Unique opportunity at Chatham community pub

Posted: 04 May 2012

Blog category: News

The hunt is on to find Medway entrepreneurs to run a community pub in Chatham following a £75,000 refurbishment.

The General at Sea in Balfour Road, just off the Maidstone Road, has been renovated inside and out by brewer Shepherd Neame. The pub provides nearby residents with a stunning community pub, but it is missing one vital ingredient: a great licensee.

Area manager Chris Pattinson explains: “It’s unusual for the brewery to make such substantial improvements without having a tenant in place However, we are committed to investing in community pubs and the time is ripe to improve the General at Sea. We’re now keen to hear from local people interested in running the pub. They don’t necessarily need prior experience as a licensee as other attributes are equally valuable, such as local knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit.

“Pubs provide people with a chance to run their own business at a relatively low level of risk and with a modest outlay. People come to us from all walks of life, whether on their own, as married couples or business partners or as a career change. The opportunity to run a freshly renovated pub is very rare. We are looking for potential licensees who are keen to make the General at Sea the lynchpin of the local community.”

The stylish refurbishment at the General at Sea includes the use of striking fabrics and historic sea map wallpaper alongside more traditional elements such as an open fire, pool table and bench seats.

Historically, the pub’s trade has been drinks-focused – serving the brewery’s famed Kentish ales – but it also has a fully-equipped kitchen so the right candidate could introduce food. There are two bars, newly refurbished tenant accommodation and a courtyard garden featuring a smoking area and an outside dartboard and TV.

Chris concludes: “The brewery offers its tenants a wide range of support services including marketing advice, beer and wine expertise, licensing support and training. Alongside the development, this makes the General at Sea one of the best opportunities on the market at the moment.”