If you are looking for pubs for sale, either leasehold pubs for sale or freehold pubs, then the South of England offers you tremendous choice, not only in terms of the age and style of pub, but also with regard to its location. The South of England is a beautiful, affluent and diverse part of the world with many busy towns and cities. It is home to high finance and to big business but it’s also home to some of the loveliest countryside that Great Britain has to offer. Here are some of the benefits of pubs for sale in South England.
It is an Affluent Area
The south of England is very affluent indeed. Much of the area is commutable to London or has very good communications to other key cities or the ports and towns of England’s south coast. The major towns and cities in the South of England include Exeter, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, London, Bristol and Brighton and of these, even those that aren’t easily commutable, are kept very busy and prosperous due to their proximity to other sites of national importance.
It is generally considered that anywhere within 60-90 minutes of the Capital is an easy commute. This brings into play the area from Canterbury to Dover and along the channel coast to Chichester and Petersfield, taking in Salisbury, Swindon and Oxford, across to Peterborough down towards Norwich and then out to the Suffolk coast and down to the Thames estuary finishing around Margate. This area is generally referred to as the commuter belt, an area where pub prices and the prices of property in general, will be that bit more expensive.
This affluence and the increase in property values that goes with it, is no bad thing though. From a pub landlord’s point of view, the more money the patrons have to spend on drinking and going out to the pub, the greater the return on investment. Added to this is the fact that a pub located in a more affluent area, is able to charge that bit more for its food and drink and is therefore more likely to turn a decent profit, than a pub located in a not so well off area.
It is a Beautiful Part of the World
If you are looking to buy a pub in the south of England and perhaps you are relocating from another part of the country, you will discover a wealth of quite beautiful locations, from which you can pick and choose. The southern counties of England, from the garden county of Kent, into Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset and round the coast into Devon and Cornwall, along with Somerset, Wiltshire, Royal Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Suffolk and Essex, are considered to be among the prettiest in the country and although the scenery changes quite considerably as you go around, it loses none of its appeal.
The Kent countryside has been likened to that of northern France and the South coast is simply breathtaking with its South Downs and winding country lanes. This same country lane theme is continued out towards Oxfordshire and back around to Herts, Suffolk and Essex making this truly, one of the nicest parts of England. It is by turns, countrified, urban and touristy, an interesting and diverse area in which to invest a pub.
There is a Huge choice of Great Locations
The huge choice of locations across the region, gives rise to town pubs, city pubs, gastro pubs, country pubs, village pubs and seaside pubs, all of which have something unique to offer. Located in busy town centres, town pubs provide the perfect solution for those looking to wind down after a busy day at work. Many of them are also busy late into the evening, especially closer to the weekends. City pubs follow a similar theme, though these tend to be more geared towards business people, working lunches and early evening drinks.
Gastro pubs can be located anywhere, either in town or in countryside locations just outside of town. They tend to be the sort of places that a couple or a group of friends will drive to. The target market here is for those people looking to enjoy fine food and wine in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Here you might find pubs that have rather trendily been named after the landlord’s favourite dish or some other inanimate object. This type of pub can be a joy to own, especially if you enjoy your food and by the very nature of its clientèle, there is little danger of any trouble here.
Country pubs or rural pubs are a delight; “The Horse and Hounds” or “The Fox” is often surrounded by greenery. It will be located some distance from the nearest town but therein lays its appeal. In a country pub you can quickly build a reputation amongst the locals for serving fine cask ales and good food. There is a crossover here between the country pub and the gastro pub, but this is no bad thing since they are both very popular and the food element, should, if done properly, make them very profitable.
This part of the world also has its fair share of coastline and therefore, its fair share of coastal or seaside pubs. Pubs by the sea can take many forms, there are pubs with seafaring names like “The Ship Inn” or “The Admiral Lord Nelson” which will have strong links, genuine or otherwise, to the water and to sailors from a time gone by. Other seaside pubs will be geared more toward a younger adult market and will, in many respects, resemble a town pub with cheap drinks and music played into the night.
You Will Benefit From a Great Quality Of Life
Owning a pub is a lifestyle choice and if you get it right, it can be wonderful. Many people enter the pub trade because they are looking for a fun and exciting career that mixes business with pleasure and provides them not only with an income, but also with a home.
Whatever type or style of pub you choose, a great quality of life is available in South England, providing you pick the right type of pub to suit you and if applicable, your family.
If you were looking to take on a pub in the Devon / Cornwall area, you might look for pubs for sale in one of the villages. For example, perhaps you’d consider a pub in the old fishing village of Mousehole, once described by Dylan Thomas as the prettiest village in all of England or you may want to look at pubs for sale in the lovely South Hams village of Ashprington, close to the town of Totnes. The pubs for sale in these peaceful and picturesque English country villages will offer a relaxed and family-oriented way of life and good interaction with the local community.
In contrast, running a busy seaside bar such as one in Brighton, Newquay or Bournemouth will offer a lively and vibrant pace of life – great for those who like music and late nights. In these locations you will need to be prepared to work unsociable hours, but the buzz of music, promotions and party nights can be exciting and stimulating to some landlords. These are not the places to retire to and to try to run a quiet peaceful pub; these are busy, high footfall locations where the emphasis is more on turnover and output than on peace and tranquillity.