EVER spent the night down your local pub and wondered what it would be like if you were standing behind the bar instead?

Well, if you've found yourself entertaining that idea, now could be time to give it a try as there are plenty of watering holes around Sussex which are currently up for grabs.

With a bit of cash behind you there are a number of tenancy agreements - where you pay the rent, bills and staff costs - available on boozers from Brighton to Battle.

And, in many cases, private accommodation is included - so if could be getting a home as well as a business.

Here are a selection of what's out there according to the findmypub.com website.

> NB: All information was available on the website on the day of publication

1. Preston Brewery Tap

The Argus:

The Argus:

Address: Preston Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 6SA

Ingoing cost: £9,750

Rent: £27,000

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: The private quarters are well-fitted and comprise three bedrooms, a domestic kitchen, lounge and bathroom with separate WC.

Details: Having been redecorated in recent years, the site is in great condition both indoors and out. Local bands and discos are a key driver of trade, and the ingoing publican has a fabulous opportunity to utilise the commercial kitchen to provide a good pub menu. An operator who has catering skills and a willingness to welcome the community is now being sought.

The open plan bar area features a beautiful skylight in the roof which floods the space with natural light, and this is complemented by wooden flooring, good quality furnishings and neutrally coloured walls. The bar servery hosts cask ales as well as international brands, and there is space on the back wall for wines and spirits. There is a range of loose tables, chairs and stools, and some of the large, secluded booths have their own television screen, ensuring customers always have a good view. Around 50 covers can be accommodated throughout the property. Next door, a games area has a pool table with overhead lighting and a darts throw. The rear lobby is perfect for vertical drinking, and the fully equipped trade kitchen is ideally placed to support the development of a new food offer.

The enclosed rear patio is currently the smoking solution, and with the addition of furniture and decorative planting, this has fantastic potential to become an alfresco dining and drinking area. The paved area to the front of the building also has two picnic benches.

2. Lamb

The Argus:

The Argus:

Address: Fisher Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DG

Ingoing cost: £16,800

Rent: £24,000

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: Consists of two bedrooms, office, toilet, bathroom and a living room.

Details: ​This historic town centre pub requires an experienced operator to grow the existing business. There is great room for growth, and this could be achieved by introducing a food offering (subject to investment in kitchen equipment). The Lamb has a fine reputation as a live music venue and benefits from a large trading area.

The Lamb has a long central bar servery with a spacious trade area; there is a separate smaller bar that could be used as a second drinking space or private room.

Externally there is a sheltered outdoor area. The pub has been recently refurbished throughout with investment in the bar area toilets and courtyard.

3. Wellington

The Argus:

The Argus:

Address: Steyne Road, Seaford, East Sussex

Ingoing cost: £41,650

Rent: £60,000

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: The private accommodation is large and spacious with three large bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, bathroom and a roof terrace. There is ample room for a family to live in. Alongside this, there are several offices and accommodation for the night porter or staff.

Details: ​This quirky traditional Inn has all the revenue streams you could wish for. Firstly, there is a strong wet trade which can be maintained and improved upon. The trading space has a sports bar and lounge bar with strong regular trade and offers a traditional pub atmosphere with lovely open fires. The restaurant is well established and busy at mealtimes and is popular with residents and passers-by. Finally, there are four letting rooms and a function room, ideal for parties and other events. The landlords are looking at a large investment in this site in the near future, and you could be part of this!

4. Warwick Arms

The Argus:

The Argus:

Address: Warwick Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3DQ

Ingoing cost: £35,800

Rent: TBC

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: Consist of two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, office and bathroom.

Details: ​The Warwick Arms is a prominent town centre public house in the heart of the commercial and retail district of Worthing. The operator will have a huge opportunity to develop both wet and dry sales, following the transformational investment scheme at the Warwick Arms.

The pub is close to the beach and Worthing pier and surrounded by retail and commercial buildings. The Town centre is undergoing substantial investment, and the pub is well placed to capitalise on this going forward. The offer is predominantly wet-led, and there is a strong sports following, with football being popular. The Warwick Arms is the leading pub in Worthing for screening live sports and additionally live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Entertainment is key to the success of this business, and we will need an operator who can carry on the reputation this pub has. There is an opportunity to develop the trade further and to premiumize the retail offer through investment. Food can also be developed in conjunction with the re-launch of the business.

The trade area consists of a large central bar servery dominates the trade area, with a separate dining area for circa 40 covers. Additionally, there is a dance floor with a DJ Booth. Furthermore, there is a well-equipped catering kitchen.

5. The Engineer

The Argus:

The Argus:

Address: Railway Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0AY

Ingoing cost: £11,000

Rent: £15,000

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: The private accommodation, which is located on the first floor comprises three bedrooms, lounge, bathroom and kitchen. This can be accessed through the bar area.

Details: ​The Engineer is located on Railway Road, Newhaven opposite the Harbour Railway station and close to the main Harbour terminal, with regular passenger services to Dieppe. Newhaven is a coastal town, located some 6 miles east of Brighton and 7/8 miles west of Eastbourne. The pub is surrounded by residential housing and a beautiful Eastside park with a football pitch and children’s play area which is also close to the retail park. Newhaven Town centre is a short distance away – approximately a quarter of a mile. Local demographics are made up of mortgaged residents and working-class families, who frequently use the pub. 

The pub is a large two-storey property. The trade area is split into two main areas in which the main public bar, dominated by a central bar servery and also has a raised stage area to the rear, hosting live entertainment and events. A big-screen television is also in the main bar catering for all Sky Sports & BT Sports events. The toilets are situated to the rear, and there is a small catering kitchen behind the bar area. The games room is to the rear of the premises housing a pool table, darts oche for the pub sports teams and leisure.

Externally via the back of the pub, there is a large beer garden with sheltered smoking shelter and children’s play area, although there is no car park, there is off-street parking available.

6. Woodman Arms

The Argus:

The Argus:

Address: Hammerpot, Angmering, Littlehampton, Sussex, BN16 4EU

Ingoing cost: £19,000

Rent: TBC

Type: Tenancy

Accommodation: Consists of two bedrooms, living room kitchen and bathroom.

Details: ​Situated adjacent to the A27 about 6 miles from Worthing, the Woodman Arms also has racing courses Fontwell and Goodwood nearby and Arundel Castle.

Internally this is a one bar pub with a mix of seating to accommodate about 60 covers. The restaurant area holds approximately 40, with seating in the bar area and there is also a separate snug area. A log burner adds to the warm feel throughout — well-equipped trade kitchen.

A beautiful garden to the front and side of the pub with tables and wooden benches. Large car park available plus two garage/storerooms.