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Bear, Bedford

Bedford, MK40 1NN

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Agreement Type

Operator Managed
  • Recently refurbished
  • Enclosed bar garden
  • Strong trading history

The Bear has undergone a remarkable transformational investment of £250,000 breathing a new lease of life both externally & internally into this great pub. The pub is located just outside of Bedford town centre, on the main high street. Bedford has strong transport links to London, with a nearby train station that takes you into London St Pancras International. Nearby is a college, supermarket, and lots of other essential amenities. Due to its fantastic high street location the Bear benefits from consistent flow of customers and a strong presence in the local social scene.

Pub Layout

The Pub has been revitalized in every aspect, ensuring that it retains its charm while seamlessly incorporating modern design elements. Carefully balancing the space so it feels vibrant and inviting, making it a great community pub. It has various seating options with both loose and fixed, creating distinct areas within the space. The bar is prominent and services all areas and is carefully positioned for ease of service on those busy nights it has a varied product range featuring a great selection of category leading products, complemented by numerous regular weekly promotions, customers can expect exceptional value for their money. There is a pool table to the rear of the pub which is regularly enjoyed by the locals and the new operator would want to encourage pool teams to play in the local league. Externally the enclosed garden has been transformed making in a welcoming space to enjoy drink in the summer months, the area can hold around 30 people.

The Bear is a well supported community pub, it has a varied customer base which requires a varied rhythm of the week. Whilst music is popular already at the pub its important to ensure all customers are catered for with a variety of music styles, open mic nights are already popular at the pub but looking at diversifying the range of music is essential. Bedford is home to a Superb university and there is a great student clientele that should be catered for. Having strong marketing skills is essential for effectively promoting and growing the business this ensures that the pub reaches its target audience and remains competitive in the market. The pub should look at engaging in a weekly quiz night and board games nights during the week days too as these are popular in the current market and this would bring something different to the pub mid week. By staying attuned to the needs and preferences of its diverse customer base and continually innovating with its offerings and marketing strategies, The Bear can maintain its strong presence in the local market and continue to thrive as a hub of community.

Private Accommodation

The private accommodation has also undergone investment and well-equipped living space suitable for individuals or family consists of three bedrooms, a lounge area, bathroom, and a domestic kitchen. This is over three floors and is very spacious.

Security deposit: £2,000

No rent applicable on this agreement

This opportunity is for you to run your pub as a self-employed manager. Admiral Taverns take care of all the running costs including rates, utilities, stock and day to day running costs whilst you take home 18.5% of the net weekly sales, all employment costs relating to your staff and any council tax and TV licence for the residential quarters.

All new operators have comprehensive free training as part of their agreement.

  • 7 Steps to Sales Success Training Programme.  Held online over two days, you will learn marketing and business strategies that will help you to grow sales in your pub – step-by-step.
  • E-Learning Training for you and your staff. Featuring more than 30 courses for both you and your staff, you’ll have access to a wide range of topics from Compliance, Health and Safety to Personal Development and Wellbeing.

Paul Jackson the Business Development Manager is seeking an experienced high street operator who is deeply passionate and driven. Previous success in managing a similar style of pub is an essential requirement. We value a strong track record in the industry and a genuine enthusiasm for delivering exceptional customer experience. Additionally, a commitment to keeping the community at the forefront of all your initiatives and decisions is paramount. This community-centred approach is integral to our vision and values.

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