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East Kent, Whitstable

Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DA

A friendly old Whitstable favourite, the East Kent is a welcoming locals pub that has recently been restored to its former glory and now stands proudly at the end of Whitstable high street, just a few minutes stroll from the shops and beach front.

Key features

  • Complete refurbishment scheme in 2016
  • Feature bar with multiple open plan trade areas 
  • Small but well equipped trade kitchen and large prep/storage area 
  • Large paved back garden with covered and heated seating  
  • Good sized tenant accommodation also refurbished recently



A friendly old Whitstable favourite, the East Kent is a welcoming locals pub that is embedded in local history.

Following a complete refurbishment scheme in 2016, the East Kent has been restored to its former glory and now stands proud at the end of Whitstable high street, just a few minutes stroll from the shops and beach front.

Internally the East Kent is spacious and airy with its feature bar servery and multiple open plan drinking and dining areas. Authentic original features have been revived, with floorboards varnished and brickwork exposed, creating a characterful, homely pub that wears its age with pride.

The outdoor space also received a dramatic lift and now includes bench seating to the front of the property and a large, pretty York stone paved patio with a heated pergola-covered seating area to the back of the building.

There is a small but well equipped trade kitchen on site as well as a large storage and preparation area.

Currently there is only a very limited snack menu in operation, so the implementation of a more expansive daily lunch and dinner menu together with the provision of great quality real ales, will be key to ongoing success and business growth at the East Kent.

Live music is at the heart of this site and it remains a popular feature with the locals, so we are looking for new tenants that can embrace and enhance the existing business at the pub, whilst repositioning the East Kent in the Whitstable food and drink scene.

For more information or to arrange a formal viewing of the site, please call the Trade Recruitment Co-ordinator now on 01795 542132.


Feature bar servery with multiple open plan drinking & dining areas to cater for approx. 60 covers in total.


Fully equipped, small trade kitchen. Large storage and preparation area to the back of the property.


Bench seating to the front of the building and a large pretty York stone paved patio garden with covered seating and a heated pergola to the back of the property.


The private accommodation was fully refurbished as part of the development scheme and it includes two double bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and an office.

Capital Requirements

Estimated capital requirements

Trading deposit£5000
Contract deposit
refundable on day of charge
+ monthly payments £50
Stock, glassware, cutlery, crockery, etc
Estimated subject to independent valuation by trade broker and stock taker
Working capital£4000
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£35500

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£35100£35984£36920
Per week£675£692£710

Council tax

Band B

Non Domestic Business Rates

Rateable Value 2018 - £22,750

Multiplier – 0.466

Estimated Rates Payable 2018/19 - £10,602

  • As at the time of publishing, the estimated rates payable, are based upon the assumption that the tenant occupies the maximum of one pub and therefore qualifies for small business rates relief.
  • We have also applied the relevant multipliers and estimated transitional relief where applicable.
  • The above calculations are estimations only and as rateable values are subject to change, we would recommend that the prospective new tenant checks the rates payable and any other relief prior to completing a financial plan.
  • Please note that we have not yet applied the Governments Pub relief of £1,000 on rates payable as many councils have yet to confirm.

Trading information


Year ending 30 June

2015 2016 2017 2018 (July-Dec 2017)
All beer and cider
78 59 117 58
9 5 392 182

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
0 0 3 2
Traditional Spirits
16 4 69 19
Ready to drink litres
923 106 3420 1805

Estimated food turnover

£250-£500 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 - Thursday - 10.00 - 23.30
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 00.00

Open to the public

Sunday - Thursday - 10.00 - 00.00
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 00.30

Live music

Friday - 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