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The search is on for a experienced tenant to run a newly renovated, riverside pub, which dates back to the late 17th century.
Set on a cobbled lane in the riverside village of Upper Upnor, the Tudor Rose pub has benefited from an £80,000 investment, which has seen it refurbished inside and out by brewer Shepherd Neame. Now all that’s missing is an experienced, dynamic licensee to steer the pub in the right direction by taking advantage of its fabulous riverside location and stylish new look.
Area manager Chris Pattinson says, “Located on the banks of the River Medway, right next door to Upnor Castle with views across the Medway to Chatham Maritime, the Tudor Rose is a little gem. It’s almost certainly made up of what would have originally been several neighbouring houses, which gives the pub great character with individual snug rooms.”
“Pubs like the Tudor Rose offer people a relatively low-risk way of running their own business and the brewery offers a number of business support tools including marketing support, training, licensing advice and beer and wine expertise. We think this pub offers an exciting business opportunity for a licensee with some experience.”
In keeping with its riverside setting and the nautical heritage of its surroundings, the pub interior has been transformed with a light, natural colour palette of muted blue, grey, brown and green. The two bars and restaurant areas feature porthole mirrors, nautical clocks, and a painted compass on the floor. The central bar sports a striking metal gantry and there is stylish decorative lighting throughout.
The pub has retained an eclectic, retro feel with restored antique furniture and distressed leather upholstery reflecting the character of the building. Outside, the use of old boat hulls and rope create an imaginative seating area to the front of the pub with a large garden to the rear, complete with smoking shelter. The good-sized kitchen has also been upgraded to accommodate a substantial food trade.
The pub’s high-quality private accommodation has also been refurbished. Spread over two floors, it includes two bedrooms, an office, lounge, kitchen and bathroom on the first floor and a bedroom/living room, bathroom and additional bedroom on the second floor.
Says Chris, “Feedback on the renovation from locals and regulars has been extremely positive. This is a great opportunity for the right tenant to run a charming pub with a food and drink offer which will appeal to the local community, as well as walkers and tourists.”
The pub reopened on 26 April under temporary management. For more information, contact area manager Chris Pattinson on 07808 905376.