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The Engineers is located on a corner plot on the busy Blackburn Road linking Junction 4 of the M65 to the centre of Darwen. We have just finished a full refurbishment of both the internals and externals, resulting in a fantastic modern and fresh community pub – please see pictures. Darwen is a market town in Lancashire with a population of approximately 35,000. The pub is situated in a good trading area and is well placed to attract the regular customers who do not want to visit the town centre circuit. The pub is surrounded by a large number of houses and many retail units.

Pub Layout

On entering the pub from the front entrance, you are faced with the bar servery with a sports area to the left side which has a pool table and darts area. To the right there is a small lounge area for up to 20 covers. The ladies and gents toilets are located to the left side of the bar. To the rear, there is a small patio yard that includes some benches for outside drinking. Although there is no car park, there is adequate street parking close by.

The Engineers should offer a friendly environment with a good range of drinks including quality ales. The pub has previously been home to a number of sports teams and these help boost midweek trade. There should also be a regular entertainment programme and the ingoing licensee will need to develop a value for money food offer. The Engineers is perfectly set up to be a warm and friendly community local with broad appeal for residents and visitors.

Private Accommodation

The living accommodation is extensive and comprises; a lounge, office, three bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom/toilet and comes with a highly prized landing with space enough for a small office setup or additional storage units. The accommodation is terrific as we have also attractively redecorated this space.

Annual Rent: £11,000

Security Deposit: Negotiable

Working Capital: Negotiable

Stock: Negotiable

Fixtures and Fittings: Upon Valuation  –  Funding options available for the right licensee.

Tie:        All drinks categories are tied.  For fully funded licensees on long term agreements, we offer free-of-tie options for certain drinks categories in exchange for an annual fee.

Training: £250 plus VAT

For a breakdown on financial information, please refer to the ‘Additional Info’ tab.

The Engineers should be a quality community pub and has previously had strong links with the local pool league and Blackburn Rovers Football Club. The outlet has undergone a scheme of investment within the pub and also the private accommodation. We are looking to recruit a passionate individual or couple who know the local area and ideally have experience of running similar outlets. They will be keen to engage the local community but offering regular entertainment, pub sports and other community activities. Ideally, the applicant will have some catering and cask ale experience but this not essential.

The Engineers is currently closed so please call the recruitment team to arrange a viewing.

Annual Rent – This is our lowest rent figure associated with a Full Tie.  If the tie is reduced the effective rent (via Tie Release Fees) will increase.  Rent is billed and paid for   weekly in advance depending on the payment terms agreed)

Security Deposit – This sum of money will be held on your account and will be returned to you on exiting of the pub based on your final account balance and the condition of the property

Working Capital – This is a recommend amount required which will be used in the day-to-day running of the business

Stock – This will be valued by an independent valuer on the day you take over the pub. This includes unbranded glassware, unopened bottles, wines, spirits, any unopened / opened kegs and cask ale providing the container is unopened

Fixtures & Fittings – This includes any item that is bolted to the floor or walls, and a fitting to be any item that is free standing or hung by a nail or hook. This will also include furniture

Training – This is required when taking on a Business Support Agreement.  Included is an e-learning package for you and your staff and attendance to our ‘Set Up To Succeed’ workshop held at our Head Office in Chester.  Please note, you will be required to attend this workshop before signing a long term tenancy agreement.


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