Mortgages for Pubs and Bars

06 Apr 2020

Mortgages for Pubs and Bars

Commercial Mortgage Lending for Pubs & Bars 

Specialist mortgage brokers such as the team at Revolution Finance Brokers can offer optimal lending for investments in bars and pubs. These are available to experienced business owners and new businesses alike. 

CAMRA figures indicate that there are around 50,000 such premises in the UK and whilst trade fluctuates, the market continues to be active. We have years of experience in securing mortgage lending in this sector!

Sector Experience

Many lenders consider experience running a similar business essential. Established business owners with at least two years experience and a successful track record are easier for lenders to approve since they have demonstrated adaptability to changes in the market. 

Our lending offers span specialist and mainstream lenders, and we can advise on the best options for your circumstances. We always recommend considering new products on the market, as your existing lender may not be the most competitive. 

For new business owners, being able to demonstrate management and leadership skills, as well as experience in the sector outside of business management, is important. 

Securing mortgage lending for dormant premises usually requires a period of refurbishment, and a more expensive bridging loan is a common option to assist with the development costs. This short-term lending is easier to secure, however, the lender will need to know the details of the refurbishment period and the longer-term business plan. 

Trading History

To fund the acquisition of an ongoing business, any lender will require access to the financial records to assess viability. 

Whether the lending is to purchase the leasehold or a freehold property, a minimum of three years financial accounts are required. This allows the lender to calculate an adjusted net profit figure, against which they can generally lend up to four times.

Selecting an Investment

  • Freehold: Many lenders prefer to lend against a well-established freehold business in a prime location 
  • Leasehold: Leasehold premises are considered, but may require security against the lending. Other options where security is not available include Enterprise Finance Guarantee Loans 
  • Brewery owned: Pubs linked to a brewery, rather than independent, can be harder to finance since the brewery will own the freehold and will usually not be willing to sell this. The business will also be tied into any cost increases imposed by the brewery

Mortgage Rates

Indicative mortgage rates for investment into a pub business are:

  • Interest starting at 2.7-4.5% over base rate 
  • Arrangement fees from 0-2% of the loan value
  • Loan terms of up to fifteen years combining capital and interest repayments
  • Longer terms of up to twenty years for strong established businesses, or investors with a large deposit available
  • Loan-to-value of around 55-70% with a large variance depending on the valuation of the business as a going concern 

The Mortgage Application Process

Generally, applications take between two and four months. 

To get your application underway, and analyse the market for the best option for your investment, we will need:

  • Financial accounts for the last 2-3 years for the pub being purchased
  • Your background experience to support the application
  • Personal bank statements for the last six months
  • An assets and liabilities statement
  • Your proof of address and ID
  • Management information against the business
  • VAT returns for the last four filing periods 
  • Any supporting information about the business and property

Contact us now to discuss your personal options, Revolution Finance Brokers specialise in commercial and residential finance in Essex, Kent, London and Hertfordshire.



Almas Uddin

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