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Red Lion, Swaffham Prior



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  • Attractive, popular, rural pub set in affluent Cambridgeshire village
  • Large beer garden and external drinking areas
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen with 5 star rating
  • Opportunity to further develop food trade
  • In excellent condition throughout – viewing recommended

The Red Lion is centrally located in the picturesque village of Swaffham Prior, some 5 miles west of Newmarket and 10 miles North East of the city of Cambridge . This characterful 17th century pub sits at the heart of the village, directly opposite the primary school and next to the famous twin churches. The detached, 2 storey building, benefits from a car park for 6 cars, a very large impressive grassed beer garden and 2 outdoor patio areas, one of which covered at the rear of the pub. Internally the pub is divided into 4 areas; a public bar with central bar servery with 4 hand pulls, 2 restaurant areas (one with a log burner) and a snug room with open fire.

If you have any questions, why not gives us a call on 01754 882011 and speak to Anne Bauckham.
Alternatively you can use our Contact Us Form if you prefer email.

Click here to view the pub page.


Pub Facilities

  • Beer Garden
  • Families Welcome
  • Food Served
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi Available

Licence details

Alcohol Sales
Sun to Thurs: 09:00 – 00:00
Fri and Sat: 09:00 – 02:00

Live & Recorded Music
Mon to Sun: 09:00 – 23:00


Living accommodation

The domestic area comprises 2 double bedrooms, a single bedroom (used as an office), a kitchenette, a lounge and a bathroom with a shower and WC. There is oil central heating throughout and the private quarters are in very good decorative condition.


Details of facilities in the neighbourhood

The historic village of Swaffham Prior is mentioned in the Doomsday book and is known for its twin churches (dating back to the 15th century) and 2 windmills. With a population of just under 1000, this stunning, affluent village has a Primary school and a Village hall, and is served by a regular bus route to the city of Cambridge and the centre of British Horse racing, Newmarket. Nearby is the village of Bottisham which has a college for secondary education students. The village is also popular with walkers and cyclists with the cycle/foot path to Cambridge “The Lodes Way “passing through Swaffham Prior.

If you have any questions, why not gives us a call on 01754 882011 and speak to Anne Bauckham.
Alternatively you can use our Contact Us Form if you prefer email.


Brief description of the present trading environment

The pub is divided into 4 separate areas. Firstly 2 areas are used for dining, with a total of 38 covers and a feature fireplace with a multi fuel burner. A further 14 covers can be placed in the snug, with its feature open fire. In the centre is the public bar with a bar servery – the main focal point of the pub. Beneath the bar is the good sized beer cellar. Access to the well-presented ladies and gents toilets is by going down the corridor towards the rear of the servery. All areas were redecorated in 2018, including new carpets, with the fully equipped kitchen also being extended that year to generate more space and a separate preparation area. Immediately to the rear of the pub is a covered patio with tables and chairs, which leads to a further patio area and a small car park for 6 cars (there is also unrestricted street parking).  Beyond this is the very large well maintained beer garden, with numerous picnic tables and great views over the pub and the village. Further catering storage is housed in the detached former garage, which contains freezers and a walk in fridge.

The cost of taking the pub on is ££15,525, plus stock at valuation, valuation fees and working capital.


Experience and qualities to be demonstrated by the successful applicant

  • Catering experience essential
  • Passionate about real ale
  • Keen to serve the local community
  • Determined to provide the highest retail standards
  • Proficient on social media

Business agreements available

This pub is available on a 3 year renewable secured tenancy (i.e. automatically renewable). This includes a supply agreement for all wet stock. The Profit Partnership Plus tenancy agreement offers highly discounted Free Trade Cash and Carry Pricing.

For the duration of the term of the agreement and subsequent agreements if renewed, there are no rent reviews.

If you have any questions, why not gives us a call on 01754 882011 and speak to Anne Bauckham.
Alternatively you can use our Contact Us Form if you prefer email.

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