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Substantial Village Freehouse In Dorset For Sale

Dorset, UK
Asking Price:
£750,000 Furniture / Fixtures included
Sales Revenue:
£500K - £1M
Cash Flow:
Available on request

The property

The Royal Oak is a well-presented Grade II Listed character village free house with origins dating back around 400 years. This detached character property occupies a substantial site in the centre of the village and benefits from a landmark trading position adjacent to the A354 and is unopposed in the village.
This well-appointed village inn retains many attractive character features and briefly comprises:- character Main Restaurant Area (50+), sports/public bar (20+), Skittle Alley/Function Room (40+), Commercial Catering Kitchen with ancillary facilities. Above average 4-bedroom Owners Accommodation with private front door access, kitchen/diner, sitting room, bathroom & private roof terrace.
Externally the property benefits from a substantial Customer Car Park with space for 30+ vehicles, and an impressive lawned trade garden private owners garden with summer house & tree house. Separate kitchen garden with several sheds & outbuildings and walk in fridge & freezer.
An internal inspection is strongly recommended in order to fully appreciate all that this deceptively spacious and superior village inn has to offer.


The property lies in the centre of the village of Milborne St Andrew.
Milborne St Andrew is a central Dorset village lying between the towns of Blandford & Dorchester. The property fronts the main A354, adjacent to a motor vehicle dealers, and opposite a guest house / B&B. The village’s other facilities, including a post office, convenience store, church, doctors surgery & first school, it is a thriving village

Public Areas

Restaurant - With separate entrance from front, and also from car park to side via lobby. Wood-burning stove, servery counter, providing 40+ covers.
Restaurant Bar - Bar counter, bay window to front, 15+ covers plus bar stools.
Ladies off Restaurant -Fully tiled walls and flooring. Two WC's and one wash hand basin.
Gents off Restaurant - Fully tiled walls and flooring. One WC and one wash hand basin.
Public/sports Bar -Traditional public bar, beamed ceiling, bar counter 20+ covers. Door to street.
Ladies off Public Bar - With WC and wash hand basin.
Gents off Public Bar - With urinal slab, WC and wash hand basin.
Function room/ skittle alley Large open plan family / function / party room. With central skittle alley, ceiling projector and screen. Provides maximum 40 covers for events.

Service Areas

Office / Store - Located off function room.

Kitchen - Commercial kitchen, altro type flooring, tiled walls, extraction system. Equipment includes six ring burner over and side griddles, two ovens, rational oven, two microwaves.
Wash-up / Prep -Altro type flooring, dishwasher, two microwaves, under counter chillers / freezers.
Laundry RooM - Located off kitchen with washing machine and dryer.
Cellar - Chilled cellar located behind bar.
Walk-in Refrigerator and Freezer - Located externally under temporary timber structure.

Residential Accommodation
The residential accommodation is accessed from the ground floor, with entrances from the side corridor and also directly from the rear yard are, and comprises:
4 Double bedrooms
Kitchen / Dining Room
Roof terrace

The business

The Royal Oak is a popular and well-regarded business with an excellent reputation which benefits from impressive levels of regular year-round repeat trade, not only from the village, but also from the surrounding villages and towns.

The landmark trading position also ensures that there is a regular passing trade from those using the busy Dorset cross country road. The pub has just been voted as the best place in Dorset for Sunday Lunch! It has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor & a Cask Marque 5-star cellar award.

The pub benefits from 5 skittle teams, 1 darts team, a crib league and is a popular with skittle parties and as a venue and meeting place for various local clubs and societies. The function room is used as a family area on Sunday’s and other times on request.

This is an extremely well-presented business which benefits from impressive year-round trade which continue to grow. The sale of The Royal Oak represents an excellent opportunity to purchase a well-regarded country village inn with family sized owner's accommodation and is undoubtedly a very special place to live and work having provided a great family home & business for us over the last 10 years. A viewing is essential in order to fully appreciate all that this high-quality business and property has to offer.

Trading information
Trading information can be made available to interested parties following a formal viewing appointment.

Opening hours
Current opening hours are Monday to Sunday Midday - 11:00pm.

Current staffing
The business is run largely under management with us providing a face for the business but not formally working hours in the business. This is a very profitable opportunity for an owner operator.

Property Information



Living Accommodation:

Kitchen/dining room with modern fitted kitchen & central island
Bathroom with separate shower cubicle, bath, wc & basin
4 x double bedrooms
Private roof terrace

Private entrance & also internal entrances.


Situated on a main A road in Dorset, which is busy all year round but particularly in the summer. The freehouse is also in the middle of a thriving village community and is well supported by locals and tourists alike. Major development is planned for the village over the next few years adding many more houses.

Premises Details:

The property comprises a two storey detached, grade 2 listed property on a plot of approx 0.6 acre, briefly comprising of

Public areas
Restaurant with separate entrance from front, and also from car park. Fireplace & carvery counter providing approx 34 covers.
Restaurant bar with counter, bay window to front & approx 15 covers
Public bar presently set up as a sports bar with screens & dart board, bar counter and approx 28 covers
2 separate sets of public toilets.
Family Room / function room / skittle alley, offers covers for 40 seated. Very flexible space.

Service areas
Full commercial kitchen
Wash up/prep room
Laundry room
Walk in refrigerator & freezer

Car park with parking for approx 30 vehicles
Public beer garden & play area
Private Garden
Smoking area

Energy Performance Rating:

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

Accommodation is lacking in the area - possibilty to add lodge style accommodation or convert residential accommodation

Trading hours:

Licensed hours
Sale of alcohol on the premises 10.00 - 01.30
Sale of alcohol off the premises 10.00 - 01.30
Late night refreshments 23.00 - 02.00
Dancing/live entertainment / live music / making of music / recorded music 10.00 - 02.00

Years established:
Under current ownership for 10 years

Other Information

Support & training:

Handover and support can be discussed

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