Red Lion

2-6 Tolbooth Street, Forres, IV36 1PH

The Red Lion is a well established business offering the right person the chance to continue to develop and grow both the food and drink potential of this site.

This well-known local town pub has a great reputation for offering quality products, great customer service and a warm friendly welcome. The public bar offers pool, darts and live sports making it the hub of the community, you can often find some local artists playing live music in the bar or the lounge. The lounge bar has a more relaxing atmosphere providing a substantial food offer with a great mix of cask ale, premium lagers, wine and whisky. There is a log burner in the lounge which is a real treat during those cold wintery months. The site offers some fantastic locally sourced fish and meats dishes, with a great reputation for the quality, service and value for money which makes customer come back again and recommend to others. The site would suit an operator with experience of pub food, a creative side to introduce new deals and events to maximise sales and retain the pubs reputation.


Forres is a thriving town and former royal burgh situated in the north of Scotland on the Moray coast, approximately 25 miles east of Inverness. Visited by numerous tourists throughout the year, Forres has been a winner of the Scotland in Bloom award on several occasions. There are many geographical and historical attractions nearby such as the River Findhorn, and there are many historical artifacts and monuments within the town itself

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Partial tie: Tied All Beer, All Cider & Minerals


Flexible 1 Year Foundation Agreement - giving you the ability to build trade and have lower ingoing costs. Flexible terms available by negotiation.

Entry costs approximately £6,400.00, which includes stock, glassware, crockery, cutlery, fuel and cleaning materials, legal, brokers and stocktaking fees, training fees, schedule of condition, working capital and deposit which is £2,000. Fixtures and Fitting will be rented with weekly payments made. Fixtures and fittings will be rented with weekly payments made



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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. **Please note trading volumes for year 19/20 are for part year trading and reflect the impact of closure during the Covid 19 pandemic**

Year Beer (Brls) Wine & Spirits (Ltrs) Minerals (Ltrs)
2019/20 172 11 2,556
2018/19 208 118 3,046
2017/18 220 1,278 3,046

The main bar area has a pool table, dart board and shows live sport. There is also a jukebox and a number of gaming machines. The pub boasts an external courtyard, which is licenced and can accommodate up to 30 people, off the main bar. There is a fully fitted kitchen providing a substantial food offer to the lounge bar/restaurant.

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Sun - Thu: 11:00 - 00:30
Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 01:30

There is ample living accommodation on site with two double bedrooms and two single bedrooms. There is plenty of unused space that has various storage and office space that could become more living or potentially letting rooms.

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This well-known traditional pub offers great food in the lounge/restaurant with quality cask ales and wines. The "Beastie Bar" offers everything a bar should, with live sports on TV, a pool table and darts. This site has a reputation for providing a quality offer with a high standard of customer service which continue to drive both wet and dry sales and profit. We are looking for an operator with experience of pub food and also knowledge to plan for key events to drive sales and profit.

Billy Guthrie, Business Development Manager

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