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16 Fountain Street, Manchester, Lancashire, M2 2AA


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Pub overview

Historic pub in a great city-centre location. Famous for showing great sport and providing a welcoming atmosphere.

The Shakespeare dates back from Tudor times, it was originally located in Chester and moved, brick-by-brick, in the 1920s to its current location. The business is famous for its great atmosphere and superb selection of cask ales. Known for showing sport, people seek it out when there’s a match on.

This is a traditional pub that provides a welcome escape for the bustle of the city. The outside of the pub still has the original Tudor façade and inside, the space behaves as a modern retail operation but keeps many of the traditional fittings that help to keep things authentic.

Trade space
Bars 2
Dining rooms 2
Food covers 80
Function rooms 1
Trade kitchens 1

The private accommodation is fairly large. With its own kitchen, the space is self-contained and although it could do with some updating, it would be a great city centre location for your family.

Private space
Private Rooms 8
Lounge 1
Double bedrooms 3
Private Kitchen 1
Bathrooms 1
Toilets 1
Office 1

Rent information

Annual rent £66,800 per annum
Weekly rent £1,284.62 per week fixed

£66,800 per annum, £1,284.62 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 £16,650 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). *Fixtures and Fittings are still to be valued*

Brokers £675 Legal £825
Deposit £6,000 Stocktaking fees £150
Fixtures & fittings £0 Working capital £6,000
Other costs £3,000 Total entry cost £16,650

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)
2017/18 470 3,026 7,275
2016/17 491 3,120 8,125
2015/16 492 3,076 8,081
Volume notes


The pub fronts onto Fountain Street and because of its timber framed design, stands out from other buildings in the area. It is a stone’s throw from the famous Arndale shopping centre, surrounded by shops and directly opposite Primark and Debenhams.


Trade bar
Dining area
Function room
Trade kitchen

Current premises licence opening hours

Mon-Thurs: 08:00hrs - 02:00hrs Fri & Sat: 08:00hrs - 03:00hrs Sun: 08:00hrs - 01:00hrs

Contact Us

Alex Gill

Business Development Manager

Call the Recruitment team on 01284 714 497

Apply online
“ ‘A charming city-centre pub that’s also a hard-working business machine. This business has built a reputation for showing great sport and prides itself on creating atmosphere for match days.’ ”