Trading as a high street mainstream pub in the heart of the popular local and tourist town of Woodbridge in Suffolk, the Red Lion has an independent and quality look and feel. The pub is Cask Marque accredited and there’s a clear opportunity to build on recent good trading by developing the retail offer to include an extended range of food to complement a strong range of draught and bottled drinks. It requires some great ideas, clever marketing and building a buzz – and the ability to hit the ground running, as there’s plenty of competition nearby.
This well-kept pub trades from an open-plan bar area, with plenty of room for diners too. The catering kitchen is a good size, allowing tasty, traditional dishes to be prepared with ease for up to 56 covers. Sky Sports and free WiFi are offered. The exterior of the pub is very inviting to regulars and new visitors alike. To the rear, there’s a public garden space, which allows for prominent blackboard signage. The pub also offers an outside drinking area, which is popular with shoppers in warmer months, a smoking solution and car parking space for 18 vehicles.
The domestic accommodation consists of three bedrooms and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
An affluent town near Ipswich, Woodbridge is a pretty riverside town with a rich and proud history. It sees significant seasonal trade, peaking in summer months. With a buzz all of its own, the town really comes to life during its annual seafood festival, though visitors come here all year round to enjoy the picturesque harbourside, living museum, shops and cafes – and to visit the world-famous Sutton Hoo site, which is just a few miles away. There are plenty of schools here, and with a railway station and the A12 leading into the heart of London, transport links couldn’t be better.
This pub would be ideal for a committed and experienced publican with good food knowledge and a strong track record, possibly within a busy high street setting. Some degree of local knowledge would also be beneficial.