7 pubs up for sale in Herts right now with some dating back to 1600s

Since lockdown restrictions have eased, many of us have been reunited with our favourite pubs.

But have you ever thought of owning one yourself?

Well, aspiring publicans may be pleased to know there are currently seven pubs on the market in Herts.

They suit a range of budgets and could prove the perfect opportunity to realise your dream of owning a local in a part of the county.

Here are the current pubs on the market according to Rightmove.

Bishop’s Stortford

The pub is said to be in excellent condition throughout
The pub is said to be in excellent condition throughout
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Address: Catherine Wheel Gravesend, Albury, Bishop’s Stortford, SG11 2LW

Price: Offers in the region of £900,000.

Key features: Substantial freehold freehouse; bar area, restaurant and private dining catering for c. 100 covers; extensive and enclosed trade garden and external areas; and comprehensively refurbished in recent years.

The Catherine Wheel was rebuilt from new in 2007 following a fire in 2004 and is two storey detached property which has been maintained and refurbished.

It’s also said to be in excellent condition throughout. The ground floor provides spacious and flexible trade space, including a central bar area with timber bar servery for 40+ covers, contemporary restaurant with vaulted ceiling for a further 65+ and a separate private dining area for 12 covers.

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And to the rear of the bar is a wash up area, male, female and accessible toilets and the ground floor cellar. The sizeable commercial trade kitchen is situated to the rear and is well-equipped, with further storage and wash up areas.

On the first floor, there is private accommodation comprising of three bedrooms, lounge, bathroom, office and domestic kitchen.

Externally, the property provides a large, dedicated shingle side car park for 50 vehicles, front and rear flagstone patio, lawned trade garden and a fenced paddock/overflow car park.

You can view the property in full here.

Bishop’s Stortford

The site is on a former brewery which dates back to the 17th century
The site is on a former brewery which dates back to the 17th century
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Address: Water Lane bar & restaurant 31 Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2JZ

Price: Offers in the region of £825,000.

Key features: Substantial character period corner property that’s part of a former brewery; 80+ covers vaulted ground floor and 40+ covers basement cellar bar; fully licensed and fitted to a high standard; and prime location in the town.

31 Water Lane is a former brewery which dates back to the 17th century and has been restored to exacting standards to offer attractive and versatile trade space arranged over three storeys. The building utilises charming period features such as exposed brickwork and beams throughout.

The Rightmove listing says: “At ground floor, a pair of French doors open into the main reception area, which has access to the main restaurant, male, female and accessible WCs, stairs down to the basement and stairs leading to the mezzanine level. With a mixture of fixed and loose seating, the restaurant dining area has covers for c. 80 covers at ground floor level and features an attractive vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.”

A further 20-25 covers are are also catered for at mezzanine level. And to the rear there is a service bar, with the back of house areas including a cellar, office, storage rooms and a boiler room. A separate service staircase provides access to all levels.

The basement bar also features a mixture of fixed and loose seating, along with central bar servery which caters for 40+ covers.

On the first floor, there is a sizeable, fully fitted commercial kitchen with extraction, pot wash area and cold store.

The second floor comprises a staff room, further office and three-pc shower room.

You can view the property in full here.

Rickmansworth

The Tree is a Grade II Listed building
The Tree is a Grade II Listed building
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Address: The Tree, 166 Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3

Price: £575,000.

Key features: Prominent roadside position; Grade II Listed public house; good sized trade garden.

The Tree is a Grade II Listed two storey detached property with a prominent roadside position on Uxbridge Road near Rickmansworth.

You can view the property in full here.

Berkhamsted

The Plough is situated in the heart of the village
The Plough is situated in the heart of the village
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Address: The Back, Potten End, Berkhamsted, HP4 2QS

Price: Offers in the region of £550,000 (+VAT).

Key features: Character freehold pub investment; let on FRI lease; affluent village near Berkhamsted; rent of £40,000 per annum.

The Village of Potten End is on the edge of the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate and sits two miles east of Berkhamsted and three miles north west of Hemel Hempstead.

The Plough is situated in the heart of the village opposite the village green.

The detached public house provides the following accommodation:

  • Ground Floor – Two bar areas, kitchen, WC’s, beer cellar & storage
  • First Floor – Lounge, kitchen, three bedrooms & bathroom
  • External – Beer garden and private garden to the rear.

The entire property is let on a full repairing and insuring lease for a term of 20 years from April 1, 2009, expiring on March 231, 2029. The current rent is £40,000 + VAT.

You can view the property in full here.

Hemel Hempstead

The Midland Hotel is on the market and offers are in the region of £195,000
The Midland Hotel is on the market and offers are in the region of £195,000
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Address: The Midland Hotel, Midland Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 5BH

Price: Offers in the region of £195,000.

Key features: Welcoming lounge bar (circa 40+), multi-functional conservatory restaurant (circa 30+covers) and a versatile dining room/bar (circa 40 covers); eight ensuite letting bedrooms; good sized three bedroom owner’s accommodation; and an equipped commercial catering kitchen.

It’s listed as a good-sized pub with 11 bedrooms.

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The business is offered for sale as a lease assignment with approximately nine years remaining of the Greene King full repairing and insuring renewable agreement. The current owners are advised that the inn is tied to draught, bottled beer and soft drinks only.

They are also informed that the rent is currently circa £44,000 per annum.

You can view the property in full here.

Buntingford

Do you want to become the owner?
Do you want to become the owner?
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Address: Black Horse , Brent Pelham, SG9 0AP

Price: Offers in the region of £50,000.

Key features: Leasehold assignment of 25-year lease dated October 16 2016, free of any ties; extended and comprehensively refurbished; well-manicured gardens catering for 100+ covers; unopposed Grade II Listed public house; leasehold tenure.

The Rightmove listing says: “The Black Horse comprises three connected buildings, the oldest dating back to the 17th century. It is predominantly arranged over two stories, timber framed and rendered under tiled roof, with more modern brick-built additions.

“The ground floor provides a largely open plan trade area with flagstone flooring and central bar servery. To the front is a snug area as well as an informal dining area with open fireplaces. Further dining covers are located in the central area with a mix of loose and fixed bench seating. To the rear is a private dining or function room with space for 20 seated covers, often used for birthday and christening celebrations. In total there are between 80-100 covers throughout the interlinked trade areas.

“The first floor provides substantial private accommodation with four bedrooms, large lounge, kitchen, two bathrooms, separate WC, plus two further attic rooms, currently used for storage. The upper parts have the potential for letting accommodation. Externally, the property provides a large dedicated tarmac car park, fenced trade garden, BBQ area, and Horsebox Bar.”

View the property in full here.

St Albans

The Golden Lion Pub dates back circa 17th century but has early and late 19th century features
The Golden Lion Pub dates back circa 17th century but has early and late 19th century features
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Address: High Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Price: Offers in excess of £550,000.

Key features: Chain free; Golden Lion Pub; premium listing; needs updating throughout.

The Grade II Listed public house has ceased trading as a pub but offers the ideal canvas, and existing planning consent granted, for it to be a public house on the ground floor with living accommodation above.

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There is also the potential to create community space, subject to obtaining the relevant planning consents, which the current owners understand the Local Authority would look most favourably upon.

The Golden Lion Pub dates back circa 17th century but has early and late 19th century features.

You can view the property in full here.

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