Nestled in the idyllic countryside, the Horse and Groom attracts locals, families and visitors to the New Forest and the nearby Sandy Balls campsite. The property itself compromises two small bars, a respectable sized internal dining area and a large, attractive garden complete with outside tables and a small enclosed children’s play area. An additional small paddock can be found at the rear of the garden.

This operation is ideal for an individual or couple who have the desire to run a traditional community pub with a strong food offer. A background in hospitality or catering would be an advantage in order to maintain and grow the already established food offer.  In addition, an interest or aptitude for marketing and promotion would be valuable to widen the catchment area of visitors to this location.

The Halfmoon offers a wide variety of wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks including several ales from the award winning Badger ales range. The previous operators built up a good reputation for homemade traditional pub fare.


  • Rent: £28,500 pa
  • Ingoing’s: minimum investment £20,000
  • Deposit: £7,500
  • Training fee: £780
  • Working capital: £10,000
  • Fixtures and Fittings: circa £25000
  • Fair Maintainable Turnover: £260,000*
  • Estimated wet to dry split: 50% Wet /50% Dry
  • Business Rates Payable: £7,257
  • Available date: 01/06/2015
  • Closing date: 30/04/2015

This outlet has no letting rooms, however offers domestic accommodation which is located above the pub. It is reasonably sized and comprises 3 bedrooms, a lounge and a private kitchen.


*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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