The Swan at Kingston is a cosy 17th century roadside village pub with a reputation for home-cooked food and great real ales. Positioned at the hub of the local community and with more community focused events and offers, it has the potential to gain even more loyalty from local residents. The Swan is the only pub in the village and is therefore in a great position to develop an offer that appeals to both the local community, as well as walkers and tourists.
The Swan is an open plan trading operation, which offers a fantastic atmosphere created the big stone fireplace at one end. This community mainstream pub is neat and tidy, with a long, panelled bar, black-painted beams and rough plastered walls. The pub benefits from a large garden and a 15-space car park, and free WiFi is provided throughout.
The domestic accommodation consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
We’re planning investment to enhance the internal trade area, primarily by reducing the bar servery to create a drinking area for locals. This area has a disused chimney, which will be brought back into use. The toilet facilities will be fully refurbished, the exterior will be re-decorated and we’ll introduce a new signage scheme.
Kingston St Mary lies just to the north of Taunton, with the pub prominently placed in the centre of the village, and within easy walking distance of local residential properties. The total population within a 1.5-mile radius is about 1,200 although this does quickly grow as the outskirts of Taunton are reached. A lunchtime and early evening food offer would appeal to working professionals looking for a country pub as well as the affluent grey trade in the area. There will be drinking trade from local villagers and the farming community.
Ideal for a community focused operator with a real passion to create a pub that’s known both locally and further afield for great food, drink and service. Experience of a similar operation and the importance of a village pub would be beneficial although new operators can learn and develop with the business.