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The Dog & Gun is a detached property located on a large plot, predominantly located on the main road through the village of Bearpark. The pub benefits from being the only one in the village, sharing its trade with the local social club. Bearpark is a quaint “pit village” which is densely populated with more new build estates currently under construction, located just outside of Durham City Centre.
The customers are working class in nature, but the building of modern housing locally does mean that a more aspirational demographic is arriving into the area.
The Dog and Gun is a good-sized warm and cosy outlet. On entering the pub you are welcomed by a large horseshoe bar situated in the heart of the pub, servicing all areas. Around the bar is an open plan lounge area with a mixture of fixed and loose seating, along with bar stools and tables. To the left-hand side exists a separate games room housing a pool table and darts board. Through the lounge there is access to the outside area which is split on two levels. On leaving the rear of the pub there is a paved patio area with steps up the garden. The garden is a very good size and is enclosed so is a superb family space which is safe for children and dogs. There are a number of picnic benches which present a great opportunity for outside community events. The Dog & Gun also benefits from a good-sized car park providing space for around 10 vehicles.
The Dog and Gun is a traditional village local pub and serves the locals extremely well. The product mix offers something for everyone but there is a feeling that this could be stretched to widen the portfolio to attract a larger base of new customers. The size of the pub definitely goes in its favour with room for live entertainment and events along with local sports teams. Additionally, live sports could be offered especially with a subscription to SKY or BT Sports which would potentially offer great value to the licensee owing to the low rateable value of the pub.
The private accommodation is extremely spacious comprising: four bedrooms, three hallways, kitchen, lounge and bathroom. The accommodation can be accessed through the pub or through an external door from the car park.
Annual Rent: £8,000
Security Deposit: £6,000
Working Capital: £5,000
Fixtures and Fittings: Upon Valuation – funding options available for the right licensee.
Tie: All drinks categories are tied. For fully funded licensees on long term agreements, we offer free-of-tie options for certain drinks categories in exchange for an annual fee.
Training: £250 plus VAT
For a breakdown on financial information, please refer to the ‘Additional Info’ tab.
Bearpark is not the largest village one might encounter. However, it should be able to support one well run pub. The pub currently attracts a limited audience owing to a limited brand range and the restricted opening hours however there is huge potential to change the overall retail offer to engage with new and old customers.
If the Dog and Gun can attract a commercially driven, motivated and business focused licensee then the pub will have a good future.
Annual Rent – This is our lowest rent figure associated with a Full Tie. If the tie is reduced the effective rent (via Tie Release Fees) will increase. Rent is billed and paid for weekly in advance depending on the payment terms agreed)
Security Deposit – This sum of money will be held on your account and will be returned to you on exiting of the pub based on your final account balance and the condition of the property
Working Capital – This is a recommend amount required which will be used in the day-to-day running of the business
Stock – This will be valued by an independent valuer on the day you take over the pub. This includes unbranded glassware, unopened bottles, wines, spirits, any unopened / opened kegs and cask ale providing the container is unopened
Fixtures & Fittings – This includes any item that is bolted to the floor or walls, and a fitting to be any item that is free standing or hung by a nail or hook. This will also include furniture
Training – This is required when taking on a Business Support Agreement. Included is an e-learning package for you and your staff and attendance to our ‘Set Up To Succeed’ workshop held at our Head Office in Chester. Please note, you will be required to attend this workshop before signing a long term tenancy agreement.