• Fair Maintainable Trade* (FMT) Net Turnover: £415k per annum
  • Rent: £35k per annum, but first year rent negotiable
  • Wet/Dry split: 50%/50%
  • Situated next to Eridge train station
  • Beautiful spacious garden and large outdoor terrace with over 150 covers
  • Cosy country pub with characterful open fireplace and secret dining room

The Huntsman is a characterful rural pub with a touch of eccentricity, making it a distinctive pub that stands out from the crowd. A famous name in the locality with a stunning spacious garden and great community links, the Huntsman sits right next to Eridge train station and benefits from the daily commute of its guests. The pub is well known for its black tie balls and major events which were capitalised on by previous Business Partners, and provides great food and drink, with a real focus on exceptional service. A cosy and intimate interior leads to a substantial garden and outdoor terrace and cooking area. A visit is essential to fully appreciate the full potential of this pub, and there is huge opportunity here for the right applicants.


The successful applicant(s) will need to have a well honed offer and the ability to think outside the box, which will be based on some sound research into the demographics and understanding of the local competition. Exceptional service and high quality food is a given. When a pub gets this right, word spreads, and the pub enjoys lots of repeat custom. We are looking for operator(s) with some flair, a desire for delivering quality, and the ability to develop menus that are executed with pride and excellence.

Attention to detail is important, and the ability to create the perfect atmosphere and deliver top notch customer service alongside delicious food is key. Operators of our country pubs need to have the ability to not only deliver an amazing offer, but also to market their pubs locally and to drive custom from further afield.

The private accommodation consists of two bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom.

Top Line Figures

  • Rent: £35,000 per annum, but first year rent negotiable
  • Fair Maintainable Trade* (FMT) Turnover: £415,000 per annum

Full Investment Breakdown †

  • Deposit: £7,500
  • Training Fee: £1,000 plus VAT
  • Working Capital: £10,000
  • Fixtures & Fittings: Approx. £25,000 (Inventory is an estimate net of VAT. Loan facilities are available for the purchase of fixtures and fittings).

Additional Information

  • Estimated Wet/Dry Split: 50%/50%
  • Business Rates: Nil payable until April 2021 / Payable £7,659
  • Available From: Immediately
  • Closing Date: 31/10/2020
  • Last 3 year Volume
  • Beer & Cider - Barrels
  • Wines - Litres
  • Spirits - Litres
  • Soft Drinks - Litres
  • Current Year*
  • 130
  • 1430
  • 10
  • 1090
  • Last Year
  • 147
  • 1630
  • 10
  • 1250
  • 2 Years Previous
  • 162
  • 2830
  • 30
  • 1290

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The Huntsman is known for its excellent food and drink offer and outstanding customer service, and takes approximately £7.5k per week.  Many of the pub’s guests are regular commuters and it is ideally located for walkers, cyclists and visitors to the area, who enjoy the stunning natural surroundings. Previously, the Huntsman has hosted large social events and there is great potential for this, particularly during the summer months.

*Trade volumes are up until February 2020, and do not include the Covid-19 lockdown period.


* 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 Business Development Partner 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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