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Trap, Alnwick

Morpeth, NE65 9UT

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  • Idyllic village location close to the coast
  • Stunning property with five letting rooms
  • Separate function room

The Trap is a charming countryside getaway, nestled in the scenic village of Broomhill. Its location near the coastal route leading to historic landmarks like Wark, Alnwick, and Bamburgh Castle makes it an ideal stopover for travellers exploring the Northumberland region. Being just 25 miles north of Newcastle and conveniently accessible from the A1 motorway, it offers easy access for both locals and tourists alike. The pub’s offerings, from letting rooms to great food and real ales, cater to various tastes and needs, making it a hub for relaxation and indulgence and with high levels of occupancy achieved during the peak season from Easter to late October, The Trap seems to be a popular choice among visitors seeking a cosy retreat in the countryside. Its blend of rustic charm, excellent service, and strategic location makes it a gem worth discovering for anyone passing through or looking to explore the picturesque surroundings.

Pub Layout

The Trap benefits from a large bar on entry to the property – to the right is a comfortable seated area with the latest newspapers to read or take a bar meal if you wish. The main bar  showcases a great range of products from real ales to fine whiskies, gins and wines. To the left is a sports viewing area and a collection of  pool tables for customers to enjoy. The rear of the pub houses a large restaurant/ function room which leads onto the commercial kitchen. The function room can easily cater for a decent size wedding, large parties and live entertainment in  high season.

The Trap is a quintessential countryside pub where locals and tourists alike can come together to enjoy the warm hospitality and a wide selection of beverages. The addition of quality real ales, an extensive beer and lager range, along with a selection of superb whiskies and gins, reflects a commitment to keeping up with current trends and catering to diverse tastes. The integration of social media platforms like, Facebook, and Twitter to promote the letting rooms ensures that travellers are well-informed about the accommodations available at The Trap. Once guests arrive and experience the welcoming atmosphere first hand, they’ll discover that they’ve stumbled upon more than just a place to stay—it’s a genuine Northumberland pub experience. From indulging in home-cooked meals paired with wines from the carefully curated list to catching live sports or engaging in a game of pool, guests have plenty of options to unwind and immerse themselves in the local culture.

Private Accommodation

The licensees flat is well appointed and benefits from two large bedrooms, bathroom, large kitchen and living area.

Letting Accommodation

The Trap’s five private letting rooms offer a comfortable and convenient accommodation option for guests seeking a cosy stay above the lively pub atmosphere. Each room is thoughtfully designed to cater to different group sizes and preferences:

  1. Room One: Ideal for families, this spacious room features a double bed and two single beds, along with the convenience of an en-suite bathroom.
  2. Room Two: Another family-friendly option, this room offers a king-sized bed and a single bed, along with an en-suite shower room for added comfort and privacy.
  3. Room Three: Perfect for solo travellers, this single room provides a cosy retreat with a single bed and an en-suite shower room.
  4. Room Four: Offering flexibility for guests traveling together, this twin room includes two single beds and an en-suite shower room, ensuring a comfortable stay.
  5. Room Five: Similar to Room Four, this twin room also features two single beds and an en-suite shower room, providing ample space for guests to relax and unwind.

Annual Rent: £25,000

Security Deposit: £5,000

Working Capital: £2,500

Stock: £2,000

Fixtures and Fittings: To be confirmed upon valuation –  funding options may be 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.

Finding the right licensee to take over The Trap is crucial for maintaining its reputation as a beloved countryside pub with excellent letting accommodation and a delicious menu. Emphasizing the quality letting details, promoting locally and to visitors, crafting an attractive menu, creating a cosy and welcoming atmosphere and engaging with the local community, supporting local events, participating on community initiatives and building relationships will contribute to the pubs success. Admiral Taverns are looking for a licensee who is passionate about hospitality, committed to maintaining the pub’s charm, and eager to capitalize on its potential as a destination for both locals and visitors will be key to ensuring The Trap continues to thrive.

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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