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Dove Inn

Plum Pudding Lane, Dargate, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9HB

A quintessential red brick Victorian pub dating back to 1860, you will find the Dove Inn on Plum Pudding Lane, at the heart of the sleepy village of Dargate, Kent.

Key features

  • Destination dining pub & restaurant 
  • Central location between Faversham, Canterbury & Whitstable 
  • Open plan drinking and dining area & seperate restaurant room
  • Great gardens 
  • Customer car parking 
  • Available immediately 



A quintessential red brick Victorian pub dating back to 1860, you will find the Dove Inn on Plum Pudding Lane, at the heart of the sleepy village of Dargate,  Kent.

Central to the local towns of Faversham, Canterbury & Whitstable, the Dove Inn is a pretty and charming destination dining pub & restaurant with great gardens and plenty of customer car parking on site.

Internally the pub boasts a log burning fire, wooden floors and walls hung with black and white photos depicting the history of the pub. There is a feature bar servery with a u-shape trade area together with a Separate restaurant dining area, catering for approximately 40 covers in total.

Currently the Dove offers a more limited traditional style pub menu, along with pizza from their traditional wood fired pizza oven which is available every evening.

The Dove currently has a more buoyant weekend trade, so we are looking for experienced caterers that can introduce a  consistent traditional food offer and develop both sides of the trade at this destination dining business.

This pub is available immediately, so to arrange a formal viewing of the Dove please contact the Trade Recruitment  Co-ordinator on 01795 542132.


Feature bar servery with u-shape trade drinking and dining area. Separate restaurant for approximately 40 covers


Good sized well equipped trade kitchen


Pretty garden to the rear and side of the building and a large customer car park. Adjoining paddock to the side of the property which is not currently utilised and could be used for overspill car parking


 Large lounge/kitchenette on the ground floor, three bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. Tenants private garden to the back of the property

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£1000
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£29500

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£TBA£TBA£TBA
Per week£TBA£TBA£TBA

Council tax

Band A

Non Domestic Business Rates

Rateable Value 2018 - £16,000

Multiplier – 0.466

Estimated Rates Payable 2018/19 - £5,395.21

  • 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 2016 2018 (July-Dec 2017)
All beer and cider
47 57 76 27
283 297 404 126

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
0 0 0 0
Traditional Spirits
5 3 9 3
Ready to drink litres
1180 1817 1897 828

Estimated food turnover

£2,000 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.

Monday - Thursday - 10.00 - 00.00
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 01.00
Sunday - 10.00 - 23.30

Open to the public

Monday - Thursday - 10.00 - 00.30
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 01.30
Sunday - 10.00 - 00.00

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 three 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