Chocolate box pub is destination for diners
With its low beams, pretty garden and idyllic rural setting, the Duck Inn at Newney Green in Essex is the quintessential country pub – but, unlike so many country pubs in the 21st century, it has a ready-made potential customer base in the 6,700+ agricultural, horticultural and business students of nearby Writtle College.
It is also just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of the county town of Chelmsford, where it has a reputation as a destination dining pub.
“This is olde worlde England straight off a presentation chocolate box and is likely to appeal to an owner/operator,” says Anthony Alder of licensed leisure specialists AG&G, who are handling the sale of the freehold on behalf of Shepherd Neame, at an asking price of £550,000.
“It’s a lovely building with origins in the 18th century but isn’t listed. There’s five-bed domestic accommodation and the site covers more than an acre, including 100 parking spaces and a garden. And it’s opposite a duck pond.”