Pubs in South West Hertfordshire which need a new landlord

It has been a difficult last 12 months for the hospitality industry and no businesses more so than pubs.

Coronavirus restrictions mean they’ve faced months of closures and even when the Government’s Tier system was in place many had to remain closed.

But we are certain our publicans will be able to bounce back once it is safe to do so – we’ll all be in need a pint that’s for sure.

Being a landlord is a dream job for many of us and whilst it is no doubt difficult, the rewards are great.

There is plenty of opportunities out there if you do fancy taking the plunge.

Here is a selection of what’s out there according to the findmypub.com website:

Old Shepherd

Hillingdon Times: The Old Shepherd (google street view)The Old Shepherd (google street view)

Address: Chorleywood Bottom, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 5JH

Ingoing cost: £5,000 

Rent: £20,000

Type: Tenancy / TAW

Accommodation: The private accommodation consists of two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and a bathroom.

Details: “The Old Shepherd is a detached 18th century, two-storey cottage style property (with later additions) set on a large plot close to a generally affluent, high-value residential area that is popular with commuters into London.

“The pub offers extensive trading areas in a linear format split into two rooms with a single inter-connecting servery, it is traditional in style and retains many period features.

“The Old Shepherd has a large south-facing beer garden with a large common to the front of the property providing an attractive almost semi-rural position. Car parking to the front of the premises and Chorleywood train station is just 500 yards away.”

Skew Bridge

Hillingdon Times: The Skew Bridge (google street view)The Skew Bridge (google street view)

Address: Southdown Road, Harpenden, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL5 1PQ

Ingoing cost: £6,750

Rent: £29,486

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: The private accommodation consists of three bedrooms and a private lounge.

Details: “Harpenden is a picturesque town in the district of St Albans, Hertfordshire, that is surrounded by beautiful greenery. The town has a rural feel but with good transport links to Luton, London and St Albans, you’re not far from the vibrancy of city life.

“The Skew Bridge sits at the heart of the town, ideally in a visible position just off Harpenden Common, and nestled amongst local housing and flats which allows the pub to benefit from both local and visitor footfall.

“The trading area consists of a snug lounge that can cater for up to 28 guests and has its own bar. It is the perfect place for an intimate dining experience or to enjoy a drink and catch up with friends. The pub also boasts a dining area with 32 covers, with an additional bar and tasty food this is ideal for larger group bookings.

“The pub benefits from a car park with space for up to 12 cars and also has a beautiful beer garden to its rear, which is a hub for locals to connect on a sunny day.”

Tudor Rose

Hillingdon Times: The Tudor Rose (google street view)The Tudor Rose (google street view)

Address: Long Chaulden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2HU

Ingoing cost: £10,600

Rent: £18,500

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: The private accommodation consist of three bedrooms, two doubles and a large single, a large living room, bathroom and kitchen.

Details: “The Tudor Rose is a large, attractive pub occupying a prime location in Long Chaulden, a community orientated village within Hemel Hempstead. Due to its excellent location and size, there is huge potential to further develop the current offer through food, drinks and entertainment.

“The pub is well presented throughout and has recently been redecorated. The landlords are now seeking an enthusiastic and customer-focused publican who realises the potential of this fantastic pub business opportunity.

“The Tudor Rose is a large open plan pub with two bars, decorated and furnished to a good standard, capable of accommodating approximately 50 covers. The spacious lounge is perfect for live entertainment and lends itself to being utilised as a private hire function room. The second bar is traditional in style and is equipped with a pool table and darts throw. This bar is popular with those simply looking to relax with drinks as the servery hosts cask ales as well as international brands.

“A compact, yet well-equipped trade kitchen is perfect for supporting a traditional menu as well as a carvery. There is additional space in the accommodation which could be used as a preparation area if required.

“To the front of the pub, there is a beautifully maintained patio with benches and parasols. Further bench seating is available in the landscaped beer garden along the side of the pub, which is better suited to families. There is a small public car park adjacent to the pub and space at the rear for private parking.”

Old Chequers

Hillingdon Times: The Old Chequers (google street view)The Old Chequers (google street view)

Address: Gaddesden Row, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 6HH

Ingoing cost: £84,133

Rent: £32,500

Type: Lease

Accommodation: The private accommodation consists of four double bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom and shower room. This is on the first floor. There is a private garden to the rear with lean-to store, storage shed and greenhouse.

Details: “Old Chequers is a stunning county pub, nestled in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside. Located in the historic Gaddesden Estate. Close by is Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Berkhamsted. It’s accessible from the M1 and M25. Although the pub’s location is still secluded enough for that perfect destination pub.

“The Old Chequers is a stunning rustic pub decorated to a high standard. Boasting exposed brick, timber-clad walls, open fireplace, and a prominent wooden bar.

“As you come into the pub you walk into the large bar and lounge area. This can cater for 30 covers. To the rear is the restaurant dining area with a mixture of fixed and loose seating for an extra 60 covers. There is a large commercial kitchen split into two rooms, both with extraction. Downstairs is the basement cellar.

“The Old Chequers has a very large outside trading area. This has enclosed patio seating area with raised planters. This would be a great space for families to enjoy. It could also be a perfect space for hosting beer festivals, weddings and functions. There is a dedicated car park to the front of the building providing 15 marked spaces.”

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