The Blue Bell is a fantastic traditional village pub in Dalston, Cumbria. Dalston is a picturesque large village approximately for miles south of Carlisle and five miles from Junction 42 of the M6 motorway. It is a sought after place to live, serviced by Dalston railway station and a key service centre for a much wider rural area. The Blue Bell has a central location facing onto the village square next to St Michaels Church and a host of independent shops.
Currently the Blue Bell enjoys strong established trade from the local community, as well as having destination appeal. The pub has a good quality homemade traditional pub menu, accompanied by a tempting drink range including a good wine, spirit and cask ale selection. Future potential to boost existing trade lies in driving the wet trade through further building on the community aspect, including additional development of the events calendar.
The Blue Bell has a strong village community following and enjoys established local and destination trade through its existing offer, but there is still opportunity to build further on the wet trade by creating even stronger bonds with the local community.
Experienced Community Operator Wanted
We are looking for an operator with good community experience and a strong background in food. You will have the ability to maintain the existing high quality offer, whilst driving the wet trade with the local community.
Trading Area & Facilities
Internally, the Blue Bell has a contemporary country pub decor with appealing stone and parquet flooring, an attractively tiled bar and a fireplace with wood-burning stove. The pub has an open plan L-shape layout, with the bar wrapping round from the bar area to the dining area. The fully equipped kitchen caters for 60 covers.
Externally, the pub has an appealing, well maintained white painted facade with stylish signage and a blue bell. There are picnic benches to the front overlooking the village square and a courtyard beer garden to the rear to make the most of the summer months. The pub does not have a car park, but there is ample free on-street parking in the village square.
The private accommodation consists two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. Where required appropriate works will be carried out in line with the Star Pubs & Bars Ready to Trade promise.
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The above figures are provided as a guide only and will be finalised as part of the commercial agreement. All figures quoted are exclusive of VAT.
Estimated Working Capital is an estimate of key start-up costs such as professional fees, training fee, premises license fee, F&F valuation fee & till floats. There will be additional ongoing charges payable during the term of the agreement such as property maintenance, repairs fund, SmartDispense. These costs will be outlined prior to completing a business plan and finalised at Heads of Terms.
The calculation of the Estimated Minimum Ingoing Costs assumes a minimum deposit of 1 month's rent and that fixtures and fittings (F&F) are rented. The subsequent deposit build up and F&F rental costs should be included in your financial assumptions in your business plan. Note that on FRI and Investment Tenancy Agreements deposits will always be 3 month's rent in advance and fixtures and fittings (F&F) must always be purchased. A deposit of 6 month's rent will be required for operators trading under a Limited Company with no Guarantors. In order to ensure a successful start-up, all applicants must have a minimum £10,000 un-borrowed funds.