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Crown Inn, Sarre, Birchington

Ramsgate Road, Sarre, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0LF

A 15th century Grade I listed building and former coaching inn, the Crown now trades as a traditional family run village pub and restaurant with fourteen letting bedrooms in the village of Sarre, Kent.


Key features

  • Traditional family run village pub & restaurant in Sarre, Birchington 
  • Fourteen ensuite letting bedrooms
  • Multiple trade areas to include two restaurants and a snug 
  • Good sized trade kitchen with walk in fridge & separate tea and coffee station
  • Enclosed trade garden with outbuilding and outdoor toilets 
  • Private customer car park for approx. 25 cars 
  • Tenants private accommodation is a cottage next to the pub 
  • Available in August 2022 due to retirement 



A 15th century Grade I listed building and former coaching inn, the Crown now trades as a traditional, family run village pub and restaurant with fourteen letting bedrooms in the village of Sarre, Kent.

 Situated between Margate and Canterbury and forrmerly one of Charles Dickens favourite places to stay in Kent, the Crown Inn is a great place to stay or visit when touring the garden of England. Steeped rich in history, the Crown is also known  locally as ’Cherry Brandy House’ as it is where the liqueur was first made.

Open seven days a week from 12 Noon until 11pm, the Crown currently plays host to a diverse range of customers including the village locals popping in for their daily pint and catch up, the loyal lunchtime and evening dinner trade, walkers in the local area, monthly car club visits and the transient letting accommodation trade.

Internally at the Crown you will find a central feature bar servery, a bar & restaurant area with an open fire place for approx. 20 covers, a snug with fireplace, cosy corner and a restaurant dining room set out over two levels with a log burner for a further 30 covers. Perfectly equipped for purpose, it also boasts a good sized trade kitchen, a tea & coffee  station, private office and plentiful storage.

 The fourteen ensuite letting bedrooms are made up of 12 double/twin rooms, 1 disabled access twin bedroom and one single room.

 Outside you will find an enclosed grassed garden to the side of the property with an outbuilding which houses customer toilets and storage space. There is also a large private customer car park on site for approx. 25 plus cars.

 The tenant accommodation comes in the form of a private cottage next to the pub and which includes a lounge, kitchenette, small bathroom, three bedrooms and a garden.

 After 15 years at the Crown the existing tenant is retiring in August 2022, so Shepherd Neame is looking for new tenants to take over the running of this site.

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us on 01795 542132.


Central feature bar servery with multiple trade areas to include the bar & restaurant area with open fire for approx. 24 covers, a snug with fire, cosy corner, the restaurant dining room for approx. 20 covers and the lower restaurant for 11 covers with log burner. Good sized trade kitchen with a walk in fridge, store room and tea & coffee station area. There are also a private office and further storage rooms available


Enclosed grassed garden to the side of the property, out door customer toilets, storage and a large private customer car for approx. 25 plus cars 


14 ensuite letting bedrooms including 12 double/twin rooms, 1 disabled access twin bedroom and 1 single bedroom 


The tenants accommodation is in the form of a private cottage next to the pub which includes a lounge, kitchenette, small  bathroom, three double bedrooms and a large private garden

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£56500

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£46800£47996£49244
Per week£900£923£947

Council tax


Non Domestic Business Rates



ESTIMATED RATES PAYABLE 2021/2022 (Until 31/03/2022) - £1,507

ESTIMATED RATES PAYABLE 2022/2023 (From 01/04/22) - £3,015


  • 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
55 66 47 33
263 278 202 118

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
3 5 4 6
Traditional Spirits
34 29 23 12
Ready to drink litres
1821 2099 1939 1392

Estimated food turnover

£100,000 per annum (net based on 2019 sales figures)

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 - 00.30

Open to the public

Sunday - Thursday - 07.30 - 01.15
Friday - Saturday - 07.30 - 01.15

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