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Four Fathoms

High Street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5LH

Located just a stone’s throw from the sea-front and main town centre, the Four Fathoms is an historic and well established Pub & Restaurant in Herne Bay, Kent, crowned Shepherd Neame Pub of the year in 2019.

Key features

  • Well established Pub & Restaurant in Herne Bay
  • Completely refurbished in 2016
  • Large multifunctional trade area for approx. 80-90 covers 
  • Court yard garden area with external dining space  
  • Large well equipped trade kitchen set out over two floors 
  • Private accomodation includes 4 bedrooms & 2 large private bedsits 
  • Available immediately 



Located just a stone’s throw from the sea-front and main town centre, the Four Fathoms is an historic and well established Pub & Restaurant in Herne Bay, Kent. It was crowned Shepherd Neame Pub of the year in 2019 and Kent Life's Pub of the Year in October 2018.

Fully refurbished in 2016, the Four Fathoms now combines age-old character with contemporary comfort, making it a unique place to soak up the seaside atmosphere.

Internally you will find a large multifunctional trade area featuring the bar, snug and lounge for more relaxed, informal drinking and dining together with a separate restaurant dining room, catering for approx. 80-90 covers in total. The trade kitchen is very well equipped and set out over two floors with a prep kitchen, dry stores and wash up area in the cellar.

Outside to the back of the property there is a great courtyard garden and terrace with external dining space for a further 30 covers during the good weather.

The Four Fathoms comes with large private tenant accommodation in good condition. Together with a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and 4 bedrooms, there is also 2 large private bedsit rooms with a shared bathroom.

The existing business operates at an approx. split of 55% wet and 45% food, with very strong weekend trade and the ever changing menu is inspired by the British Pub Classics and the Chefs favourite food menus from around the World. Regular events at the Four Fathoms include monthly roots & reggae nights, specialist food nights, live bands and music 3  weekends in 4, a midweek jazz band and Jam nights. They also cater for private parties and events on request. 

Available quickly, the Four Fathoms is now on the market as the existing tenants are taking on a larger operation with Shepherd Neame. This is a great opportunity for a proven operator to further develop this already well established business in Herne Bay. For more information or to arrange a formal viewing please contact the Trade Recruitment Co-ordinator now on 01795 542132.


Large multi-functional trade area to include a bar, snug and lounge and a private restaurant dining room. Approx. 80-90 covers in total


Well equipped and spacious kitchen set out over two floors. Cellar: Prep kitchen, wash up area and dry stores. Ground Floor: Fully equipped trade kitchen


Courtyard garden area for approx. 30 covers. Plentiful street car parking locally


1st Floor: Shower room & toilet, 2 large bedsit rooms. 2nd Floor: Domestic kitchen, large lounge/diner, small office and bedroom. 3rd Floor: Currently tenants private accommodation; includes  storage room, bathroom, 2 singles and 2 double bedrooms

Capital Requirements

Estimated capital requirements

Trading deposit£5000
Contract deposit
refundable on day of charge
Repair scheme
+ monthly payments £50
Stock, glassware, cutlery, crockery, etc
Estimated subject to independent valuation by trade broker and stock taker
Working capital£3500
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£39000

Minimal capital considered

Minimum capital considered
Based on: Trading deposit + stock, glassware, cutlery,
crockery, etc, working capital + training deposits + misc
Please note: Where only minimal capital is available inventory will be rentalised.

Rent and charges


Year 1Year 2Year 3
Per anum£34600£37284£38220
Per week£700£717£735

Council tax

Band A

Non Domestic Business Rates





  • Retail relief has been increased to 100 % for the hospitality industry between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021
  • The above calculations are estimations only and as rateable values are  subject to change, we would request that the prospective new tenant checks the rates payable and any other relief with the local authorities prior to completing a financial plan

Trading information


Year ending 30 June

2018 2019 2020 2021
All beer and cider
76 125 90 25
235 628 517 161

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
7 0 0 0
Traditional Spirits
55 118 83 19
Ready to drink litres
3150 5983 4056 856

Estimated food turnover

£4,000 per week approximately 

Shepherd Neame has no access to the tenant's food turnover figures. Please note this figure is estimated as accurately as possible at time of publishing.

Licence information

Hours authorised by the premises licence

Supply of alcohol, background music and provision of late night refreshment.

Sunday - Wednesday - 10.00 - 00.00
Thursday - Saturday - 10.00 - 00.30

Open to the public

Sunday - Wednesday - 10.00 - 00.30
Thursday - Saturday - 10:00 - 01:00

Live music

Monday - Sunday - 10.00 - 23.00

Agreement Overview

  • This pub is being offered on a traditional rolling tenancy agreement that is subject to a five year rent review
  • This agreement is covered by the ‘Landlord & Tenant Act’
  • This is a fully tied agreement across all beer, cider, wine, PPS, spirits and minerals
  • Any deviation from the standard terms outlined above should be discussed at interview stage with your designated Business Development Manager
  • Please note that we require all licensees to pass the Pre-Entry Awareness Training Course (PEAT) a minimum of five days before you can attend a formal shortlist interview with us. Please ask us for more information about PEAT if required
  • You can see our code of practice at the top of this page