Borough Bridge Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 5SQ


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Pub overview

Walk right in and take over an award-winning sports and entertainment pub, it is in the heart of the community with an open plan bar, restaurant and games area. The pub is known for its great value food and drink offer. It is ideal for all the family being a traditional family friendly pub with its dining area catering for everyone - furthermore, it's great for meeting with friends. The pub shows live sport and has regular live entertainment, plus a dedicated darts area with 3 competition dart boards. The Ainsty has also built a reputation for being much more than just a ‘local’ pub. Customers know that there’s always something going on whether it’s live music, sport or entertainment. In the 2017 Minster FM Listener Choice Awards, it won Silver for Best Pub and Bronze for Best Event. **Large discount on beer**

The large restaurant areas leads through and past the bar to a raised area and the darts area. A central bar connects all trading areas and there is a well equipped commercial kitchen also located on the ground floor, with a large cellar situated under the pub. The pub also features a large function room on the first floor above the trade area. Food is currently provided by the Pub Partners Food & Supplies Service which offers a complete menu, training, crockery and even point of sale support too – it couldn’t be easier to manage. The business has achieved a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating.

This modern pub is in great condition and has an open plan layout that makes it easy to manage. With indoor seating for 130 people and an additional outdoor capacity of 128 in the summer months, it is a large venue that would suit a more experienced operator. When events are on, there’s capacity for 480 customers so you’ll need to be organised to plan how to make the most of the sales opportunities that the business provides.

Trade space
Bars 1
Car park spaces 25
Dining rooms 1
Food covers 130
Function rooms 1
Gardens 1
Trade kitchens 1
Patio areas 1

The pub comes with large accommodation which is divided into 2 x 3-bedroom flats, each with a bathroom, lounge and separate kitchen. This makes it perfect for business partners who can have separate accommodation for their families.

Private space
Private Rooms 12
Lounge 2
Single Bedrooms 6
Private Kitchen 2
Bathrooms 1
Toilets 1

Rent information

Annual rent £50,000 per annum
Weekly rent £961.54 per week fixed

£50,000 per annum, £961.54 per week fixed and subject to annual RPI increase, which is capped. Paid weekly by direct debit. Machine income free of tie.

Entry costs approx £24,330 which includes fixtures and fittings, stock, glassware, crockery, cutlery, fuel and cleaning materials, legal, brokers and stocktaking fees, training fees, schedule of condition, working capital and deposit (25% of head rent, minimum £6,000). *Please note an assisted purchase may be available for the right operator and the F&F costs are shown as a 25% deposit and full cost is approx. £23,320*

Brokers £675 Legal £825
Deposit £6,000 Stocktaking fees £150
Fixtures & fittings £5,830 Working capital £2,000
Other costs £8,850 Total entry cost £24,330

Agreement description

Standard Tenancy Agreement A fixed 5 year term agreement which is contracted out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 •Tie variations available •Rent set at the start of the agreement, subject to the annual Retail Prices Index (RPI) which is capped •Flexible pricing options available •Greene King is responsible for the structure of the building •Ability to end agreement with 6 months notice at any time with standard notice fee equal to 3 months rent

You will need to estimate the turnover you expect to achieve from the pub, with regard to food and accommodation (if applicable). Barrelage figures are given to assist you with calculations.

Calculators to help you are available on the business planning section of our website.

Trading volumes

Year Beer (Brls) Wine & spirits (Ltrs) Minerals (Ltrs)
2017/18 569 3,092 10,769
2016/17 587 3,215 10,259
2015/16 625 3,215 10,609
Volume notes


The location for the Ainsty has everything going for it, occupying a huge corner plot on the A59 and right in the heart of a large residential area. The Holgate area of York has a good mix of socio-demographic people with high level of employment 69%. Average age is centred around 30-59 with 12% of residents retired. Home ownership is also above the UK average at 73%. The pub is therefore perfectly targeted at locals with some money to spend who appreciate good value and are looking for something to keep them engaged in your business. The city also offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination.


Trade bar
Car park
Dining area
Function room
Pub garden
Trade kitchen
Trade patio

Current premises licence opening hours

Monday - Wednesday - 09:00hrs - 01:30hrs Thursday - Saturday - 09:00hrs - 02:30hrs Sunday - 09:00hrs - 01:30hrs

Contact Us

Andy Wearn

Business Development Manager

Call the Recruitment team on 01284 714 497

Apply online
“ This pub has an excellent reputation that keeps it really popular with the locals. You can take over knowing that all the hard work has been done for you. We’re looking for an inspired creative thinker who can sustain the pub’s reputation and ensure that the business continues to attract local residents and provides a reason for them to keep visiting. ”