hugely popular with tourists.