Chequers

33 Queen Street, Stotfold, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 4NX

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Pub overview

This is a well-established village pub with a great reputation for its food and friendly atmosphere.

A very well presented site, the Chequers in Stotfold has everything a great British pub should; large restaurant, car park, play area, and large garden. We are looking for a community focused operator who will embed themselves into this growing village. The ability to deliver good quality food in a warm and welcoming drinking environment will be key to maximise the fantastic facilities the site enjoys. The garden is a real asset to this business, with a children's play area, bespoke pizza oven and patio area.

It is thought that a village pub has stood on the site of the Chequers since 1645, and this pub really deserves to be the best pub in the village.

The successful operator should be someone who is truly community focused and enjoys hosting traditional events, such as quiz nights, live music, beer festivals and building on traditional events such as the Working Steam Weekend. This is a pub which needs the landlord and landlady to be the heart of the business and the hub of the community.

The trading area is made up of two bars. There is the lounge bar which has beams, a large fire place, approximately 16 seats and a dining room running off it. The dining room has a large patio leading to a large garden, which has a safe play area for children with climbing frames and there is car parking for approximately 30 cars. Food is served throughout the pub with circa 80 covers available. The main bar is a good size and offers a lovely environment for casual drinks. There is an outdoor pizza oven as well that is popular in the summer.

Trade space
Bars 2
Car park spaces 30
Child play areas 1
Dining rooms 1
Food covers60
Gardens 1
Trade kitchens 1
Patio areas 1

The accommodation is in very good condition and would be well suited to both couples and families, compromising of 3 double bedrooms, a private bathroom, toilet and a lounge area.

Private space
Private Rooms7
Lounge1
Double bedrooms3
Bathrooms1
Toilets1
Office1

Rent information

Annual rent£38,000 per annum
Weekly rent£730.77 per week fixed
Notes

£38,000 per annum, £730.77 per week fixed and subject to annual RPI increase, which is capped. Paid weekly by direct debit.
Machine income free of tie.

Entry costs approx £27,050 which includes fixtures and fittings, stock, glassware, crockery, cutlery, fuel and cleaning materials, legal, brokers and stocktaking fees, training fees, schedule of conditions, working capital and deposit (25% of head rent, minimum £6,000). *Please note that the F&F is shown as a 25% deposit of the full estimated cost. An Assisted Purchase agreement may be available for the right operator.

Brokers£675Legal£825
Deposit£6,000Stocktaking fees£150
Fixtures & fittings£5,750Working capital£7,500
Other costs£6,150Total entry cost£27,050

Agreement description

Standard Tenancy Agreement
A fixed 5 year term agreement which is contracted out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
•Tie variations available
•Rent set at the start of the agreement, subject to the annual Retail Prices Index (RPI) which is capped
•Flexible pricing options available
•Greene King is responsible for the structure of the building
•Ability to end agreement with 6 months notice at any time with standard notice fee equal to 3 months rent

You will need to estimate the turnover you expect to achieve from the pub, with regard to food and accommodation (if applicable). Barrelage figures are given to assist you with calculations.

Calculators to help you are available on the business planning section of our website.

Trading volumes

YearBeer (Brls)Wine & spirits (Ltrs)Minerals (Ltrs)
2017/181882,4575,774
2016/172513,5689,815
2015/162804,56410,293
Volume notes

Location

Stotfold is a growing town situated on the Hertfordshire / Bedfordshire border. The population is increasing as new, large developments are completed. Places of interest include Stotfold Mill, Stotfold Watermill Nature Reserve, St Mary's Church, 4 recreation areas and a shopping centre.

Facilities

Trade bar
Car park
Play area
Dining area
Pub garden
Trade kitchen
Trade patio

Current premises licence opening hours

Monday to Saturday - 10:00 - 00:30 Sunday 11:00 - 00:30

Contact Us

Sarah Barron

Business Development Manager

Call the Recruitment team on 01284 714 497

Apply online
“ The Chequers is a beautifully presented village pub occupying a large corner plot with car parking for about 30 cars. This site is a good size and should be the best pub in the village. We need someone new to take this already established business to the next level. ”