Pub/bar for sale in The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17

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Pub/bar for sale

Property features

  • Stunning, Award Winning 16th Century Coaching Inn
  • Attractive Trading Areas with Low Beamed Ceilings and Wood Burners
  • 6 Letting Rooms of an Extremely High Standard with En-Suite Facilities
  • Additional Owners/Letting Flat with Private Terrace
  • Attractive Sheltered Gardens Over Three Levels

Property description

One mile from the market town of Crediton and 8 miles from Exeter, Sandford is a very conveniently located village with a significant catchment area, attracting trade from many surrounding villages and hamlets as well as from Exeter, Tiverton and Okehampton. The Inn is only 10 miles from Dartmoor National Park and less than an hour’s drive to both the South and North Devon coasts.

Set within the delightful village of Sandford, The Lamb Inn is a 16th Century former posting house, overlooking the village square with exceptional 6 bed en-suite accommodation, further self-contained Garden suite, pretty ‘al fresco’ outside trading areas, a large function room and welcoming, traditional trading areas.

Trading Areas

Main bar with large open 16th century inglenook fireplace and wood burner, low beamed ceilings, wood burner, seating (42) plus bar stools. Tap room snug bar / private dining room (18). Both trading areas share a centrally positioned bar servery with four hand pumps, 6 font bar, double head Fracino coffee machine, three 2 door glass-fronted display fridges. Whirlpool Glass-washer, touchscreen till.

Commercial Kitchen

With a Falcon triple chargrill burner, Giorik Combi oven, double fryer, plate warmer, microwaves, counter fridge, tables, fridges etc. Prep kitchen with fridges and freezers, dry store.

Refrigerated Beer Cellar

Lobby Prep Area

Dowrich Room

Conference & wedding room/ skittle alley
Fully refurbished and recently double-glazed private function room, available for hire with capacity from 40 to 75 depending on the event. The Lamb has also recently introduced the Inn as a Wedding venue with the room looking fantastic when dressed for the occasion. Also used by several skittle teams and constantly used for community meetings, cinema club evenings, live music, poetry and comedy evenings etc.

Storage Area

With whirlpool ice machine, function tables.

Further Storage Mezzanine

Ladies Cloakroom

2 WC’s.

Gents Cloakroom

WC and 2 urinals.

Disabled Toilet

Linen Store

Housing washing machines and tumble drier.

Beer And Wine Store

Courtyard Storerooms

Fridge & freezers, wine fridge, wedding.


(Above main bar).
Three luxurious En-Suite Double Rooms with king size pocket sprung beds, underfloor heating and flat screen TV’s. One room has a feature slate platform bath and a wood burner as well. Views over the square and to the countryside beyond.


Small Boiler Room

Secondary Linen Store

Barn Upper Floor

One Small Double En-Suite Room.
One further Luxury Double En-Suite with king size bed. One Twin or Large Double with super king size bed and standalone tub bath.

Garden Suite

Fully refurbished and beautifully presented, self-contained, 1 bed letting flat with cot room, sitting room with wood burner and private garden/ terrace. Alternatively, could be used as owner’s accommodation.


Beautiful lower courtyard garden seating 45+, walled and terraced with cobbles and grass area. Upper garden seating 35+ with beautiful views & play area. Open sided area used as storage and bike store. Recycling, and barrel store. These outbuildings have plenty of potential for development as either more letting rooms or further outside trading space. Seating for 10 outside front.

General Information

Rateable Value

£28,500. For information, we advise you to contact the Local Authority, Mid Devon District Council.

The Business

The Lamb In is a very successful, well-established, award-winning business with a fine reputation across Devon and the South West.

The property exudes character and warmth with its open fires and low ceilings. The multi-faceted business also benefits from 7 beautifully appointed letting rooms and a dedicated conference/wedding function room. The outside areas come alive during the warmer months of the year, adding an alfresco feel, particularly in the sheltered courtyard. It has a live music and dancing licences.

The Lamb has received many accolades and won several awards over recent years; Best UK Summer Pub June 2019, County winner of the National Pub & Bar Awards 2018, i Weekend March 2018 ‘Best Pubs for Sunday Lunch’ and Food & Drink Devon: Best Pub in Devon 2016/17, to name a few. The Inn is also in the Good Pub Guide, Cool Places, aa Good Pub Guide (4* rating) and a Rosset for the menu.

The Inn aspires to be a community-first, quality led producer of exceptional food, drink and hospitality services. The Lamb appeals to a wide range of customers and still retains a proper pub feel rather than that of a restaurant. The restaurants Chargrill menu offers a wide range of cuisines, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The chefs use the availability of local produce whenever possible and the Inn has a great reputation for Sunday lunches. There are a wide selection of Real Ales, Ciders, Gins and soft drinks available, complimented by an enticing wine list.

The business is currently operated by the sole owner, who is now looking to retire, with a compliment of full time and part time members of staff. The Inn is open lunchtimes and evening during the week with all day opening at the weekends during school holidays, but is closed at lunchtime on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during school term time.

The business trades very well with a healthy mix of trade between food and wet sales, function/wedding trade and the letting accommodation. Turnover for year end April 2022 was £517,955 ex VAT. Further trading information will be provided to bona fide interested parties following a formal viewing arranged through Bettesworths.

Transfer Of A Going Concern (Togc)

The sale of the property includes the goodwill of the business and trade inventory and will be subject to Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (tupe).


We are advised the premises is connected to all main services, except for gas.


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.


The property has been VAT elected and will therefore attract VAT; however, the entire amount is recoverable in the usual way.

EPC Exempt

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