A characterful free house Kent pub that has not reopened since closing just before lockdown in March has been put up for sale.
The Stile Bridge, which is set in a rural, roadside location just outside Maidstone, is being marketed by global real estate advisor Colliers International at a guide price of £725,000.
Paul Barrasford, director in the Hotels Agency team at Colliers International, commented: “The Stile Bridge has historically operated as a thriving business, but the decision was taken not to reopen in July 2020, with the private owners choosing to focus on other interests.
“Clearly, hospitality businesses are having a tough time of late but that won’t last forever. For those looking to reopen the pub, there is clear scope to re-establish it as a strong business; in particular due to broad range of demand drivers from local and transient clientele.”
Located five miles south of Maidstone, the Stile Bridge is brimming with characterful features including open fireplaces, wood panelled walls and block wooden floors.
Facilities include a beer garden, bar, snug and restaurant/events room, and ample car park. In addition, there is a first floor 3-bedroom owner’s apartment, with spacious lounge and kitchen.
Paul Barrasford said: “The property is in great condition; and particularly noteworthy is the substantial, recent investment in the commercial kitchen. So often one of the most expensive parts of a pub to get right, it’s kitted out to a great standard and ready to go.
“In addition to parties looking to reopen the business, we are expecting interest from buyers looking to repurpose the property”.
He added that the Stile Bridge also offered the benefit of being conveniently located for both business and leisure.
“Maidstone is the county capital and an important South East hub. Fastest direct train journey times from Maidstone to London’s St Pancras International and Victoria stations are around one hour,” he said.
“The surrounding region’s stunning countryside includes The Kent Downs and High Weald, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”