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Kings Head, Shadoxhurst

Woodchurch Road, Shadoxhurst, Kent, TN26 1LQ

Built in 1642 and trading as a pub since 1850, the Kings Head is a well-established, country pub & restaurant located in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford in the Kent Weald

Key features

  • Large destination dining country pub & restaurant 
  • Multiple trade areas for approximately 60 covers 
  • Good sized and well maintained trade kitchen
  • Small courtyard garden
  • Large trade garden and patio seating to the front of the property
  • Large customer car park and additional overflow car park 
  • Private accomodation with 3 beds, private garden and drive
  • Available quickly if required 



Built in 1642 and trading as a pub since 1850, the Kings Head is a well-established, country pub & restaurant located in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford in the Kent Weald.

 The Kings Head is a food led business that plays host to a diverse range of customers including destination diners from outside of the area together with the surrounding village locals popping in for a quick evening drink or a bite to eat from the gastro-pub favourites menu. A pop up village shop was recently introduced in the old stable block at the Kings Head which has been well received and is frequented by the local community.

 A large, family friendly business, the Kings Head is perfectly equipped for purpose with multiple trade areas to include the main bar and feature servery, the middle dining room and the parlour dining room which cater for approximately 62 covers in total. There is also a large multi-use snug/drinking area which doubles up as an additional 30 dining covers if required or as space for private parties or events.

 Outside there is also plenty of space including a large grassed garden with bench seating, a patio area with seating to the front of the property and a small courtyard garden. There is a large, private  customer car park together with a further small  overflow car park for busy periods and a private drive accesses the back of the pub which is perfect for seeing in deliveries.

 Over the years the small rural village of Shadoxhurst has seen significant change and it continues to benefit from ongoing housing developments in the area. During this time the Kings Head has earned itself a great reputation both locally and further afield as a destination dining pub worth travelling to.

 Moving forward, Shepherd Neame is looking for experienced Chef operators that can continue to drive the Kings Head forward and for the right applicants, this site has the potential to be available quickly. For more information please contact the Trade Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01795 542132.


Multiple trade areas to include the main bar, middle dining room and the parlour dining room for approximately 62 covers in total. There is also a large snug area with sofas which can be used an additional 30 dining covers if required


Wash up area and a good sized and well equipped trade kitchen which opens on to the private back garden with a further storage unit


Large trade garden to the side of the property with bench seating and patio area to the front of the building. Large trade car park and a small overflow car park. Private drive used for deliveries and easy  access to the side of the property


3 large bedrooms, lounge, bathroom, toilet and attic room. Tenants private garden and drive

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£37500

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£29900£30680£606
Per week£575£590£TBA

Council tax

Band B

Non Domestic Business Rates




  • Retail relief for the hospitality industry is reduced to 66% rate relief for the remainder of the rating year until 31st March 2022
  • 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

2017 2018 2019 2020
All beer and cider
67 56 35 27
482 432 293 105

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
5 4 0 2
Traditional Spirits
46 45 21 11
Ready to drink litres
4566 4548 2429 1168

Estimated food turnover

£2,500 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 - 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

Monday - Sunday - 10.00 - 00.00

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