How to run a pub: the definitive guide


So, you dream of becoming the boss of your own drinking establishment?

“Are you crazy!?” Friends and family might ask.

Actually, despite the gloomy statistics surrounding pub closures, owning a pub can still be a rewarding occupation.

It takes hard work, passion, business acumen and great people skills; but it CAN be done.

However, before you invest your money, you ought to know what’s involved – and what to consider.

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Pubs for lease, tenancy or freehold: What’s your best option for owning a pub?


salisbury-700842_1280There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to owning a pub. In an ideal world most people would like the freedom of owning a pub outright, known in the trade as a ‘freehold’ pub.

However, it’s not a realistic option for everyone. Start up costs, business acumen and experience… these are all things which should be taken into account.

In this Pub Landlord Advisor guide, we’ll explore your options for running a pub: tenancy, lease and freehold.

(If you’re a first timer, you might also be interested in the 8 personal traits of a successful pub landlord.) Continue reading →

Looking for pubs to rent in London? Here’s what you need to know…

Inner London pubsThe idea of renting or buying a pub in London will appeal to those seeking the hustle and bustle of a venue in the big city.

In the prime areas of London, competition will be fierce, rent prices will be sky-high, and potential customers will be plentiful. That is why you have to get your pub marketing strategy right if you do decide to rent in London.

However, as with any major capital city, there is a huge disparity in the levels of prosperity between – and within – different boroughs.

In this special feature we will focus on the market and lifestyle conditions for running a pub in the 12 boroughs that make up inner London. Continue reading →

Are pubs for lease in Essex a wise choice?

Pubs for lease in EssexIf you have ambitions to run your own drinking establishment, you would do well to consider pubs for lease in Essex. Not sure about leasing a pub? Have a look at our guide on pubs for lease, tenancy or freehold.

In this special feature, we will examine the various districts of Essex, summarising current market conditions and some lifestyle considerations.

Plus you will also find the latest price listings for pubs for lease in Essex. Continue reading →

A buyer’s guide to pubs for sale in Herefordshire

With its distinctive and friendly market town feel, pubs for sale in Herefordshire are likely to appeal to those attracted to the rural way of life.

As the global capital of cider production, Herefordshire will no doubt also entice pub owners with a passion for that fruity alcoholic beverage.

The West Midland’s county is tucked away on the border with Wales, yet just an hour away from Birmingham and the major motorway networks.

Here we are going to discover more about market conditions and lifestyle considerations for buying or leasing a public house in the area. If you’re new to the pub game you might want to read our take on running a pub for the first time, do you have what it takes? Continue reading →

What’s the best location for pubs for lease in Kent?

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With its beautiful seaside villages and historical sites, the county of Kent can be a charming location for leasing a pub. Not sure about leasing a pub? Have a look at our guide on pubs for lease, tenancy or freehold.

However, as Kent covers such a large area, it’s worth finding out more about the different districts before you put pen to paper on buying a public house.

In this article we will summarise all the main hotspots for buying a pub in the area. Then at the end we will provide links to the latest listings for pubs for lease in Kent. Continue reading →

Location is key to finding the best pubs for sale in Liverpool

Liverpool is one of Britain’s most iconic cities and many people will find it an attractive location for buying or renting a pub.

But is Liverpool REALLY a good location to buy a pub? Does it offer the profit-making potential you’re hoping for?

On one hand, the central areas of the city are experiencing promising economic growth and revitalised cultural appeal.

However, there is still a lot of deprivation in many of its suburban areas.

So, if you’re on the hunt for pubs for sale in Liverpool, you really do need to know the area before making a final decision. If you’re looking to run a pub for the first time you might want to check out our thoughts on the traits of a pub owner

To help you consider Liverpool as a suitable city for establishing a public house, we’ll analyse the following topics:

1. Liverpool’s new diverse economy

2. The variation in personal income levels in the city

3. Liverpool’s re-emerging population

4. The important role of Liverpool’s distinct culture

5. Liverpool postcode-by-postcode

6. Pub for sale Liverpool

Read on to discover the pitfalls and opportunities that this historic city has to offer… Continue reading →

Are pubs for sale or lease in Edinburgh a sure bet?

The City of Edinburgh ticks all of the boxes as a prime location for running a successful pub. Scotland’s capital is a vibrant city, and choosing the right pub here can provide a great profit-making opportunity for a hardworking and ambitious publican.

If you’re considering buying or leasing a pub in Edinburgh, current market conditions suggest you are looking in the right place.

In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of running a pub in Edinburgh, as well as breaking it down postcode-by-postcode. Just before you get into Edinburgh, you might want to check out our thoughts on running a pub for the first time, if you’re new to the industry. Continue reading →