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Murray, West Calder

West Calder, EH55 8SR

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Agreement Type

  • Strong established community local
  • Fantastic beer garden
  • Popular with established sports teams

The Murray is a community locals pub situated in West Calder. Central positioned within a highly populated housing area, situated near the local convenience store, The Murray has the advantage of convenience for residents as well as being the hub of the local community. Located between West Calder and Polbeth just off the A71, this former oil shale mining village is not far from Livingston, West Lothian and is a 10-minute walk from the local train station with links to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Pub Layout

Entrance from the front door will take you to the main bar area of The Murray. This single room operation has been recently invested in and is beautifully decorated internally and externally. The bar is directly ahead of you and is the main focal point of the room, to the left of the bar is a mixture of low level benched and loose seating and to the right is a games zone complete with pool table and darts board perfect for teams sports. TV’s adorn the walls, showing and promoting all televised sports channels. There is an enclosed paved patio garden area to both sides of the building complete with benched seating for those summer days.

The Murray is truly at the heart of its community, offering a welcoming space for locals to come together and enjoy quality entertainment and beverages. This is a wet-led opportunity, complete with sports teams, live televised sports, premium products, strong entertainment options and community engagement. The Murray thrives on the support and involvement of its locals solidifying it as the hub of the community.


Private Accommodation

There is no private accommodation with this site.


Annual Rent: £17,000

Security Deposit: £5,000

Working Capital: £3,000

Stock: £2,000

Fixtures and Fittings: To be confirmed 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: £325 plus VAT

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

Admiral Taverns are looking for a licensee who has experience in running community pubs. Someone who has a strong work ethic and willingness to invest time and effort into revitalizing The Murray. A strong marketing plan, a genuine interest in pub sports, live entertainment, and local team events will also enable the licensee to curate a diverse and engaging program of activities that appeals to a broad audience, alongside an understanding of the local community’s preferences, interests, and demographics is essential in ensuring The Murray is the heart of the community and will be instrumental in realizing the pub’s full potential and ensuring its long-term success.

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). On occasion, our Business Development Manager will discuss a start up rent which is discretionary to an individual pub and can be discussed.

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.  Our standard deposit is 25% of the headline rent.  On occasion, we can negotiate a lower security deposit with the aim to build up to our full deposit on a long term agreement.

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.

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 – Before signing a long term agreement, you will be required to attend our 7 Steps to Sales Success training programme.  Held online over three days, you will learn marketing and business strategies that will help you to grow sales in your pub – step-by-step.

Service Charge Cost – £60.89 per week – The Admiral Taverns Premium Maintenance Package will help take care of your compliance and statutory obligations with one simple fee, whilst giving you piece of mind about your boiler and cellar cooling repair and replacement.  This also includes full access to e-learning for you and your staff.

*Zero Business Rates – Based on the April 2023 rating list, the Nil Rates Payable is based on small business rates relief being applied and the licensee only occupying one property for commercial purposes.  Please note, this only applies to pubs marked with an Asterix *

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