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Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne

The Street, Bishopsbourne, Kent, CT4 5HX

The Mermaid Inn is a traditional style pub & restaurant located just five miles outside of Canterbury city in the pretty village of Bishopsbourne, Kent.

Key features

  • Country pub & restaurant in a pretty setting
  • Central feature bar servery with a bar area
  • Restaurant for 18 covers with open fire 
  • Small grassed garden to the rear of the property
  • Street side customer car parking 
  • Private accommodation with 3 double bedrooms



The Mermaid Inn is a traditional style pub & restaurant located just five miles outside of Canterbury city in a pretty little village called Bishopsbourne, Kent.

Originally in the 1860’s the Mermaid was built as a tap house for the local estate workers but the pub was then sold and converted in to a public house in the 1920’s.

The Mermaid remains the only pub and business in this mostly rural wooded village and it attracts a wide range of customers including the community locals, walking groups and tourists to the area.

You will receive a warm welcome at the Mermaid Inn together with a great range of well kept cask ales and lagers and a wholesome home-cooked pub menu which is served seven days a week during limited hours.

Internally you will find a central feature bar servery with two trade areas. There is a more relaxed bar area with seating and a restaurant dining room for approx. 18 covers, hung with hops and boasting an open fire place. The small trade kitchen is well equipped and there is plenty of outside storage space available.

There is a small courtyard patio area to the back of the property with an enclosed grassed garden for when the sun is shining. There is street side customer car parking to the front of the property.

Moving forward, Shepherd Neame is looking for community minded and spirited tenants that have a flair for interesting food.

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


Central feature bar servery with a relaxed bar and drinking area and restaurant dining area for approx. 18 covers with fireplace


Small well equipped trade kitchen


Small patio courtyard & enclosed grassed trade garden to the rear of the property with numerous outside storage areas


3 double bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and utility room on the first floor

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£3000
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£24000

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




  • Retail relief has been increased to 100 % for the hospitality industry between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021
  • 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 (Jul 19 - Jun 20)
All beer and cider
92 76 92 47
387 326 486 208

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
0 0 1 1
Traditional Spirits
9 6 7 2
Ready to drink litres
1287 1048 1434 650

Estimated food turnover

£1,000 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

Monday - Sunday - 10.00 - 23.00

Agreement Overview

  • This pub is being offered on a fixed term tenancy outside of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II
  • 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.