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Award winning pub, operating at the heart of the community and offering a welcoming atmosphere
Character main bar & restaurant • ‘jug & bottle’ sports bar • function room/skittle alley • fully equipped commercial kitchen • delightful 4 bed owners accommodation • trade beer garden • private owners garden • car park • courtyard
The property comprises of a two-storey detached property built in the late 18th century with a more recent extension to the east wing. The property sits in a rectangular site with trade and private gardens to the rear and car parking over two levels to the side. Internally the property benefits from 3 trading areas, a function/skittle alley, various back of house space including a full equipped commercial kitchen and a well presented owners flat on the first floor.
The property lies in the centre of the village of Milborne St Andrew. Milborne St Andrew is a central Dorset village situated in the Winterbourne valley on the Dorset Downs on the A354 road between Blandford and the busy A35 Dorset link road, 9 miles south west of Blandford. The village has a population of just over a thousand. Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England and is situated between Poole and Bridport on the A35 trunk road, approximately 8 miles South West of the Royal Oak. A historic market town, Dorchester is on the banks of the river Frome to the north of the South Dorset Ridgeway which separates the area from Weymouth, 7 miles to the south. The area is popular with tourists, and particularly walkers and cyclists, throughout the year and is within easy driving distant of many tourist attractions and historic places of interest. The South Coast is only 12 miles from the pub.
The premises comprise: -
Main trading area
Arranged over 2 levels with plenty of character and feature bay window to bar area.
With centrally positioned oak fronted and topped bar servery, exposed ceiling beams and painted tongue and groove panelling to dado height. Seating at a number of tables and upholstered chairs, with circa 14 covers. Part tiled floor, part carpeted.
On split level, continued in the same style as the bar providing circa 38-40 covers. Focal fireplace with cast iron wood burner, Carvery unit and access to the bar servery to the side with swing door to kitchen.
Ladies & gents cloakrooms
Bottle & jug bar (sports bar)
Traditionally presented Public Bar with beamed ceiling and separate bar servery. Access porch to the main road. 2 wall-mounted flat screen TV's, APW machine, carpeted.
Function room /skittle alleys
Situated to the rear of the property, also used as a family room and function space with up to 40 covers. Skittle run and equipment. Ladies and Gents cloakrooms off.
Situated over 2 levels. Well-equipped catering kitchen including Rationale combi oven, range, work benches and various refrigeration. Non-slip flooring, tiled walls and full extraction.
With commercial dishwasher, stainless steel shelving, microwaves etc.
Temperature controlled cellar
Located behind bar.
With washing machine and dryer. Separate entrance to the flat.
At ground floor with combi boiler.
Self contained first floor flat
Well-presented family accommodation with separate entrance. Particularly attractive modern fitted domestic kitchen/diner with central island unit. 2 double bedrooms and 2 single bedrooms. Family bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC.
Courtyard to the rear of the property with pub benches, store room off. Three further outside sheds/store rooms.
Walk-in refrigerator and walk-in freezer located externally under temporary timber structure.
Laid to lawn with summer house and decking.
Situated over 2 levels with children play equipment and pub bench seating.
Situated over 2 levels with space for circa 30 vehicles.
2017 List - £27,800. Please note this is not rates payable. For further information we advise you contact the local billing authority, North Dorset District Council.
The Royal Oak is a well-known and popular, family run local freehouse in the heart of Dorset.
The business is run very much as a community pub and offers great food, all at reasonable prices. The Royal Oak has a separate sports bar with darts board and 2 TV screens showing all the main sporting events. It also has a skittle alley frequented by many local teams and societies and doubles up as a function room for various celebrations, parties and events.
The pub has a varied menu with plenty of choice with the emphasis being on fresh, locally sourced ingredients providing quality traditional pub food. Once a month there is a 'all you can eat' pie night on the last Thursday of every month, as well as a monthly themed menu night. The Royal Oak is particularly well known for its carvery which is served on Fridays and Sundays and was recently voted the best Sunday lunch in Dorset! The carvery is available Friday lunchtimes, 12pm - 2:30pm, Friday evenings, 5:30pm- 8:30pm and all day on Sunday from 12pm - 8pm. The pub also enjoys excellent TripAdvisor reviews.
The business is operated by a husband and wife team, albeit at arm’s length, with a team of 3 full time kitchen/front of house staff and a compliment of approximately 12 part-time/casual staff.
The pub is open all day every day from 12pm to 11pm. The business trades strongly and filed a turnover of £446,229 ex VAT for Year End 31st December 2019. The food and wet sales are split approximately 55% in favour of food. The business is fully ‘free of tie’ and offers a good range of local beers and ales together with a wide variety of spirits, wines and soft drinks.
Further trading information will be provided following a formal viewing arranged through the Sole Selling agents Bettesworths.
To include furnishings and equipment as per an inventory but to exclude owners’ personal effects.
We have been advised the property is connected to all main services. The property benefits from CCTV.
Transfer of a going concern (TOGC)
The sale of the property includes the goodwill of the business and trade inventory and will be subject to Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (TUPE).
N.B. Whilst the property is being sold as a Transfer of a Going Concern (TOGC), the vendors would consider a share transfer of the existing limited company.
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