The Smiling Mule is a traditional brick property with a wealth of charm and characteristic features. The property boasts a great location, set back from a busy through road with lots of residential housing locally and a massive site behind the pub is currently under development for a new housing estate which will be a great new consumer base to target. The Smiling Mule has a great traditional feel with lots of spaces to explore. As you enter the pub, you come into the main lounge area served by the main bar. When you carry on through there is a rear snug with an open fire, a lovely place to enjoy a drink in a cosy, peaceful space, this has its own small bar servery. It will be no surprise that cask ales play a crucial part in this pub. Beyond the snug, there is a conservatory style room which has most recently been used for a pool table but it could be used for functions. It has good access to the toilets and a great view of the garden (as well as direct access to the garden). The garden is large and consists mainly of a large lawn. Some large trees to one side will require attention occasionally, and there is also an outbuilding with a servery for hot summer days etc. Externally to the front of the pub, there is a small car park. The pub is in reasonable condition albeit slightly dated and could benefit from a tasteful refurbishment which enhances its features. The pub company are keen to complete this with the right long term operator. All in all, this is a great pub in a great location which with a strong USP should easily be able to become a fantastic business and the hub of the local community.
The site is currently trading at a steady weekday wet trade, some of which is cask ale led. Evenings and weekends allow live sports, occasional live entertainment, functions and other rhythm of the week activities. This pub would ideally suit someone with local knowledge, a passion for cask ales and a passion for community wet-led pubs and what it takes to make them exciting to the local consumer. The ideal applicant will have a passion for basics being done to a very good standard and for marketing the site using all marketing media to ensure the offer/message reaches a large audience.
Please note that the energy performance certificate is available from the landlord.