Wantage is a rapidly expanding Oxfordshire market town in the Vale of the White Horse with benefitting from a huge expansion plan including the building of thousands of new homes, not surprising as Wantage won the award for Britain's best town centre in 2014. The birthplace of Alfred the Great, this vibrant town has every conceivable amenity, with one state secondary school, King Alfred's Academy, which is spread over three campuses, and some ten primary schools. The secondary school recently converted into an academy is currently rated outstanding. The town is in easy reach of the M4, Oxford and Swindon and a mainline station to London, Bristol and Cardiff are just 8 miles away in nearby Didcot. The pub is an attractive looking building with a single bar servery split over two levels providing seating for approximately 40, but this could be easily increased with added furnishings. There is a car park providing spaces for 20 vehicles and a good size beer garden, making it ideal for families in the warmer months. In the large beer garden, there is an Aunt Sally throw and currently, there are Aunt Sally teams as well as dominoes, crib, darts teams and a regular quiz night.
The pub is very easily operated and would suit either a community-focused single operator or a couple, and benefits from consistent all-day trade from loyal friendly locals. There is huge scope for growth through developing a basic food offer, extending the trading hours, introducing an expanded product range, holding regular entertainment and potentially introducing a SKY/ BT sports offer thus opening up the potential of this site. In addition to this, the garden provides a huge scope for events such as Beer and cider Festivals, BBQs, Family fun days The pub company are looking for an engaging visionary licensee who is passionate about getting the basics right and who loves being with their customers. The ideal candidate will be passionate about developing and delivering a great portfolio of fantastic ales and drinks in a warm friendly atmosphere whilst being ever proactive about making sure there are lots going on. Further opportunity to grow this already thriving traditional pub business exists through exploiting its enviable position and marketing its amenities. With the right visionary partner demonstrating growth through delivering the perfect drink, food and activity combination there is potential for investment from the company to take the Abingdon Arms even further and onto the next level in the future. The pub has the added benefits of currently not attracting any business rates and is let furnished with its current inventory.
Please note that the energy performance certificate is available from the landlord