The pub itself is small but quaint and boasts two large open fire places, a cosy bar and an adjoining restaurant area all situated in an L-shaped layout. The decor is an eclectic mix of wood and traditional floor finishes. Behind the dining area is a large doorway to a ‘secret garden’, the hidden jewel of the pub. The garden has been beautifully landscaped and stretches some 30 meters to the back boundary of the property.  In the summer, this space significantly increases the pubs seating capacity.

This offer would suit an operator(s) with a good food catering background. This is a good opportunity for a motivated operator to take on a business that has been built up to an extremely high standard over the years with a loyal following.

The Stour Inn is currently categorized as a Quality Village Local.

Blandford has a strong drinking trade and is a circuit town. Whilst the Stour is not on the circuit directly, it still benefits from a local and loyal guest-base. Food trade comes predominantly at lunchtime from the abundance of local business workers. The Stour is the closest Business Partnership in distance to the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery.

  • Rent: TBC
  • Rateable Value: TBC
  • Minimum Investment: † £20,000
  • Deposit: £7,500
  • Training fee: £780
  • Working capital: £5,000
  • Fixtures and Fittings: £20,000
  • Fair Maintainable Turnover*:
    Turnover: £266,000 (pa)
  • Estimated Wet/Dry Split: 60% wet / 40% dry
  • Available from: 3 January 18
  • Closing date for applicants: 11 December 17
  • Letting Rooms: None
  • Private Accommodation: The private accommodation is of a good standard throughout. It is divided over two floors; on the first floor is the main lounge, two bedrooms and a separate bathroom and on the second floor is a third bedroom and office.
  • Number of Covers: There are 15 internal covers and a further 30 in the garden.


* 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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