Could you run this pub?
The Blue Ball, Sidford is one of the newest pubs, despite its traditional appearance having been completely rebuilt in 2007. The pub was remodelled on the existing footprint of the property and done in such a way that it still retains its appealing charm and character. The pub is prominent on the main road through Sidford when heading to (or from) Lyme Regis so has regular passing trade.
This pub/hotel is a true community hub for local residents and various groups that regularly use it and we would like to see this continued. There is a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop the food within this business and the main reason to visit, for many of the guests, is the delicious Sunday Roast and home cooked food throughout the week as well as a relaxing break in one of the 9 guest bedrooms.
The business also offers a function room, popular for meetings and celebrations, as well as housing the skittle teams – it is a very versatile space that has it’s own private garden area so there is lots of opportunity.
This pub offers a traditional feel and is thatched with a warm and welcoming interior. It is generous with trading space and has a outside garden with a decked area, garden gazebo and garden benches – making it a welcoming spot in the warm weather.
Inside, the property has the ambience and atmosphere of an authentic Devon, country pub. It offers open fires and seating areas with plenty of nooks and crannies which make it feel intimate wherever you sit. The pub is mostly open-plan but with three main areas and the bar area faces out to these providing easy access for customers wherever they sit.
The pub offers an “easy access” letting room situated on the ground floor and a further 8 rooms on the 1st floor. They are all en-suite and sleep at least two guests; with a mix of double rooms and rooms whereby beds can be set up to be either a double or twins.
We are looking to refresh this pub to ensure it is in excellent condition for its next team. This will entail improvements to décor, furnishings and furniture to ensure this warm and welcoming pub looks at its best.
Externally, the property will be redecorated, some new signage installed, and we will also ensure the maintenance of the thatched roof.
About the local area
Sidford is an attractive village by the river in Devon, home to over two thousand people. There are interesting buildings and a fabulous Norman Pack Horse bridge which spans the River Sid. The local area is a popular destination for artists and photographers and offers some delightful scenery close by, and just a couple of miles away lies the charming seaside town of Sidmouth. Sid Vale Heritage Centre has an interesting story waiting to be shared. For lovers of the great outdoors, there is cycling through the picturesque Sid Valley, walking on Mutters Moor, or strolling around the Pecorama Pleasure Gardens where kaleidoscopic flowers dazzle it’s a great spot. There’s also a model railway, crazy golf and the Beer Heights Light Railway. It really is a great place to visit all year round and run a your business.
This pub may suit
You should be a skilled operator, with experience in running a larger scale hospitality business, managing a team and ensuring an excellent experience and service for every customer and skilled and providing welcoming accommodation for your guests.
Ideally, this would suit a partnership who are dedicated to delivering high standards of service and outstanding pub food. As such, catering experience is essential whether this be within the pub industry or similar. You will also have a clear vision of how to ensure manage the business so that it stands out from the competition.
About the Contract
Our retail contract is a fantastic way to run a pub on a self-employed basis, whilst having the comfort and support of knowing that we are right beside you to guide you through this business venture.
You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that the fixed costs associated with running a small business are not yours. Leaving you free to focus entirely on delivering a great retail offer to drive sales and profit.
- Low cost entry
- A ready-made pub with tried and tested food and drinks offers
- 3-year contract (3-month notice period) rent free
- Most of the day to day running costs are covered by us
- LOTS of support from Punch
- Accommodation included
- 5-day induction course – free of charge is provided together with additional on-going training, a support package and a dedicated Punch Development Manager to help you develop your business
You only pay for:
- Internal Maintenance
* The calculation of the initial ingoing costs assumes a minimum deposit (£3,000 or £5,000) plus legal fees. The subsequent deposit build up can be paid over the term of the contract and up to £100 per week. This can be discussed with the Punch Development Manager