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Barley Mow

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1EZ
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Cask Ale
Beer Garden
External Drinking Area
Catering Kitchen
Team Games
Pool Area
Live Entertainment
Experienced Operator
  • Cask Ale
  • Beer Garden
  • External Drinking Area
  • Catering Kitchen
  • Team Games
  • Pool Area
  • Live Entertainment
  • Experienced Operator


One of the oldest LGBT venues in the East of England

Ingoing Cost: £13,000.00
Rent: £22,500.00
Agreement Type: Tenancy
Reference Number: 250516 / 40200501

The stated ingoing figures are correct at point of advertising. Please be aware there may be additional costs.

Property Features:

The Barley Mow is an attractive, traditional Victorian style building situated on the outskirts of Bedford, with the town centre just a 10-minute walk away. It is close to Bedford prison, and one of the smaller campuses of Bedford college so has a strong footfall passing by daily. Although there is no parking on-site, there is a large multi-storey car park located to the rear of the pub which is also used by shoppers. The pub is situated on a large corner plot in an area is predominantly commercially based with shops and light industry with residential properties within walking distance. Bedford is a thriving, affluent town with very good rail links to London and the north.

The Barley Mow is a two-room operation with a large bar situated in the heart of the pub, servicing all areas. There is a lounge bar with a mixture of fixed and loose seating, with an area that accommodates the very popular live entertainment of an evening. Through from the bar, there is a games room housing a pool table and darts board. To the rear of the pub, there is a large courtyard which could accommodate a number of picnic benches.

Trading Style:

The pub is one of the oldest LGBT venues in the East of England and has a reputation for being a relaxed, safe venue with excellent entertainment. The pub is predominantly a wet-led offer and focuses on cocktails and premium spirits. There is an opportunity to open during the day with a more chameleon offer, including coffee and cask ales as predominantly the daytime attraction was aimed at the college & prison, with a lunchtime/evening food menu & a good selection of drinks. The pub has a very good, well equipped commercial kitchen.

We are looking for an experienced operator who will get involved in re-building this recent successful business that has waned in the last year or so. Using the current strong foundation of its late-night venue operation & its long-standing LGBT reputation as a platform to relaunch its daytime & evening trade. Re-kindling contact & communication with both the college & prison will benefit the trade greatly. The introduction of a food offer would also add to the pub's attraction for the local businesses nearby. With the pub's location, its great condition, the great facilities & its solid trading base, this could be a great opportunity for a hardworking & social business person.

Private Accommodation:

The private accommodation which is accessed through the bar consists of three bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen in good condition.

Key Financial Information

Please be aware energy performance certificates are available from the landlord.

Fixtures and fittings: £Upon Valuation (Funding options available for the right licensee)

5 Year Tenancy Agreement

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