Dolphin, Stisted

Freehold for Sale

Price: Offers in Excess of £300,000 Ex VAT (exc VAT)

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Characterful, Listed pub with extensive restaurant covers occupying prominent position on busy A120 west of Braintree.

Key Points

  • 2,211 sq ft Gross External Area - (205 sq m)
  • Freehold for sale with the benefit of vacant possession
  • Pleasant interconnecting trade areas with beams and wood-burning stoves
  • Modern extension creating additional c. 36 restaurant covers
  • Well-equipped commercial trade kitchen and wash room
  • Two dedicated car parks and delightful trade garden adjoining countryside
  • EPC rating: 79 (D)


Stisted is a small village (pop. 662 – 2011 census) located halfway between Braintree and Colchester on the A120. The Dolphin is located to the south of the village, approximately 2.5 miles west of Braintree town centre. It boasts an elevated position above the busy A120 (Coggeshall Road) on the outskirts of the village and is surrounded by open fields.


The Dolphin public house is believed to date back to the mid 16th Century and is a detached, predominantly 2-storey pub with a modern, pitched roof extension to the side and a flat roof extension to the rear.

The ground floor trading space is accessed via a central lobby entrance and includes a public bar featuring a fireplace with wood burning stove, extensive wooden beams and access to male and female WCs.  There is a secondary bar area and further ‘snug’ area, which also includes a wood burning stove. In total these areas, including bar stools, cater to c. 46 covers. On the left-hand side, there is an impressive, modern extension which is set up as a dedicated restaurant, with a disabled WC to the rear. In total, this area has approximately 36 covers.

The back of house includes a well-equipped trade kitchen with commercial extraction, wash room and ground floor cellar.  On the first floor there is private accommodation which would benefit from refurbishment and currently comprises 3 inter-connecting rooms and bathroom.

Externally, there is a small trade garden to the front of the pub with tables for c. 12 covers and a tarmac car park for c. 6 vehicles.  To the rear there is a further car park for c. 16 vehicles, steel outbuilding used for storage, steel container, timber shed and a pleasant trade garden which is predominantly laid to lawn and backs onto countryside.


The area of the site is 0.48 acres. The ground floor footprint (GEA) of the public house extends to 205m² (2,211ft²) excluding the outbuildings.

Measurements are taken from digital mapping and are approximate.


We are advised by Braintree District Council that the outlet is Grade II Listed but is not situated within a Conservation Area. Purchasers are recommended to make their own enquiries.

Fixtures & Fittings

No fixtures and fittings will be warranted with this sale and an inventory cannot be provided. The property is being 'sold as seen' and any items left on the day of completion will be inherited by the purchaser excluding any third party items such as beer raising equipment.

Trading Information

Our client is not in occupation and therefore no trade is sold or warranted. Barrelage figures can be made available to any genuinely interested parties.

Rates & Charges

Business Rates
£16,800.00 per annum (based on a Rateable Value of £35,000)
Council Tax
£1306.68 per annum (Band B)

5 Coggeshall Road
CM77 8EU