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12 June 2018 | Pubs

Restored pub overlooking Alnwick Castle for sale

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has been instructed to market Dirty Bottles, an historic, town centre pub with letting accommodation in Alnwick, Northumberland.

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Occupying a property which has traded as a public house for over 200 years, Dirty Bottles features a split level trading area with seating for 60 guests, plus further substantial standing capacity in the bar area. Having been refurbished to a high standard, the pub is well presented throughout whilst still retaining the property’s original features. Additionally, the premises boasts four boutique, luxury en suite letting rooms located on the first and second floors.

The site also enjoys outside space which has been utilised as a further trade area, with a raised decked terrace featuring patio heaters and its own bar servery, and benefits from views overlooking Alnwick Castle.

Conveniently situated within an area of high footfall, Dirty Bottles is a short walk from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, a popular local tourist attraction as the site of the original Hogwarts School from the Harry Potter movie franchise. 

The current owner, Mark Jones, purchased the pub in 2014 and commenced on a major renovation project, transforming the once derelict building into one of the town’s iconic drinking premises. One of the most significant and unique features is the installation of self-service beer pumps, tasting walls and ordering booths – new technology which is not available in any other bar or restaurant in the North of England. Local businessman Mr Jones comments, “The team and I have worked hard to build the business from scratch and it’s something we’re all incredibly proud of. However, my passion lies in development and selling the business will allow me to concentrate my efforts on some other exciting projects.”

David Cash, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co’s Newcastle office, who is handling the sale, comments, “Dirty Bottles has evolved into a robust business with multiple income streams and unique selling points which set it apart from others in the region. Its proximity to the castle and the quality of the offer mean it’s incredibly busy year-round. We expect interest from prospective owner-operators and perhaps regional groups looking to kick on from the solid base that Mark has built.”

Dirty Bottles is offered by way of a new, free of tie lease at an asking price of £150,000 and an asking rent of £50,000 per annum.