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Griffins Head, Chillenden

Griffin Hill, Chillenden, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PS

The Griffins Head is a charming country pub & restaurant with great gardens and outdoor space in rural Chillenden, Kent

Key features

  • Destination dining pub & restaurant in Chillenden, Kent
  • Large trade back garden with a feature pond
  • Outdoor BBQ/Rotisserie unit & gardens to the front of the pub 
  • Large customer car park 
  • Multiple trade areas internally for approx. 50 covers 
  • Good sized trade kitchen with lots of internal and external storage 
  • Recently refurbished tenant accommodation with two double bedrooms 
  • Available June 2019



The Griffins Head is a great example of a quintessential county pub & restaurant, set in rural Chillenden, between Canterbury and Deal, Kent.

Destination dining at its best, the Griffins Head boasts a pretty front garden sprawling with wild roses and outdoor space and a large well maintained back garden with a feature pond.

Originally built as a farmhouse in 1286, this pub wears its centuries of history and heritage with pride. Original oak beams, inglenook fireplaces, and historical artefacts are dotted around the pub leaving it brimming with charm and character.

The Griffins Head houses a feature bar servery with multiple trade areas for approx. 50 covers, to include the top bar, the bottom bar and a private dining room.

The pub is perfectly equipped for hosting outdoor events with a large recently refurbished BBQ & rotisserie unit, outdoor  toilets and extensive car parking and gardens.

The tenants private accommodation has also been recently refurbished and includes two double bedrooms, a lounge, office and bathroom.

Due to an internal move within Shepherd Neame, we are looking for new experienced operators to build on this already well established destination dining business from June 2019.

To arrange a formal viewing of the Griffins Head  please contact us on 01795 542132.


Feature bar servery with three drinking & dining areas for approx. 50 covers. Top bar has space for approx. 15 covers, bottom bar has an open fire and space for approx. 25 covers and a private dining room for a further 12-15 covers


Large well equipped trade kitchen with access to the back of the property. Lots of external wine and food storage area and lock ups at the back of the building 


Recently refurbished outdoor BBQ/Rotisserie and lock up for outdoor events. Large well maintained garden to the rear of the property with a pond and fountain, additional gardens to the front. Outdoor customer toilets. Large customer car park


Fully refurbished private accommodation to include two double bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and an office

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£5000
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£52500

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


MULTIPLIER 2019/2020 - 0.491


  • 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
  • Retail relief has been applied to all pubs with a rateable value of £51,000 or less. This entitles the occupier to a third reduction in rates payable after all other reliefs and will run for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 rating years. This is an assumption that should be confirmed with the local authority
  • 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

2015 2016 2017 2019
All beer and cider
143 130 109 115
1043 992 784 665

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
2 0 1 0
Traditional Spirits
56 48 45 38
Ready to drink litres
3425 3181 3491 3366

Estimated food turnover

£3,000 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 - Thursday - 10.00 - 00.00
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 01.00

Open to the public

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

Live music

Sunday - Thursday - 10.00 - 23.30
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 00.30

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