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Bull, Betherdsen

Bull Lane, Bethersden, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3LB

Dating back to 1645, the Bull is an ancient Inn that now trades as a beautiful destination dining pub and restaurant in the heart of the Kent countryside on the A28, Ashford Road, Bethersden. 

Key features

  • Well trading Kent country pub & restaurant 
  • Located on the A28 Ashford Road, Bethersden
  • Food led business with stronger weekend trade
  • Open plan trade drinking and dining area for approx. 90 covers
  • Large family friendly garden for further 100 external covers
  • Tenants accommodation recently refurbushed and has private access 
  • Available on a 1 Year Fixed Term Contract or TAW from July 22



Dating back to 1645, the Bull is an ancient Inn that now trades as a beautiful destination dining pub and restaurant in the heart of the Kent countryside.

Sat proudly on the A28, Ashford Road, the Bull is central to Bethersden, Smarden and High Halden villages and it is a perfect drop in spot for walkers and cyclists in the local area. 

A food led operation trading seven days a week, the Bull has a varied customer base to include a strong weekend trade currently serving over 100 Sunday lunches each week together with a good base of loyal locals regularly popping in for a drink or a bite to eat.

Internally at the Bull you will find a central feature bar servery, open plan drinking and dining space for approx.90 covers, ceilings lined with old oak beams and two log burner fire places with huge cosy sofas to relax in. Outside there is a well maintained, family friendly patio area and large garden which is hugely popular during the warmer weather and that allows you to cater for a further 100 alfresco covers.  

The tenant accommodation boasts private access and has recently benefited from a refurbishment scheme, it now includes a lounge, newly fitted kitchen, bathroom and large double bedroom on the first floor and two further bedrooms and extensive storage space on the second floor.

This well established and trading business is now looking for new operators and it would suit applicants with a food led background with the potential to further enhance the business.

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


Central feature bar servery, open plan drinking and dining area for approx. 90 covers and two log burner fire places



Good sized and well equipped trade kitchen on site


Large family friendly grassed garden with patio area, log shed, outdoor storage and private customer car parking



First floor: Lounge, newly fitted kitchen, bathroom and large double Bedroom

Second floor: 2 bedrooms and extensive storage space

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£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£££
Per week£££

Council tax

Band B

Non Domestic Business Rates



ESTIMATED RATES PAYABLE 2021/2022 (Until 31/03/2022) - £2,495

ESTIMATED RATES PAYABLE 2022/2023 (From 01/04/22) - £4,990


  • Retail relief for the hospitality industry is reduced to 75% 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
92 99 74 60
410 434 322 178

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
6 5 3 0
Traditional Spirits
30 40 36 19
Ready to drink litres
5356 5789 4231 3080

Estimated food turnover

£4,200 per week approx. (net)

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 - Sunday - 10.00 - 00.00

Open to the public

Monday - Sunday - 10.00 - 00.30

Live music

Sunday - Thursday - 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