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Each business sector is different, and with many clients seeking financing to invest in a pub or bar business, we have created this brief guide to highlight the essential information when mortgaging a commercial pub property.

For bespoke support and advice about how to secure the borrowing you need, contact the Revolution Brokers team on 0330 304 3040 or drop us an email at

Understanding How Pub Mortgages Work

Commercial mortgages are a viable option to provide funding to buy a pub. 

There are multiple mortgage options, and the right solution depends on whether the pub is freehold or leasehold, and what sort of lending you require.

How do Lenders Calculate Eligibility for Pub Mortgages?

Investing in a pub isn't the same as mortgaging a residential property, since it is a business rather than primarily a home.

Mortgage lenders will want to know about your skills, experience and business plan to demonstrate that the investment is viable.

Typical factors a commercial lender will look at include:

  • The LTV ratio - i.e. how much you want to borrow against the value of the property.
  • Your credit history and rating.
  • Whether you have previous experience in the pub industry.
  • Business profits and performance to demonstrate affordability.
  • Where the business is based.

Do I Need a Minimum Number of Years Experience to Mortgage a Pub?

While not essential when working with an expert broker, a mainstream lender prefers to see applications with at least two or three years of experience.

Our specialist lenders will also consider start-ups and new businesses.

In some cases, you might not have owned a pub before, but have other relevant experience such as in other areas of hospitality, or in managing a business or workforce.

How Much Deposit Do I Need to Buy a Pub Through a Mortgage?

Commercial mortgages tend to start at around a 30% deposit, with some lenders requiring as much as 45%.

This all depends on how risky the application is, and you can influence the deposit requirements by considering:

  • Whether you can offer additional security as well as a deposit.
  • If you need an owner-occupier mortgage, with a deposit requirement of 30-40%.
  • If you need a commercial investment mortgage, with deposits around 30%.

Is There a Maximum Mortgage Size for a Pub Business?

Commercial mortgages don't have a fixed maximum, per se, but a lender will look at the business trade and profits to calculate the maximum they feel comfortable lending.

In some cases, you might be able to include other income to add to the trading profits to increase the value you can borrow.

Lenders may also consider projected trade and earnings.

Is it Best to Use a Specialist Lender or a High Street Bank for a Pub Mortgage?

In many cases, commercial mortgages are more competitive with lenders who have experience in the sector and understand the market and trading conditions.

For professional advice about the lenders best suited to your borrowing requirements, give us a call on 0330 304 3040.

Can I Mortgage a Pub if I Have Adverse Credit Issues?

Mainstream lenders often reject commercial mortgage applications where there are negative credit issues to consider.

However, niche lenders can be more flexible and will consider how severe the credit issues were, and when they occurred.

Remember that shareholders and directors are also liable to be credit-checked, and any bad credit ratings of an owner may impact the lenders you can apply to for your pub mortgage.

Is it Possible to Apply for a Pub Mortgage After Retirement?

You can - if you meet the other eligibility criteria, then niche lenders will be happy to lend to you, regardless of your age.

Does the Size of Pub Mortgage Impact the Eligibility Rules?

Not really, since commercial mortgages are bespoke and the size of the mortgage will depend on the property, business, and circumstances.

Is it Worth Using a Pub Mortgage Calculator?

Mortgage calculators are useful as an indication, but cannot help with understanding the exact rates you are likely to be offered, as this all depends on a wide range of eligibility criteria.

The only way to get an accurate idea of the interest rates, maximum borrowing, and monthly repayment values is to speak to a professional commercial mortgage broker, such as the Revolution Finance team.

Are There Alternatives to Commercial Mortgage Finance for a Pub?

There are multiple commercial financing options, depending on how much you need to borrow and for what purpose:

  • Releasing equity - if you have other properties, you can remortgage to release capital for a pub investment.
  • Bridging loans - a short-term alternative financing option if you need pub finance quickly, or are pending other sales before applying for a mortgage.
  • Development finance - ideal for new-build business projects, or redevelopments. If you want to renovate an old pub business, you can usually borrow up to 75% of the initial cost, and 100% of the build costs. The finances are released in stages as the build progresses.

Expert Advice with UK Pub Mortgages

Whether you want to invest in a pub business, renovate an existing property, or remortgage your commercial financing, the Revolution Brokers team can help.

As an independent UK whole-of-market broker, our consultants offer professional advice on the right financing products, and the best mortgage options to support your business goals.

Give us a call on 0330 304 3040 or get in touch via email at

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FCA disclaimer

*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs. Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.

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