Kings Head, Rochford
03 March 2010

Kings Head could be developer’s crowning glory

It could be the jewel in the crown of an investor’s business interests – and the sale of the King’s Head in Rochford is certainly an opportunity to capitalise on the charm of this period property, perhaps as in a new life as a restaurant.

Owners Shepherd Neame are asking for offers in the region of £300,000 for the bay-fronted watering hole, which faces the Essex town’s Market Square.

“The King’s Head is an attractive period property in a pretty commuter town, so it offers plenty of potential,” says Anthony Alder of licensed leisure specialists AG&G, who are handling the sale.

“It has been run as a traditional pub and music venue but we believe it would make an excellent town-centre restaurant with the right buyer on board.”

Rochford has a population of around 7,500 and is 43 miles from central London. Trains run direct to Liverpool Street, making it popular as a dormitory town.

The area takes its name from the Old English rochefort, meaning “ford of the hunting dogs”. Unusually, the River Roach, originally known as the Walfleet, was renamed after the town.

Small though it is, Rochford has produced several famous sons, including jazz musician Jamie Cullum and former England player and club manager Peter Taylor.

For more information, contact Anthony Alder on 020 7836 7826, e-mail or

AG&G are chartered surveyors specialising in the licensed leisure industry, with the skill and experience needed to value, assess or promote a property not simply as bricks and mortar but as a business. If it involves the price of a licensed premises, its profitability, rental value, investment prospects or value in a dispute, AG&G can help.

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