Own popular listed ‘chocolate box’ pub in Torquay for a surprising price

A delightful Grade II listed ‘Chocolate Box’ freehold pub is up for sale in Torquay.

Located in the picturesque village of Maidencombe, which lies between Torquay and Teignmouth on the South Devon coast, The Thatched Tavern is on the market with Bettesworths for £575,000.

As one of the best-known pubs in South Devon, it occupies a truly enviable location adjacent to the South Devon coastal footpath. 

The pub is situated at the foot of a beautiful valley and only a few hundred yards from Maidencombe beach and the South West Coastal Footpath.

The pretty pub is looking for a new devoted landlord

Torquay harbourside and town centre are approximately three miles away and Shaldon and Teignmouth on the Teign Estuary are approximately five miles in the opposite direction.

Matt Bettesworth, who is handling the sale, said: “We are delighted to have been instructed by Hall & Woodhouse to assist them in the disposal of this rather unique and well known Country Inn. The property has been priced to sell and provides an exciting opportunity for any experienced operator looking to stamp their mark on a rather special coastal pub.”  

The pub is an attractive Grade II listed thatched building with whitewashed elevations, parts of which are believed to date from the 15th Century. The property has been sympathetically extended to the rear to provide a substantial restaurant and commercial kitchens.

The main bar is a character room with exposed ceiling beams and attractive feature exposed stone fire place with cast iron wood burner. Tastefully and traditionally decorated trading area with various wall mounted prints and a selection of quality brass bric-a-brac.

The pub sits in a sought-after spot with beautiful grounds

The room is furnished with a selection of timber tables with upholstered timber back chairs. Stripped wooden floor and French doors to the trade garden.

More than 60 covers are situated on the upper ground floor level and are accessed via steps from the main bar. This is a spacious rectangular shaped room with windows running the entire length of the garden elevation.

French doors with direct access to trade garden are found here and the room is stylishly decorated and furnished with upholstered timber dining chairs and wood-effect tables with cast iron legs under.

There is plenty of seating inside and out

The room is decorated with a selection of framed prints and wall mounted lights but also has a stone surround fireplace with gas fire.

There is also a holding area with non-slip flooring, Epos system and condiment shelves as well as a coffee making servery. There are two sets of French doors to the outside beer garden.

Here lies a stunning trade garden situated to the side and rear of the property with various thatched outhouses and a detached bungalow within the grounds. There are sea views from the top of the trade garden with the beach being only 300 metres away.

The bar area is spacious and has a traditional pub feel

The attractively landscaped garden boasts pub benches and seating for approximately 90 people. There are various individual areas on several different levels, creating an idyllic pub garden. A number of thatched shelters and large horse chestnut trees sit in the centre of the garden and guests can enjoy sea views from the top end of the trade garden.

The Thatched Tavern also has two well-presented en-suite letting rooms. There is also a separate bungalow within the grounds comprising a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom currently used as manager’s accommodation. 

The pub has a lot of charm

The Inn has a good reputation for food and currently offers a wide selection of beers and ales. The pub enjoys strong custom from locals and regulars as well as holiday-makers visiting the area. Previously operated under a tenancy, the pub offers a genuine opportunity for new owners to further grow an established business.

Bettesworths have been instructed to sell the freehold interest on behalf of clients Hall & Woodhouse, the Dorset brewers, at an asking price of £575,000 plus VAT to include Trade Inventory & Goodwill.

For further information please contact Matt Bettesworth on 01803 212021 or email matt@bettesworths.co.uk.

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