PUBLICANS across the south are hoping for a busy summer as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.

Months of lockdowns and social distancing rules have created a huge pent-up demand for one of life's great pleasures - a trip to your favourite watering hole.

Here we take a took at some of the pubs looking for a new landlord.

George and Falcon

Warnford Road, Warnford

Ingoing cost: £25,000

Rent: £48,000

The George and Falcon is a Grade II-listed building dating back to the 16th century, located on the A32 in the beautiful village of Warnford.

Full of character and traditional features, this country pub is a hidden gem offering a fantastic experience to locals and visitors from further afield.

The pub is 0.75 miles from the South Downs Way and walks have been designed from the pub to the official walking trails.

The Moorhen Trout Fishery is also only 0.25 miles away.

Junction Inn

Priory Road, Southampton

Ingoing cost: £10,400

Rent: £10,000.

The Junction Inn is a popular and well-known pub located in a largely residential are, at the heart of St Denys.

This well-established business benefits from regular trade from local residents, cask ale enthusiasts, commuters from the close-by railway station and supporters of Southampton Football Club - St Mary's stadium is just a short walk away.

Internally there is one extensive bar, which wraps around the trading space.

Behind the bar is an adequate commercial kitchen and the bar is supported by a large ground floor cellar. Generally, the site is in good decorative condition.

Externally there is a large beer garden, sheltered smoking space and patio area.

Windsor Castle

Shirley High Street

Ingoing cost: £6,000

Rent: £21,000

The Windsor Castle is a large building situated on a corner plot and faces on to Shirley High Street within a small precinct of shops and next to a large Sainsbury's store.

There's a wealth of small businesses, shops and facilities in the immediate vicinity that attract people to the area from much further afield.

Shirley is one of the largest areas in Southampton with a dense residential population of 13,900.

The local market runs weekly on a Thursday directly outside the Windsor Castle again offering another weekly event in the area attracting footfall from all over Southampton.

A raised on the right of the bar is a great location for live music and entertainment.

Bat & Ball

Salisbury Road, Breamore

Ingoing cost: £13,556

Rent: £47,500

The Bat & Ball is a beautiful country pub, located in the small village of Breamore.

Situated on the outskirts of the New Forest National Park, this striking pub is set back from the main road into Salisbury. It attracts custom from passers-by, tourists, young professionals and wealthy locals.

The pub is a very attractive, red-bricked building with great kerb appeal and beautiful hanging baskets. The open plan layout of this great opportunity allows the future operator to cater for 70-75 diners.

There is also scope to create a warm and welcoming environment for guests to stay overnight. There are two apartments and a little cottage on site, which is currently an unexplored opportunity.

Market House Tavern

Forton Road, Gosport

Ingoing cost: £16,750

Rent: £27,000

The Market House Tavern presents a great opportunity for an experienced publican to run this great community pub on Forton Lane in Gosport. It caters for the locals and welcomes several pub sports, including the women's and men's darts and pool teams.

The Market House Tavern has one bar and also includes a pool table on the far left-hand side of the pub. The darts area is situated to the left of the bar and it has plenty of seating available all around the bar area.

The pub has a convenient patio area to the side of the pub, with smoking shelter and benches.

Well-maintained private accommodation, with three spacious double rooms, comfortable lounge and kitchen, bathroom, toilet and with a private decked terrace.

Fox Tavern

North Street, Gosport

Ingoing: £12,500

Rent: £16,500

The Fox Tavern is a traditional drinks-focused pub which is near the high street and 300 meters from the Gosport Esplanade and marina.

Gosport has a population of circa 80,000 which increases by a further 10,000 in the summer months with tourists.

The Fox Tavern offers a lounge and public bar, both of which can be opened up as one via an internal door. There is a fully-equipped commercial kitchen that is accessed from the rear of the property.

The fixtures and fittings are all in good order and the pub was refurbished in 2020 just prior to the pandemic.

A patio garden is a great summer sun trap. There is no car park but plenty of off-road parking nearby along with a public pay and display car park next to the pub.


San Diego Road, Gosport

Ingoing cost: £7,800

Rent: £10,000

Ei Publican Partnerships are seeking an enthusiastic and community minded publican to take this pub forward.

The Glencoe is appropriately decorated to reflect its traditional focus. Décor is of a good standard and the pub benefits from lots of character, which reflects in the friendly atmosphere.

Soft furnishings and a number of bar stools create a friendly and comfortable space to be frequented by locals whilst allowing guests to feel at home.

Events are held in the pub on a monthly basis and currently involve a mix of live music, DJs and karaoke.

A patio area at the rear of the building includes a comfortable and sheltered smoking solution. There is ample room for seating and standing alike, making it a great social setting and suitable for year-round use.

Angel Inn

High Street, Andover

Ingoing cost: £13,400

Rent: £5,000

The Angel is an historic coaching inn, right in the centre of Andover.

The pub, formerly known as the College Inn, was partially burnt down during the great fire of Andover in 1435.

King James II enjoyed a meal with George of Denmark and Grand Duke of Ormonde when retreating from William of Orange in 1688.

It is Grade II listed and believed to be one of the oldest pubs in the country. The comprises two bars and a dining room, several smaller lounge areas, toilets and a trade kitchen.

The private accommodation is spacious and consists of three double bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and office.

West Meon Hut

West Meon Crossroads, near Petersfield

Ingoing cost: £26,000

Rent: £35,000

Nestled in the breathtaking, South Downs National Park, the West Meon is a well-positioned pub which is a big favourite with locals, holidaymakers and those just visiting the countryside.

The pub is ideally located at the crossroads of the A32 & A272 which is one of the main roads running to the historic town of Winchester, creating an abundance of passing trade.

There is one main bar, plus a built-in carvery unit.

The pub boasts two car parks, a large well-equipped sun trap garden and children’s play equipment including a climbing frame, slide and mini-adventure course.

There is also a fantastic space to the rear of the pub that has been used in the past for car festivals and can be used for camping.