The Half Moon at Shaftesbury is an attractive and historic large roadside pub that trades all-day, 7 days a week. It is currently categorized as a ‘Great Pub Great Food’ and has earnt this title due to its longstanding reputation for good quality pub food.

This business would benefit from an operator/s that is comfortable with a large pub dining operation and who is able to demonstrate a range of management, marketing and catering skills to maintain and develop this premium tenanted business.

The Half Moon offers a wide variety of wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks including several ales from the award winning Badger ales range. Historically, the trade is predominately food driven as its roadside location would suggest. There is currently a well-established lunchtime and evening trade as well as an extremely busy Sunday carvery operation.

  • Rent: £65,000* pa
  • Ingoing’s: TBC: A minimum of £30,000 will be required
  • Deposit: £7,500
  • Training fee: £780
  • Working capital: circa £10,000
  • Fixtures and Fittings: £55,000
  • Fair Maintainable Turnover: £640,000* net
  • Estimated wet to dry split: 34% Wet, 66% Dry
  • Available date: 1st April 2018
  • Closing date: 31st March 2018

This is a large scale operation with 120 inside covers and a further 100 in the large L-shaped garden. The interior décor has been finished to a high standard which highlights its traditional features such as the wooden-beamed ceilings and open fireplaces.

This outlet has no letting rooms, however offers a good sized domestic accommodation which comprises two bedrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms, a lounge and an office area.


*Fair Maintainable Trade (FMT) is the level of turnover and profit that we believe that the business is capable of delivering if being operated competently. The FMT is usually calculated by the Area Manager for the pub, who will produce a shadow profit and loss account for the business which supports the rent. A copy of the shadow profit and loss account will be provided during the recruitment process. Please see our Code of Practice for more information on FMT and rent. The Fair Maintainable Trade is not a guarantee of levels of trade or profit that will be made from the business – we strongly recommend you seek appropriate independent legal and business advice as part of your Business Plan.

† The Full Investment Breakdown for each public house is higher than the minimum investment we will accept because potential Business Partners with the minimum investment available can still be accepted as we are able to offer them financial support for the rest of the monies. The working capital incorporates the purchase of stock, glassware, loose catering effects and valuer fees – please note the number quoted on this website are based on estimates. The exact costs will be determined on the day you take on the public house by independent valuers and stock takers. Please see our Code of Practice for more information about investment.


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