Ickleton Lion

9 Abbey Street, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1SS


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Pub overview

The only pub in the village! A lovely traditional village food pub, recently invested.

The Ickleton Lion is very well supported by the local community sports teams and societies, as well as being a popular location for destination food and functions. The investment in 2017 updated the interior, creating a locals bar and a unique snug area with log burning fire.

The Ickleton Lion is located just 5 miles from Saffron Walden in the beautiful village of Ickleton. It is rumoured that this beautiful pub has been the centre of village life for over 300 years, previously known as the Lion, and the Red Lion. This pub delivers a food offer based upon pub classics done well with the scope for a point of difference! If you are looking for a quintessential British village pub, this is the one for you. A warm welcome, great food, wide selection of ales, wines and gins, a welcoming beer garden or an open fire. What more could you ask for?!

One bar serves the whole pub, which has a separate dining area and snug. Externally there is a large beer garden, perfect to accommodate in the summer months.

Trade space
Bars 1
Car park spaces 12
Dining rooms 1
Food covers40
Function rooms 1
Gardens 1
Trade kitchens 1

Accommodation includes two bedrooms in the main accommodation and two smaller loft rooms with a separate private kitchen.

Private space
Private Rooms9
Single Bedrooms2
Double bedrooms2
Private Kitchen1

Rent information

Annual rent£40,000 per annum
Weekly rent£769.23 per week fixed

£40,000 per annum, £769.23 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 £22,650 which includes 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). Fixtures & Fittings subject to valuation.

Deposit£6,000Stocktaking fees£150
Fixtures & fittings£8,000Working capital£5,000
Other costs£2,000Total entry cost£22,650

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)
Volume notes


Ickleton is a village of some 650 people on the Cambridgeshire / Essex border. Cambridge lies about 9 miles to the north, and Saffron Walden about 5 miles to the south. The river Cam forms the eastern border of the village.


Trade bar
Car park
Dining area
Function room
Pub garden
Trade kitchen

Current premises licence opening hours

Sunday - Thursday 10.00 - 00.30 Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 01.00

Contact Us

Sarah Barron

Business Development Manager

Call the Recruitment team on 01284 714 497

Apply online
“ The Ickleton Lion is a traditional food pub, the only pub in the heart of a picturesque village, situated 9 miles south of Cambridge. Well supported locally, there is a great opportunity here to grow both food and beer sales. ”