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Smack Inn

Middle Wall, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BJ

The Smack is a wet led, community pub located in the popular seaside town of Whitstable on the East Kent coast.




Key features

  • Wet led community pub in the seaside town of Whitstable 
  • Superbly located for the main high street and beach front 
  • Feature bar servery with open plan, nautically themed trade area 
  • Small well equipped trade kitchen
  • Great beach themed garden with decking and beach huts 
  • Potential to be available quickly



The Smack is a wet led, community pub located in the popular seaside town of Whitstable on the East Kent coast.

Named after an old fishing boat, you will find the Smack tucked neatly away in Middle Wall, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful beach front and one street back from Whitstable’s bustling high street.

Whitstable’s local community truly is at the heart of the Smack’s business, but it also plays host to a diverse range of other customers including day-tripper’s to this delightful town and music followers seeking out their regular live music and karaoke events.

Internally you will find a feature bar servery and an open plan trade area decked out with wooden floors, an open fire and a nautical theme. There is also a small but perfectly well equipped trade kitchen on site.

When the sun is shining customers flock to the Smack’s large pub garden in order to relax and unwind on the beach style decking and in the beach huts which act as covered seating. It is the perfect setting for operators to introduce all day BBQ’s during the summer months.

Moving forwards, we are looking for a customer focused, community led operator that can manage a seasonal business and  introduce a simple, consistent, quality food  offer together with a great range of well kept ales, beers and wines.

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


Feature bar servery with seating area to the rear of the building


Small well equipped trade kitchen


Large beach themed trade garden to the rear of the property with beach-huts


The tenants private accommodation is laid out over two floors and includes two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchenette and a lounge

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£29000

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


MULTIPLIER 2019/2020 - 0.491


  • 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

2016 2017 2018 2019 (Jun 18 - Jan 19)
All beer and cider
141 122 76 64
267 205 151 85

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
10.5 13 7 7
Traditional Spirits
0 3 48 29
Ready to drink litres
7 39 1095 1151

Estimated food turnover

£600 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 - 23.00
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 00.00

Open to the public

Sunday - Thursday - 10.00 - 23.30
Friday - Saturday - 10.00 - 00.30

Live music

Monday - Sunday - 10.00 - 23.00

Agreement Overview

  • This pub is being offered on a traditional rolling tenancy agreement that is subject to a three 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