Significant refurbishment planned for railway-themed city centre pub

The Victoria Inn, a popular pub located in the heart of Derby city centre is due to undergo a transformational refurbishment with a planned investment of £120,000 from Admiral Taverns, the UK’s leading community pub operator. Admiral is seeking to recruit a passionate licensee to take on the pub to bring the refurbishment plans to life. The pub is situated in a prime location, a two-minute walk away from Derby Midland train station.

The vibrant population in the city is made up of students, locals, commuters and football fans which creates ample opportunities to increase trade driven by football from the nearby train station. Admiral plans to turn this pub into a community local perfect for a wide range of customers with a premium drink offer, specialising in cask ales, craft beer and a selective food menu.

A small kitchen will be built at the pub, which means that the new licensee will have the opportunity to introduce a bespoke food menu, with a focus on premium snacks to complement the drinks offer, a great way to engage a wider customer base.

Plans for the refurbishment include painting the exterior with bright, inviting colours and adorning the façade with beautiful flowers. The patio garden will be expanded to provide more space for customers in the warmer weather and furnished with comfortable seating, perfect for a beer or glass of wine on summer evenings.

Taking inspiration from historic designs of elegant railways carriages from the Victorian era, the interior will be transformed with antique-style furnishings. Additionally, the function room will be developed into a multi-use space, suitable for meetings, hot-desking and parties.

Recruitment Executive at Admiral Taverns, Ceri Radford said, “This is an unmissable opportunity for a business-savvy individual or couple to take on this fantastic pub in an enviable location at the heart of Derby city. The pub will cater to a great range of customers and there is enormous potential to use the multi-use function room to host events throughout the year.”

“At Admiral we are passionate about our people and it’s important that we find licensees that share our values. We’re looking for people that are excited to get stuck in and learn first-hand about the industry. We have a stellar support and training programme in place to help our licensees throughout the process, whether it’s your first pub or you’re an experienced operator.”