The property is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Whimple, approximately 1 mile North of the old A30 road and 1 ½ miles from the new dual carriageway. Whimple is a village in East Devon, situated approximately 10 miles due East of the city of Exeter and 3 miles from the nearest town of Ottery St. Mary. The village is centred around the 19th Century village square and Norman Church. Through the Square runs a small stream which is one of the many local tributaries of the River Clyst, which in turn feeds into the River Exe. The Village has a great community spirit with many groups, clubs and organisations, many of whom use the Thirsty Farmer as a meeting place. The area is soon to significantly benefit from the new Cranbrook Railway Station which will service the surrounding area and the newly developed town, with over 2,900 dwellings being built as part of the initial phase. Whimple is ideally situated for visiting the beautiful East Devon area and coastline (Jurassic Coast) and is only a 15 minute drive from the City of Exeter. Communications to this area are excellent with Exeter Airport being only 10 minutes away and the M5 Motorway network just beyond that. A handsome 2 storey detached Victorian property with painted and rendered elevations under a pitched slate roof. The property sits on a generous plot with 3 gardens surrounding the building and car park.
The property briefly comprises:-
Main Entrance porch leading to:
Arranged as a large open plan trading area, full of character with low beams, panelled ceilings and focal central timber topped and panel fronted bar servery. The trading floor is split into 3 areas, all interconnecting, arranged as follows:
34 covers with seating at a selection of timber tables with upholstered trestle and spindle back chairs. Light and airy room with on a slightly raised level with double doors to trade garden. Tongue and groove timber painted panelling to dado height and carpeted. This room can be divided with removable sliding doors for private functions.
Continued in the same style with seating for 18 at oblong and circular timber tables. Centrally positioned exposed brick fireplace with chalk board over.
Occupying the corner and rear section of the trading floor, again continued in the same style as before with separate fireplace and painted timber tongue and groove panelling to walls. Separate Bar Servery (which interconnects with the main Bar Servery). Seating for 24 at table and chairs with a further 10 + at bar stools and free standing chairs around the Sports area. Wall mounted Dart Board (x2). Pool table (on lease), table football (on lease) and flat screen TV over large open real fire. Part carpeted, part stripped wood flooring.
Electronic cash register, bottle fridge, wall mounted optics, glass washer; interlinking with:-
Back bar fittings and optics display, electronic cash register, sink and drainer, cigarette machine (not owned).
2 wc's, 3 urinals, wash hand basin, tiled wall, non slip flooring.
2 wc's, wash hand basin in vanity unit. Tiles walls, carpeted.
Temperature controlled with delivery access to outside.
Swing door leading to substantial and fully equipped commercial kitchen with part tiled walls, non-slip flooring, 6 ring gas range and oven. Full extraction, double deep fat fryer, single deep fryer, various stainless steel work benches, bain marie x2, Rationale turbo oven, further sink and drainer. Commercial dish washer, 3 commercial microwaves, various refrigeration, prep area with coffee making service. Door to outside:-
With walk -in freezer. Door to:-
Propane gas tanks and further walk - in fridge. Private vegetable garden. Gated access leading to further garden area currently unused however with huge potential.
And access to:-
Main door leading to:-
With fitted units and plumbing for washing machine and dryer. Part carpeted, part laminate flooring. Walk-in cupboard with boiler.
With walk-in cupboard.
3 double rooms
All with good proportions and high ceilings.
Bath and electric shower over. WC and wash hand basin, tiled walls, laminate flooring.
Housing 2 boilers. This room could be used for alternative purposes.
Separate staircase and access off kitchen, suitable for habitation but currently used for storage.
Rear Beer garden, part patio, part grass with access from the Top the front of the pub there is a pretty Beer Garden with pub bench seating for 80 plus.
Located to the side of the property.
£31,400. Council Tax B. For information, we advise you to contact the Local Authority, Exeter City Council Tel:
The Thirsty Farmer is a well-established and highly successful Village Inn located in a lovely community in this rather special part of Devon.The business has been developed into one of the leading pubs in the vicinity with its healthy mix of wet and food trading, allowing it to retain its character as a 'proper' pub. The Thirsty Farmer is at the heart of the village with a huge local and regular following, which swells during the summer months with the influx of visitors to this area. Unlike some pubs in the South West, the Thirsty Farmer has a particularly strong winter trade with its roaring open fires making this a cosy place to visit in the colder months of the year.The pub has a good sporting pedigree being home to several teams. Other events include live music once a month and a weekly quiz. The Thirsty Farmer is also a popular venue to hold functions, private parties and wakes given its size and flexible space.
The trade is approximately 60 % wet led although the food is extremely popular with 'higher end' pub food being served daily. The menu and specials board have a good selection of pub classic and more adventurous dishes with a special selection from the chargrill.The business is operated by the owner with a compliment of full time and part time staff. The Thirsty Farmer opens from 12 till 3pm and 6 till 11.30pm Monday to Thursdays and opens all day on Saturdays and Sundays.Turnover for year end 31st May 2015 was £461,960 ex VAT with an exceptionally high net profit. Further trading figures will be supplied to bone fide interested parties following a formal viewing arranged through the sole selling agents Bettesworths.
We have been informed that the property is connected to mains electricity, water and drainage. The property is centrally heated throughout (lpg) and has 2 main boilers.
The Thirsty Farmer is held on a valuable Laurel lease (now owned by Enterprise with preferential terms including the tie on beer only). Current rent £32,595 per annum including building insurance. Free of tie on wines, spirits, alcopops and minerals. The lease has 4 years unexpired although it is protected under the 1954 Landlord & Tenant Act with security of tenure (right for the tenant to renew the lease).
To include furnishings and equipment as per an inventory to be supplied, but excluding the owners personal effects.
Wet and Dry stock in trade and Bar Glassware will be taken over by the purchaser at valuation on the day of completion.