The Castle has established a long and lasting reputation for quality food, and this gives ample opportunity for development. However, it’s important to offer classic everyday pub dishes too – the retail offer needs to balance an excellent menu with an authentic week-round pub experience. The pub also boasts 18 caravan pitches to the rear of the property, which attracts a huge amount of additional business in summer.
Comprehensively refurbished in early 2016, the Castle Inn is an open plan trading operation, with a public bar that’s home to an open fire as well as a large-screen TV and a darts throw. The main dining area includes an attractive conservatory, with 50 covers available throughout the trading space. The large catering kitchen benefits from brand new equipment. Outside, there’s an alfresco dining space to the side of the pub, along with a smoking solution, and parking spaces for 25 vehicles.
The domestic accommodation consists of two bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
Cawood is an affluent village located a few miles from Selby; 1,100 adults live here, with 34,000 within a 15-minute drive. Formerly the residence of the archbishops of York Minster just over 10 miles away, Cawood boasts plenty of history. York is easily accessible via the A19 and the city – and the annual Cawood craft fair – are the main attractions for the caravanners who pitch up behind the Castle every year.
This multi-faceted business may be best managed by a couple with catering skills, who can attract visitors during the week as well as for occasion dining. Marketing and social media skills are essential.