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You bring the personality and passion – we’ll deliver the retail offer and expert support.

If you provide the warm and welcoming hospitality and a happy pub team, we’ll give you a ready-made retail concept and all the tools to take care of the key operational aspects of running a successful pub business.

Our Retail Contracts offers an exciting new way for you to run a Punch pub – with all the training and day-to-day business support you need.

Working on a self-employed basis, you’ll benefit from our wide experience in the pub sector and we’ll create some or all of the offer for you, as well as providing plenty more top business tips. With a proven retail concept and many practical tasks organised by Punch, you’ll be free to focus on providing your customers with the best possible pub hospitality experience– and reap growing rewards.

The Horse & Groom, The Street, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 3RD

The Horse & Groom, The Street, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 3RD

Minimum Ingoing Costs: £5,295

Annual Turnover: £748.301

Looking to run a pub?

The Horse & Groom, Mortimer, Berkshire is lovely Cask Marque community village pub which is undergoing a significant refurbishment to enhance the trading areas and give the pub a beautiful new look and feel throughout. Situated in a desirable village on Mortimer Common, opposite the Mortimer Cricket Club and close by the village school there are residents within walking distance and then surrounding villages in the wider area. Reading is also just 4 miles away.


Business Facilities & Refurbishment

  • Punch are investing in a completely new look and feel for this pub, we are creating a much improved layout for the trading areas, so it will be completely different to the way it currently appears.
  • The exterior is to have a fresh look, with new signage, lighting and decoration.
  • We are investing to extend the dining area increasing covers to 134, there will be beautiful new décor across all trading areas, new flooring and tiles and back of house will also be given new décor and flooring as required. The pub will also have redecorated toilets and flooring and tiles.
  • The pub also has a beer garden for warmer months.
  • Take a look at the full details in the design pack below.



The domestic accommodation will include two bedrooms.


About the local area

The village of Mortimer is about 4 miles from Reading, with great road and rail links to London and the West Country. The village is surrounded by open countryside with plenty of local walks, the village school is next door to the pub and its opposite Mortimer Cricket Club. The village residents live in a mixture of well-established housing and new builds (many of which is in walking distance) and is growing due to the proximity to Reading. There are also a number of villages in the wider area who are within easy driving distance for an evening or weekend meal or to meet with friends.


This pub may suit

This pub would suit an operator with catering experience, ideally from a managed house or maybe a retail background. You will be keen to create a welcoming pub and to develop this business to its full potential, drive a team and establish it as a popular dining venue which will be known for its service and high standards in the local area.


About the Contract

Our retail contract is a fantastic way to run a pub on a self-employed basis, but have the comfort and support of knowing that we are right beside you to guide you through this business venture

You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that the fixed costs associated with running a small business are not yours. Leaving you free to focus entirely on delivering a great retail offer to drive sales and profit.


What’s on Offer

  • Low cost entry
  • Self-employed
  • A ready-made pub with tried and tested food and drinks offers
  • 3-year contract (3-month notice period) rent free
  • Most of the day to day running costs are covered by us
  • LOTS of support from Punch
  • Accommodation included
  • 5-day Induction course – free of charge is provided together with additional on-going training, a support package and a dedicated Punch Development Manager to help you develop your business


You only pay for:

  • Labour
  • Consumables
  • Internal Maintenance

* The calculation of the initial ingoing costs assumes a minimum deposit (£3,000 or £5,000) plus legal fees. The subsequent deposit build up can be paid over the term of the contract and up to £100 per week. This can be discussed with the Punch Development Manager*

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