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Lord Nelson, Dover

5 St James Lane, Dover, Kent, CT16 1NT

The Lord Nelson is a new and exciting cafe, bar & restaurant development project located in Dover, Kent, on the South East coast.

Key features

  • Located in the town and ferry port of Dover on the Kent coast
  • Currently closed for a complete refurbishment scheme 
  • Great location in Dover overlooking the new St James Retail Park
  • Just minutes from the town centre and main beach front 
  • New layout will include an open plan trade area with bar, snug & dining space
  • First floor trade kitchen and stores with a dumbwaiter 
  • Outside dining areas at the front and back of the property
  • Fully refurbished two bedroom tenant accomodation with kitchen on second floor 
  • Subject to planning and building consent, will be open in November 2019



The Lord Nelson is a new and exciting refurbishment project located in Dover, on the South East Kent Coast.

Dover is a busy seaside town and major ferry port currently going through a period of regeneration and and as the nearest English port to France, it is one of the World’s busiest passenger ports.

The Lord Nelson boasts a great central location overlooking the new St James retail & leisure park with a Cineworld, M&S and leading retail outlets. It is just a 2 minute walk into Dover’s main high street and the beach front, and its just few minutes’ drive to the main Ferry Port. Local attractions include historical Dover Castle and the National Trust’s famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The pub is now closed for a complete development and refurbishment scheme to include both the interior and exterior of the building. Once re-opened, we are looking for dynamic tenants to reposition the Lord Nelson in the local market place.

Set out over three floors, the new ground floor trade area will include an open plan bar area, a snug bar, dining space for approx. 32 covers and a Wheelchair accessible toilet. The first floor will include ladies and gentleman's toilets, an office and a good sized and fully equipped trade kitchen and stores with a dumbwaiter.

The new look outdoor areas will include patio seating for approx. 24 covers to the front of the property and a stone paved terrace to the back of the property with a retractable awning and café style furniture.

The tenants private accommodation is located on the second floor and will also be fully refurbished as part of the development scheme. It will house a kitchen/diner, lounge, bathroom and two bedrooms.

Shepherd Neame is now looking for potential partners with a vision to re-launch and develop the Lord Nelson as a café culture bar & restaurant. Subject to planning and building consent, the pub should be ready to open in November 2019.

For more information about this great new project please contact us now on 01795 542132.



Ground floor will include an open plan bar area, a snug bar, dining space for approx. 32 covers and Wheelchair accessible toilet. Ladies and gentleman's toilets will be located on the first floor


A good sized and fully equipped trade kitchen and stores will be installed on the first floor  together with a dumbwaiter


New external patio seating for approximately 24 covers to the front of the property and a stone paved terrace to the back of the property with a               retractable awning and café style furniture for approx. 32 covers


Tenants private accommodation is located on the second floor and will be fully refurbished. It will include a kitchen/diner, lounge, bathroom and two 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£4000
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£39500

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£23400£23920£24544
Per week£450£460£472

Council tax

Band B

Non Domestic Business Rates


MULTIPLIER 2019/2020 - 0.491


  • Please note, we anticipate that the rateable value at this site is likely to increase post development, thus potentially affecting the rates payable
  • 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

All beer and cider

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
Traditional Spirits
Ready to drink litres

Licence information

Hours authorised by the premises licence

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

Monday - Wednesday - 07.00 - 00.00
Thursday - Sunday - 07.00 - 03.00

Open to the public

Monday - Wednesday - 07.00 - 00.30
Thursday - Sunday - 07.00 - 03.30

Live music

Monday - Wednesday - 10.00 - 00.30
Thursday - 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