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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1995-

(Name from)

Hop Pocket

Closed 2019

The Street

Bossingham

01227 709866

www.hoppocket.uk

https://whatpub.com/hop-pocket

Hop Pocket 2006

Above photo, 2006, kindly sent by Geoffrey Hall.

Hop Pocket inside 2006

Above photo, 2006, kindly sent by Geoffrey Hall.

Hop Pocket 2007

Above photo 2007 by Nick Smith Creative Commons Licence.

Hop Pocket bar 2014

Above photo, 2014, kindly sent by Geoffrey Hall.

Hop Pocket 2018

Above photo 2018.

Hop Pocket sign 1995Hop Pocket sign 1995

Above signs, June 1995.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

Hop Pocket sign 2006

Above sign, 2006, kindly sent by Geoffrey Hall.

 

I am informed in March 2018 that the pub is closed for business. The owners are "considering their options" but at least the lease is on the market for someone else to take it on as a pub at present.

After a short time closed I am glad to see it open again in June 2018.

I am informed that of August 2018 the pub was under sale for an asking price of 57,000. It closed its doors for a short time but opened them again in December 2018.

Latest news in April 2019 shows the pub up for sale again, but the freeholder wants to sell the pub as a going concern.

 

Hop Pocket 2019

Above photo, May 2019, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Joe Wright, 23 April 2019.

The Hop Pocket in Bossingham near Canterbury, goes up for sale.

A village pub is up on the market for more than 400,000.

Potential buyers interested in snapping up The Hop Pocket, in Bossingham, are being encouraged to take advantage of its "desirable location".

Situated in The Street - between Stelling Minnis and Petham in the rural outskirts of Canterbury - the spacious pub boasts living space for the owner.

The agents managing the sale say there is potential to develop the plot of land which lies next to the large car park.

With exposed wooden beams and open fireplaces, the two-storey pub has a traditional country feel.

James Hughes, senior business agent at Christie & Co, said: “The Hop Pocket presents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a well established and desirable business with a strong following.

“The pub is already well decorated, creating an easy transition for an incoming buyer to open the doors straight away. Rural freehouses are very much in demand at the moment, especially in the south east, which is a desirable location for lifestyle buyers, and also due to Kent being a popular UK tourist destination.”

The asking price is 415,000.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk, By Chris Britcher, 29 October 2019.

Hop Pocket pub in Bossingham, near Canterbury, sells for 390,000.

A highly regarded village pub has been snapped up for 25,000 below the guide price.

The Hop Pocket in Bossingham, between Stelling Minnis and Petham, near Canterbury was put on the market in April with a guide price of 415,000.

And the freehold has now been sold for an agreed fee of 390,000 by new owner Thorsons Farms Limited.

The new owner hopes on reopening to provide additional community amenity and benefits following discussion with the local stakeholders.

James Hughes, senior business agent at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “The Hop Pocket garnered plenty of interest and we did receive a number of offers. The market in Kent is always buoyant so we were always confident of being able to find a buyer for the Hop Pocket.”

The pub is rated with a score of four out of five in the Good Pub Guide.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, 29 October 2019.

Investor snapshot village pub.

The village pub is set to be given a new lease of life after being snapped up by a newcomer to the trade.

The hot pocket at Bossingham has been brought by investor Jeremy Cowley who plans to refurbish the property and reopen the business.

He has bought the freehold for 390,000 after the property was marketed through Christie & Co.

The pub in The Street between Stelling Minnis and Petham is the only one in the village.

Rated with a score of 4 out of 5 in the good pub guide, it has many traditional features including exposed beamed ceilings and open fireplaces.

Christie & Co agent James Hughes, who handled the sale said:- "The Hop Pocket generated plenty of interest and we did receive a number of offers. The market in Kent is always buoyant so we were always confident of being able to find a buyer.

 

According to What Pub the premises is currently closed during refurbishment and probably also due to the Covid shutdown (2020).

Latest news from Rory Kehoe says the following:- The pub looks set to re-open sometime in June. Now owned by local company, Thorsons Farms Ltd, the pub will feature a smaller bar area and incorporate a family room for the service of teas and light meals. Other plans include building a small number of Bed and Breakfast rooms at the rear of the pub, as well as some improvements to the garden.

 

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