Set in the heart of the idyllic town of Dartmouth, the Seale Arms is a firm favourite with many locals but also benefits from having letting room accommodation to host the numerous tourists that visit the area. For many years, this pub has operated as a drinking establishment and has played host to many of the local sporting teams. However, an existing ground floor commercial kitchen means there’s plenty of scope to add a food offer to further enhance the trade for locals and visitors alike.
The main body of this Cask Marque accredited community mainstream pub is a large open plan space with a central bar servery. It currently has a pool table, a darts area and a working open fireplace to the main lounge area. The customer area wraps around a central staircase that leads up to the accommodation. The galley-style commercial kitchen is more than adequate to produce a quality food offer for the available number of covers. There are currently four B&B letting rooms which are all en suite – a large family room, two king-sized rooms and a small double – and we’re looking to add a fifth. Free WiFi is provided throughout.
The domestic accommodation will consist of two bedrooms, a kitchen, a lounge and a separate office area. This accommodation will be in good order and fully redecorated throughout.
We’re planning substantial investment to give this pub a full makeover. This will include external redecoration and full renovation of the customer trade area to ensure that it offers a traditional pub environment with a 21st century twist. The guest accommodation will see the addition of an extra double bedroom with en suite facilities and all of the other bathrooms will also be significantly upgraded. The existing guest rooms will also benefit from decorative improvements. The aim is to offer stylish accommodation that represents great value for money.
Dartmouth is an extremely desirable location. Set on the River Dart in Devon, it benefits from strong connections with the Royal Naval College and plays host to a major annual music festival in May and the ever-popular Dartmouth Royal Regatta at the end of August. The town is a tourist destination in its own right, offering fabulous architecture, a castle, boat trips and enjoyable strolling around the many craft shops. The pub should be able to attract visitors to stay as well as pulling people in who are enjoying day trips from the surrounding areas. Exeter and Plymouth are both commutable in about an hour.
The ideal operator here should have hospitality experience, to hit the ground running in this multi-faceted business. You should be confident with IT, so you can manage the online booking system, and keeping an up-to-date online presence through a good website and social media is a must. Above all, you’ll be keen to have an active local presence, organising regular events and entertainment.