The Lamb Inn in Derbyshire could soon reopen as its owner prepares to hold an open day for potential new landlords.
The High Street pub in Melbourne shut several weeks ago but is now looking for publicans with a “passion for cask ales and craft beers”.
Pub company EI Publican Partnerships – formerly Enterprise Inns – says with some investment the premises could return to serving hot food.
A spokesman for the group said “anyone interested” in taking it on should come along to an open day tomorrow between 10am and 4pm to find out more.
He said: “An opportunity has arisen to take on The Lamb Inn in Melbourne.
“We have been marketing the pub and are currently talking to a number of interested parties who would work with us on a joint-investment to improve the retail offer.
“We hope to be able to announce our new publican partners very soon, and re-open the pub to the local community.”
The pub offers a beer garden in the back and outdoor seating at the front, a trade kitchen, and plenty of indoor space.
There is also three-bedroom private accommodation which is “spacious and suitable for a family”, also including a kitchen and lounge.
EI Publican Partnerships describes the interior of The Lamb Inn as “traditional” with “plenty of character features”.
Its description states: “The trading areas are well-decorated throughout. The leaded windows and classic fixed, and loose, seating make for a pleasant setting for drinkers and it is much loved by locals.
“There are plenty of character features, such as the wooden bar with open shelves for glasses and cosy fireplaces, which give a welcoming feel.”
However, the company does warn that new publicans who want to develop a sideline in food will have to sort out the kitchen.
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It states: “There is a kitchen located at the back of the premises – however it will require investment to make it functional.”
EI Publican Partnerships estimates the potential turnover for new publicans at The Lamb Inn to be £243,000 per year.
The guide rent for the premises is £13,000 per year and the estimated start-up capital required – excluding VAT – is £5,000.
New publicans unfamiliar with the market town of Melbourne should be warned that there is plenty of competition in the area.
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The Chip and Pin, which was named the UK’s best micropub by The Times in May, is only a few doors down in the High Street.
And only a minute’s stroll away is bar and restaurant Harpur’s of Melbourne – plus a few minutes further is the Blue Bell Inn and the Alma Inn.
If that’s put you off – but you are still looking for a change in direction – you could always take a look at our dedicated jobs site for the latest vacancies in Derby.
If you want to find out more about taking on the pub you can call EI Publican Partnerships on 03333 20 00 36.
Source: Derby Telegraph