Run a Stonegate Pub - Royal Oak Downton Lymington, Hampshire

About the Pub

The Royal Oak is a very well positioned property on a busy main road between Lymington and New Milton which is visually seen from both ways allowing potential customers to slow down and turn into the side road before entering the large car park and courtyard gardens which are located to the rear. The property is equally sized from the car park, gardens, beer garden, separate restaurant, toilet facilities, kitchen and cellar and bar area are all well-proportioned and with the right tenants in situ, this is certainly a sought-after business. The restaurant is housed in an extension to the original building, with a fire place being the centre piece and rustic tables, chairs and booth seating giving it a warm and rural feel. This is a good-sized eating area, accommodating 80 covers and offering a home cooked menu. The bar area caters for 24 covers, with a three-sided servery allowing plenty of opportunity to promote products. There are also pockets of seating in the bar for both eating and drinking and a snug for 16 people which is nicely secluded from the busy areas. The pub boasts a large fully fitted trade kitchen capable of producing a good quality food menu. The property is currently being refurbished and will be well laid out for an experienced publican to maximise its potential. The licence allows live music inside the property up to 11pm which could prove to be a useful marketing tool when looking to attract a wider audience. The large car park is located to the rear of the property and provides space for 40 vehicles. From the car park, you enter the picturesque beer courtyard garden terrace laid with slabs and shingle, and shrubs and grass to the front. This area can seat approximately 80 covers and is certainly an area of the property to exploit and maximise potential.

Regional Manager's Thoughts

The Royal Oak is popular with locals and guests from nearby surrounding areas, with the clientele predominantly in the 50+ age bracket, although the extensive outdoor space appeals to the family market. Potential exists to generate further revenue by targeting seasonal trade from the nearby Shorefield caravan park.

Surrounding Area

Downton is a hamlet situated a few miles from the coast between Lymington and New Milton. This is a rural area with a small number of residents mainly of an older generation; however, the pub has excellent access to the surrounding towns being positioned on the busy A337. Shorefield Caravan Park, which is populated by up to 3000 holiday makers during the summer, is just half a mile away and provides plenty of tourist custom in the summer months.

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