Favoured “watering hole” for “well-healed” locals with destination dining areas (40c)
Traditional lounge and snug bars (32c) decorated and furnished to good
Conservatory (28c) leads to large trade garden with patio in excellent keeping
Same owner 19 years – ideal for families – great schools & enviable “Royal life style”
4 double bedrooms with additional staff quarters and 1-bedroom holiday cottage
LOCATION (RG7 6LT)
Stanford Dingley, located in the North Wessex Downs "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" is known variously as "the Jewel in the Crown of Royal West Berkshire" and most certainly is! It has an enduring appeal, as evidenced by the fact that it has had a church for over a thousand years and this quaint 300-year-old Inn. Lying equidistant between Reading and Newbury, the earliest map, dated1838 shows most of the village centred on the River Pang.
With the village a popular locale for those working in the city of London and nearby “Home County” conurbations. It is an accessible but quiet location just to the west of Reading, which is about 8.5 miles away as the crow flies. It is located in the Thames Valley on the road between the A4 Bath Road and the M4 Motorway, between Newbury and Theale.
The locale & Inn attracted attention worldwide in 2011 when Catherine Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was married to Prince William. Both Royals have been known to use “The Old Boot” as well as many of the extended Middleton family. It has been recorded that Catherine's sister Pippa carried the Haggis into the bar whilst accompanied by bagpipes on one of the pub's celebrated Burn's Night occasions.
What the customers say...
“We were walking in the area and just got lucky. We were going to stop wherever we were at about 1pm for a bite of lunch and got lucky. The Old Boot is a delightful pub in the truest sense. We walked in and were welcomed, as was our dog, by two delightful young ladies and sat by the fire to drink a pot of local brew. They then pandered to our every need, producing and astoundingly good meal for a fairly basic seeming pub. The locals were friendly, the fire was warm and we found it difficult dragging ourselves away”.
“What a find. A Stylish 18th-c pub with old pews, settles, country chairs and polished tables in beamed bar, inglenook log fire, striking pictures, hunting prints and boot ornaments, West Berkshire Good Old Boy and a guest, several wines by the glass and popular food, conservatory-style restaurant; free Wi-Fi; children and dogs (in bar) welcome, picnic-sets out at front and in large suntrap garden behind with pleasant rural views, lovely village, and open all day weekends. You truly never know who will be sat on the next table to you.”
This 18th century freehold property stands detached in its own grounds. Whitewashed and with brick-built construction, the property is covered with a tiled ridge roof. On the ground floor, the beamed carpeted MAIN BAR AREA (22c + counter) has plain white walls and an assortment of wooden tables, chairs, settles and stools around a mahogany-topped brick-built bar service counter and an attractive real fireplace. A selection of blackboards are hung featuring the menus of the day. To the right lies a cosy SNUG BAR (10c + counter) in similar decoration with an additional real fire and LADIES & GENTS TOILETS off. To the left is located an attractive beamed DINING AREA (12c) with a polished wood boarded floor and wooden furniture. Additional dining is provided by a rear CONSERVATORY RESTAURANT (28c) off with fitted roof blinds and similar furniture on a ceramic slab floor. Other ground floor trade areas include a fully fitted CATERING KITCHEN with a utility area off. There is a refrigerated BASEMENT COLD BEER CELLAR with bottle storage area off.
On the first floor are located 4 comfortable double BEDROOMS (1 with en suite), a separate KITCHEN, a BATHROOM with WC and OFFICE. There is further Attic storage space. There is scope to use the first floor for letting purposes with the owner/manager utilizing the exterior cottage. (Which attracts a monthly rent of £1,000)
To the right of the property is found an attractive matching COTTAGE letting unit, with G/F bedroom, bathroom and WC and upstairs open-plan kitchen and lounge. A weather boarded UTILITY STORE building features 2 walk-in cold rooms, a DRY STORE and STAFF ACCOMMODATION featuring a bedroom, bathroom and WC. At the rear of the premises lies a stoneware slab based TRADE PATIO with tables and chairs for approximately 20 covers. There is an attractive feature of a brick-built well with roof. The large grassed TRADE GARDEN AREA has a quantity of wooden picnic tables, a dovecote and storage shed. The sun sets over the front of the property, so draws those wishing to capture the last of the day’s rays and warmth and enjoy an Olde English Pub as we like to remember them. The front of the premises provides a tarmacadam SEATING AREA with space for 2 further picnic tables and flower tubs. Over the road lies a large CAR PARK with ample car parking space.
We are advised that the business has a Premises licence that allows opening of 11am through till 11pm all week. However, actual trading hours run from 11am 'til 3pm then 6pm 'til 11pm Monday to Friday and 11am 'til 11pm Saturday and Sunday. Our client chooses not to open through the afternoons during the week so leaving an obvious opportunity for utilising currently underused hours if so desired. A Personal License will be required and our training associates can assist with this for you.
We are instructed to offer the property and business for sale as TOTALLY FREEHOLD
We are advised that the pub benefits from water, sewage & electric connected and cooking & heating by LPG. Business rates payable of £11,045.27 p.a. Council Tax Band D
The business has been owned by our client for 19 years and has enjoyed a smashing life style and robust income from their efforts. Gently Trading with Sales are running at circa £338,931 p.a. inc vat on a split of 50% Wet to 50% Dry returning an overall 56% GP (£150,804 + £12,000 p/a cottage rental). Our client is a retiring sole operator and thus note should be made of additional staff wages necessary in this situation. The business would well suit a couple, a family or partnership of hands-on operators who can take full advantage of its Cinergy with its “rich and famous” clientele noted as the most photographed in the World
THIS IS A EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A QUALTY ENGLISH PUB WITHIN A WORLD RENOWNED LOCALE. EARLY VIEWING IS RECOMMENDED TO SNAP UP THIS TRUE GOLD STANDARD GEM OF A BUSINESS.
Accounts information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.
Our associate will be pleased to advise and assist in the purchase of this outstanding business.
The Property was viewed by Graham Allman who will be delighted to discuss the opportunity with you 7 days a week on 7765 251 208.
Viewings appointments can be made via one of GA-SELECT Business Managers on 01530 41 41 40 who can also refer you to experienced solicitors, accountants, and other trade experts.
Highly affluent Lambourn, Berkshire Substantial Grade II listed pub ...More Details
Character Village Public HouseGrade II Listed Large beer gardenSubstantial trade kitchen Two outbuildings u...More Details
Charming unopposed village freehouse with foodDesirable west Berkshire village near the Lambourn DownsAfflu...More Details