Pub Tenancies - Spotlight On Lancashire
Date added: Wed, 19/07/2017 - 10:00
With the bright lights of Blackpool on its coast, the Yorkshire Dales to the north east, and Preston ranking as the ‘best city to live and work in north west England’: Lancashire is a great place to run a pub.
In easy reach of Manchester and Liverpool and with prime holiday destinations on its doorstep, Lancashire is part of the ‘northern powerhouse’ attracting residents and visitors to all areas of the county. Along with popular towns like Blackpool, Lancaster, Southport and Morecambe, there are also numerous picturesque Lancashire villages.
The county also boasts a stunning coastline. From the pleasure beach at Blackpool, the wide spaces of Bolton-le-Sands near Lancaster, resorts at Morecambe and Cleveleys, to the salt marshes and mudflats at Sunderland Point; the Lancashire coast has something for everyone.
But what about pubs? As you might expect there are opportunities to run a pub across the county, depending on the type of pub you want to run and where you want to live. With easy access to great produce from the sea and land, local food is a feature of many successful pubs in this part of the world.
During the summer months the population swells dramatically in the holiday hotspots offering opportunities to cater for visitors and run seasonal events. While in cities like Preston, 17,000 new homes have attracted more permanent residents to the area.
In PwC’s Good Growth for Cities index, Preston scored highly for jobs and business start ups, and also in three other key areas: higher owner occupation, house price to earnings, and income distribution. These indicators all suggest that residents in the city enjoy a good quality of living, and for licensees there are opportunities to provide a great pub experience for locals and visitors alike.
We have several pub opportunities currently available in Lancashire for the right licensee. Have a look at our vacancies here.
Our Top 3 Picks For Pub Tenancies In Lancashire
The pubs below were available at the time of publishing, but may now be taken. However they give you a flavour of the type of pubs we have available in Lancashire and neighbouring counties. You can find more pubs to let in Lancashire by clicking here.
1. City centre pub in Preston. Old Black Bull
If you are local to Preston or want to move to this thriving city, the Old Black Bull could be the perfect opportunity for you. This 150 year old pub is close to the city centre and in a very prominent position. It’s a traditional pub with a reputation for cask ales and has a stunning mosaic floor as well as other period features.
As well as being close to the town centre, the pub is also close to Preston University, making it a popular destination for students. Currently the pub does not have a food offer but it does have a kitchen and so has great potential for expanding the pub offer to include food as well as local and national cask ales, craft beers and lagers, and other drinks.
2. By the seaside. Gillespies, Blackpool
This great pub in Blackpool is popular with both locals and holidaymakers and is ideally situated in the heart of the town. It’s a busy area with all the local amenities and attractions close by, so perfect for attracting passing trade especially in the holiday season.
Gillespies has a reputation for cask ales and for sports, and there is plenty of scope to extend both the entertainments programme and the pub offer. Currently the pub doesn’t have a food offer, but with a trade kitchen there is an opportunity to introduce food that will attract more people to the pub and keep customers for longer too.
3. Village life close to Preston. The Anchor, Hutton
Situated in the prosperous village of Hutton, close to Preston, the Anchor is a newly refurbished pub ready for a licensee with vision to grow the business. Opportunities include introducing a great quality, locally-sourced menu, building a reputation for cask ales and world lagers, and developing the function room for weddings, private parties and events.
With extensive rooms upstairs, there is also scope to let guest rooms and offer wedding packages etc. There is competition in the area from other pubs and hospitality businesses, however with upwards of 54,000 residents in the pub’s catchment area there is great potential for trade.
If you’re looking for a pub tenancy or lease in the Lancashire area and haven’t yet seen your perfect pub, get in touch with our team. We may have an opportunity coming up soon that’s not currently listed on our site, or have a pub just over the border in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Merseyside or Greater Manchester. Apply to run a pub here.