Pub Tenancies – Spotlight On Yorkshire

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Written by: Pub Partners Team
Date added: Mon, 12/02/2018 - 10:00

Stunning scenery, incredible heritage and cities – it is no surprise that Yorkshire is one of the most popular places in the UK.  It is a great place to live and work, which is why opportunities to take on a pub tenancy in Yorkshire are much sought after.  

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, covering 2.9 millions acres.  Traditionally it has been divided into three: the East Riding, the West Riding and the North Riding.  Both the East and North Riding are very rural, while the West Riding is much more industrial, dominated by Leeds and Bradford. Yorkshire is also home to several top universities including York, Hull and Leeds.

The county regularly features in the top places to live in the UK with places like Richmondshire, Craven and Ryedale attracting attention. No less than eight Yorkshire postcodes appeared in the Sunday Times 2017 Best Places to Live guide.  It is a region possessing a picture postcard landscape, pretty villages, friendly people and sheer quality of life alongside vibrant, busy cities and towns. There are property hotspots such as Leeds, York and Harrogate where prices can be high, but overall, the cost of living is much lower than in other parts of the UK, and it offers a really good lifestyle. Even if living in a city, you can be in the countryside within half an hour.

Why Run A Pub In Yorkshire?

Tourism is a massive industry in Yorkshire, with visitors attracted to the countryside, the towns, the film locations (Harry Potter, Peaky Blinders etc.) as well as racing. Yorkshire boasts many top race courses including Ripon, Catterick, Thirsk, Wetherby, York, Pontefract. Top heritage visitor attractions include the National Railway Museum York, Fountains Abbey, and York Cathedral. Head over to the coast, and there are attractions such as Whitby with its Dracula links, Robin Hood’s Bay and resorts such as Scarborough and Bridlington. Visitors come from all over the world, as well as domestic travelers wanting short breaks and activity holidays exploring the beauties of the Yorkshire Dales.  The tourist spend is high.  According to Yorkshire Enterprise, tourism in Yorkshire is worth over £7 billion, more than the entire tourism expenditure in Ireland and Denmark.

For pub operators wanting to focus on a food offer, Yorkshire is ideal. This is an area that has more Michelin star restaurants than anywhere outside London. There are also lots of local traditional foods like Yorkshire Pudding, Parkin, Swaledale cheese, Wensleydale cheese (much loved by Wallace & Gromit!) as well as caviar farms, fresh sea fish from Whitby, venison, and award winning ice creams. The Yorkshire Rhubarb triangle between Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford is renowned worldwide for the quality of its forced rhubarb.

Clearly, Yorkshire offers a lot of potential for pub operators seeking a new pub whether in the country, the coast or in an urban area.

3 Lovely Pubs In Yorkshire

To give you an idea of the type of pubs available, take a look at these three fantastic opportunities that were available at the time of publishing this blog post. Don't worry if they have already gone, you can find more pubs to let in Yorkshire by clicking here.

If you are ready to run a pub and looking for a pub to let in Yorkshire, complete our online application form to get started. As soon as we receive this, we will get in touch and arrange a meeting to discuss the opportunities we have in Yorkshire.

Ship Inn, Sutton-on-Hull 

Only four miles from the centre of Hull, the Ship Inn offers an opportunity to be part of a village community yet within easy reach of a big city.  The soft blue painted inn with its characteristic anchor sign close to the picturesque village church, is very much at the heart of village life. The Ship Inn is well known for its involvement in local events. 

With housing estates within easy walking distance, it’s a popular venue possessing good sports and games facilities. This is very much a family pub, with a pretty garden and good car park.  For a pub operator keen to provide a good food offer, the site has a lot of potential. There are also special deals available with increased discounts and a reduced rent.

Cross Keys, Cottingham

Refurbished only three years ago, this popular open plan pub caters for drinkers and diners alike.  The Cross Keys has developed a good reputation for food, with a really good sized kitchen able to cater for around 100 covers.  It’s a friendly environment with a traditional feel, and would make a really good pub for someone who enjoys being at the centre of a village community. 

We believe this pub offers a great business for the right operator, with potential to build on the food offer as well as catering for local customers with quiz nights and other regular events.

Fleece, Farsley

A stone built local in the busy village of Farsley, the Fleece offers a really great opportunity for someone keen to start up their own business as a pub operator. Farsley has a long heritage, as it was mentioned in the Doomsday book and was a historic centre of the wool industry. Nowadays, the pub has good reputation for the quality of drinks and food, and is popular with locals. 

There are plans for considerable investment into this pub to improve facilities to include a sports area, carver station and a dining area; creating a good basis on which to increase the existing food offer. There is lots of potential to increase footfall, as Farsley is very much a commuter base for people working in Leeds and Bradford.

Even if you cannot find a pub you like on the website, get in touch with the team.  We may have an opportunity coming up which is not currently listed as new pubs often come on the market.

You may have missed the recent Run A Pub Open Day in York but you can check for other upcoming events and register for invites that we will send to you via email. Our Open Day's are a great opportunity to meet the Pub Partners team and discuss your ideas about running a pub. This is a great opportunity to find out more about pub tenancies and leases and get your questions answered. At the Roadshow events you can even network and chat with existing Greene King pub tenants. To register, complete the form at the bottom of our Open Day page.