Pub Tenancies – Spotlight on Norfolk & Suffolk
Date added: Mon, 30/04/2018 - 10:00
As one of the biggest food producing areas of the UK, the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk enjoy a thriving local food and drinks industry involving everything from turkeys to wine. Not surprisingly, it is an area where food festivals and events attract large numbers of customers, keen to enjoy high quality produce. Combined with a substantial tourist market and a buoyant business environment, it is a great location for developing a successful pub.
With a combined population of over 1.5m, Norfolk and Suffolk is highly rated as a place to live and work. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list includes locations like Hadleigh and Bungay in its top towns in East Anglia. There are also many other prosperous and attractive market towns, as well as the two county cities of Norwich and Ipswich.
Much of the area is rural, with several areas of outstanding natural beauty including the extensive coastlines and the Norfolk Broads. Norfolk is also a royal county, containing the country homes of HM The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
What’s Going For Norfolk And Suffolk?
The two counties are popular tourist destinations attracting visitors to coastal resorts like Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Hunstanton as well as open beaches such as Holkham and Walberswick. The lakes and rivers of the Norfolk Broads are a popular venue for those seeking a water based holiday. There are a plethora of heritage sites ranging from towns like Bury St Edmunds and Kings Lynn to the historic houses of Ickworth, Blickling and Sandringham. Thousands of people descend on the area every year to watch the Guineas and July Festival races at Newmarket, the home of horse racing. Other courses can be found at Great Yarmouth and Fakenham.
Transport connections are also good including an international airport at Norwich offering fast links to Europe and other UK cities. Stansted Airport, the UK’s fourth largest airport, is within easy driving distance.
It is an area which experiences less rain than most other areas of the UK, especially during the summer. However, the closeness of the North Sea means that winter temperatures can be low. Outdoor activities and sports especially walking are popular all year round.
Food & Drink
This is an area where there are lots of independent food producers and active food marketing organisations, keen to promote local food and drink. The range of food is extensive and includes award winning cheeses and wines, plus Cromer crabs and Corkers crisps. Suffolk is also home to the Greene King brewery, where we have been brewing ale in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years.
All this makes the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk attractive places to run a hospitality business, and a pub tenancy or lease is an ideal way to do it.
3 Great Pubs In Norfolk And Suffolk
If you are ready to run your own business and want to find a pub to let in Norfolk or a great pub tenancy in Suffolk, take a look at some of the pubs that are currently available at Greene King.
To get started, fill in our online application form. As soon as we receive this, we will get in touch and arrange a meeting to discuss the range of opportunities we have available.
Just to give an idea of the type of pubs we have available, have a look at the pubs below. Please note these were available at the time of publishing, but may now have a new licensee. However this should give you a flavour of the type of pubs we have in this part of the country.
The George, Hadleigh
This is a very charming, listed, coaching inn located in a historic part of Hadleigh in Suffolk. It is in a prime position to attract customers as it is situated in the main thoroughfare. The bar faces directly onto the high street, and there is a separate dining area providing space for 75 covers. A sheltered courtyard garden is situated at the back of the inn, providing a great place to relax.
The George is well known for its food offer, attracting a regular clientele for meals, morning coffee and drinks. It is a very popular town pub offering scope for development with regard to its food and function provision.
The Pykkerell is a historic Suffolk coaching inn within a busy village that still has many of its local services including police station, fire station and surgery. The building possesses a lot of character and superb facilities including bars with open fireplaces, a large restaurant, a function room and accommodation for letting. There is scope to increase the number of en-suite rooms, as this is a popular facility among business people during the week and walkers/ramblers exploring the countryside at weekends.
During the summer months, many customers enjoy relaxing with a drink outside in the pretty courtyard. On a busy day, there can be up to 80 people at the courtyard tables. This is a pub with considerable potential for growth, to create a destination business as well as a community venue attracting custom from all the surrounding villages and the nearby RAF Honington, plus events held locally at Euston House, home of the Duke of Grafham.
If you’re interested in taking a pub tenancy in Norfolk or Suffolk please contact our team or complete the online application form to get started.