Real Ale


23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0DN


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Pub overview

A welcoming pub with local ale, good pub food and great entertainment.

The Woolpack has become known as one of the best cask ale pubs not just in Chelmsford but throughout Essex. The pub has the warmth and atmosphere of a traditional ale house located in the back streets of the city centre. With up to eight cask ales available at any one time from local brewers this is a haven for the real ale enthusiast. The small snug bar offers traditional pub games and the main bar offers comfort for both drinking and eating. The patio area to the rear of the pub is well utilised throughout the year, especially when the regular and popular beer festivals are taking place.

There are two main trading areas. To the front of the pub there is a small snug bar with a pool table and darts throw. The main bar area is made up of two split areas. Live music is a regular feature at the pub and can be accommodated at the end of the main bar area. It has a wonderful outside seating area that benefits all year round from customer use.

Trade space
Bars 2
Dining rooms 2
Food covers70
Function rooms 1
Trade kitchens 1
Patio areas 1

The living accommodation is in good condition and rather large for the size of the pub, it benefits from three bedrooms and lounge area.

Private space
Private Rooms8
Double bedrooms3
Private Kitchen1

Rent information

Annual rent£39,000 per annum
Weekly rent£750.00 per week fixed

£39,000.00 per annum, £750.00 per week fixed and subject to annual RPI increase, which is capped. Paid weekly by direct debit. Machine income free of tie.

Approximately £41,825.00 which includes stock, glassware, crockery, cutlery, fuel and cleaning materials, legal, brokers and stocktaking fees, training fees, working capital and deposit which is equal to 25% of head rent

Deposit£9,750Stocktaking fees£150
Fixtures & fittings£20,000Working capital£5,000
Other costs£5,350Total entry cost£41,825

Agreement description

Standard Tenancy Agreement
A fixed 5 year term agreement
• 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

YearBeer (Brls)Wine & spirits (Ltrs)Minerals (Ltrs)
Volume notes


Chelmsford was granted city status in 2012 and continues to grow and thrive. It is in the London commuter belt, approximately thirty miles from London Charing Cross, and it has a growing university (Anglia Ruskin) with an ever-increasing population of students. The Woolpack is set in the heart of the Chelmsford community, and this local pub has a loyal customer base of "Chelmsfordians".



Trade bar
Dining area
Function room
Trade kitchen
Trade patio

Current premises licence opening hours

MONDAY - THURSDAY 4pm - 11pm ​FRIDAY - SATURDAY 12pm - 12am SUNDAY 12pm - 11pm

Contact Us

James Pearson

Business Development Manager

Call the Recruitment team on 01284 714 497

Apply online
“ I am looking for an operator with a passion for cask ale, as the pub is famous locally for its quality real ales. The Woolpack currently supports several local brewers, up to eight of which are regularly featured on the bar. The site is a family friendly pub that is also known for its live music events and sports nights. If you have the requisite skills to take this pub forward, then please contact the recruitment team for more information. ”