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Thornely Arms, Dodworth

Dodworth, S75 3RG

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Agreement Type

  • Great Location In A Residential Area
  • Strong Established Community Trade
  • Popular Established Pub Sports Teams

Dodworth is a small town on the outskirts of Barnsley and a former coal mining village with approximately 5,800 people. It has its own social circle with a number of hospitality venues. The Thornely is an old traditional pub, built of stone with a slate tiled apex roof. Benefiting from local shops nearby, this pub is built over two floors and sits within a large footprint. It is very much part of the local community and benefits from games nights and is also involved in community events.

Pub Layout

The pub is split into three main trading areas, served by a single bar. The first area is a traditional “tap-room” with dartboard and TV with a mixture of fixed and loose seating, from here a separate games room can be found with a pool table and additional seating. The third room is a lounge bar for relaxed drinking. To the rear of the pub is an enclosed lawned beer garden with wooden benches and a small car park to the front of the pub

The Thornely trades as a wet-led community local pub. Very much integrated into village life the pub has established pub sports teams and the cask ale offer is very popular.  The beer garden is a real sun trap in the warmer months, providing an additional trading boost.

Private Accommodation

The site benefits from a large living room, 3 bedrooms, family size and a large family sized bathroom.

Annual Rent: £14,500

Security Deposit: £5,000

Working Capital: £3,000

Stock: £2,000

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: £325 plus VAT

For a breakdown on financial information, please refer to the ‘Additional Info’ tab.

This would suit someone with a keen interest in the local community, must be able to participate in the pub teams (pool & darts) and also have a key eye for standards and service.


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). On occasion, our Business Development Manager will discuss a start up rent which is discretionary to an individual pub and can be discussed.

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.  Our standard deposit is 25% of the headline rent.  On occasion, we can negotiate a lower security deposit with the aim to build up to our full deposit on a long term agreement.

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.

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 – Before signing a long term agreement, you will be required to attend our 7 Steps to Sales Success training programme.  Held online over three days, you will learn marketing and business strategies that will help you to grow sales in your pub – step-by-step.

Service Charge Cost – £60.89 per week – The Admiral Taverns Premium Maintenance Package will help take care of your compliance and statutory obligations with one simple fee, whilst giving you piece of mind about your boiler and cellar cooling repair and replacement.  This also includes full access to e-learning for you and your staff.

*Zero Business Rates – Based on the April 2023 rating list, the Nil Rates Payable is based on small business rates relief being applied and the licensee only occupying one property for commercial purposes.  Please note, this only applies to pubs marked with an Asterix *

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