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Scotch Piper

Lydiate, L31 4HD

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The Scotch Piper was built in 1320 and is successfully the oldest pub in the old County on Lancashire. This Grade ll* listed building was originally called the “Royal Oak” as it was built around an oak tree which can be seen in both the tap room and the front bar to the left of the fireplace.

Situated on the main road from Liverpool to Southport in the village of Lydiate, this pub is successful with passing trade and history buffs, along with the longstanding locals and walkers in the area. This charming pub boasts many original features such as exposed beams, open fire places and quarry tiled flooring giving the interior a cosy feel.

Pub Layout

The pub has a main bar area as you walk in with bench and table seating and an open fire. To the right you will find a walkway providing access to two further rooms with the first being more of an overflow from the bar with a dart board and an open fire leading to a lounge room with carpeted floor, creating a more relaxed seating area with a log burner and overlooking the beer garden. From the bar you will find a private room which was originally part of the private accommodation, with quarry tiled flooring, log burner, television and tables. Upstairs can be accessed via a private staircase from the main bar area, this is an open plan room which is currently used as storage.

Outside you will find extensive parking to the front of the building and an outhouse to the side which could be utilised as a servery for BBQ style food on hot days or outside events. There is also a large grassed area with a number of picnic benches and space for a ‘pop up’ stage for outdoor entertainment.

The Scotch Piper is a traditional drinks led pub and lends itself to being the heart of the community with its history, charming features and surrounding area this really is a pup for both locals and visitors. The bar offers both cask ales and lagers along with soft drinks and spirits. Currently they have live music on every Friday night along with classic car meetings on a Monday and every third Sunday of the month. The pub supports local groups such as the local scout group, darts teams and is also incredibly popular with walkers, shooters and farmers.

There is currently no private accommodation.

Annual Rent: £19,500

Security Deposit: £5,000

Working Capital: £2,500

Stock: £2,500

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.


I am looking for a passionate community driven licensee who is local to the Scotch Piper with knowledge of the pub, its clientele and the area of Lydiate. I would like someone with the drive, charisma and vision to push this already popular local to the be the best in the area. The Scotch Piper already had the charm and original distinguished features to attract custom, I am looking for a licensee to with new ideas to keep the long standing locals and attract new custom as a destination pub.


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.

Service Charge Cost – £28.01 per week – This is a weekly charge that includes statutory compliance certification (including Annual CP12 and CP42 gas test), cellar cooling services (including full insurance to cover repairs and / or replacements), Health & Safety Essentials (including assessments) and Licensing Support.


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