Queen, 96, to open her first pub at Sandringham estate

The Queen looks set to own her first pub in person at Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The gastronomy-style pub is planned to be created in the former social club of her estate, which closed two years ago.

The Royal Estate – privately owned by the Queen – plans to rent out a vacant Victorian building to be converted into a pub, while retaining freehold.

If the plan goes through, it will mean the Queen will have her own watering hole less than a mile from Sandringham’s former home, which will also be the new home for Prince William and his family, their country retreat Just across the fields from Anmer Hall.

The Queen (pictured in April 2022) looks set to own her first pub

The Queen (pictured in April 2022) looks set to own her first pub

The gourmet-style pub is planned to be created in the former social club of her estate, which closed two years ago in Sandringham, north of Norfolk, opposite St Peter and St Paul's Church in West Newton Village

The gourmet-style pub is planned to be created in the former social club of her estate, which closed two years ago in Sandringham, north of Norfolk, opposite St Peter and St Paul’s Church in West Newton Village

The Royal Estate - privately owned by the Queen - plans to rent out vacant Victorian building to be converted into a pub while retaining freehold

The Royal Estate – privately owned by the Queen – plans to rent out vacant Victorian building to be converted into a pub while retaining freehold

Real estate agent Landles described it as “a rare opportunity for the right operator to develop a new destination for public housing with the potential for restaurants and rental space.”

The 4,350-square-foot building is home to the Sandringham Club, which was opened in 1884 by the Queen’s great-grandfather, King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales.

It is opposite St Peter and St Paul’s Church in West Newton Village, where the Queen usually conducts services once a year, and the church hall where she attends Sandringham Women’s Association meetings.

Local villagers are said to have had mixed reactions, with some worried about cars blocking local roads, while others were looking forward to having a drink on their doorstep.

Landles described the former club as being “full of character and occupying an elevated position” with “splendid panoramic views of adjacent farmland and expansive blue skies north-west of Norfolk”.

The 4,350-square-foot building is home to the Sandringham Club, which opened in 1884

The 4,350-square-foot building is home to the Sandringham Club, which opened in 1884

If the plan goes ahead, it will mean the 96-year-old queen will have her own watering hole less than a mile from Sandringham's former home

If the plan goes ahead, it will mean the 96-year-old queen will have her own watering hole less than a mile from Sandringham’s former home

Real estate agent Landers described it as

Real estate agent Landers described it as “a rare opportunity for the right operator to develop public housing in a new destination with the potential for restaurants and rental space”

It is hoped that the new occupier will be able to interact with the local community, breathe new life into the home and help maintain the building

It is hoped that the new occupier will be able to interact with the local community, breathe new life into the home and help maintain the building

The idea for the bar is the latest in a string of innovations that Prince Charles has launched since taking over the 20,000-acre estate from his father, Prince Philip.

Charles made the estate fully organic, improved the car park, remodeled the restaurant and gift shop, and built a new adventure playground – although everything still belongs to the Queen.

Lease bylaws state that any applicant operating a pub must provide a CV of industry experience, financial references and develop a “community engagement consultation” plan to ensure support from local residents.

Randles said the building was at the heart of “an established destination for the large and expanding holiday and tourism economy of Norfolk’s rural and coastal regions”.

The club – built from red brick and local Carstone – offers facilities including a bar with a concealed vaulted ceiling, and a snooker room for locals and workers before closing.

The club - built from red brick and local Carstone - offers facilities including a bar with concealed vaulted ceilings and a snooker room for locals and workers before closing

The club – built from red brick and local Carstone – offers facilities including a bar with concealed vaulted ceilings and a snooker room for locals and workers before closing

The lease details stipulate that applicants must provide a CV of industry experience, financial references, and have a plan to ensure support from local residents

The lease details stipulate that applicants must provide a CV of industry experience, financial references, and have a plan to ensure support from local residents

The idea for the bar is the latest in a string of innovations Prince Charles has launched since taking over the 20,000-acre estate

The idea for the bar is the latest in a string of innovations Prince Charles has launched since taking over the 20,000-acre estate

Landers, a real estate agent based in King's Lynn, Norfolk, said:

Landers, a real estate agent based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, said: “Due to the impact of the pandemic and declining membership, like other small private organisations in the hospitality industry, the difficult decision not to reopen clubs has been made’

But Randles, based in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, said: “Due to the impact of the pandemic and declining membership, like other small private bodies in the hospitality industry, the difficult decision not to reopen clubs has been made.

“As a result, new occupiers are now being sought, and plans include engagement with the local community to gain new life, bring commercial activity to the community and help maintain these important places.”

“The premises is vacant and now presents an ideal and unique investment and upgrade opportunity for new occupiers and businesses as a public space with an associated restaurant.

“Capital investment is required and the proposal aims to give new tenants an incentive to create new businesses.”

The existing bowling club next to the bar and the butcher shop in front of the building will continue to operate independently.

The agent has not disclosed any lease terms.

the building is at the heart of

the building is at the heart of “an established destination for Norfolk’s rural and coastal region’s large and expanding holiday and tourism economy”

Local villagers are said to have had mixed reactions, with some worried about cars clogging up local roads, while others were hoping for a drink at their doorstep

Local villagers are said to have had mixed reactions, with some worried about cars clogging up local roads, while others were hoping for a drink at their doorstep