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54-55 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AD
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Cask Ale
Beer Garden
Catering Kitchen
Function Room
Live Entertainment
Experienced Operator
  • Cask Ale
  • Beer Garden
  • Catering Kitchen
  • Function Room
  • Live Entertainment
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Experienced Operator


Beautifully restored Taphouse in enviable riverside location

Ingoing Cost: £10,000.00
Rent: £31,200.00
Agreement Type: Tenancy
Reference Number: 250418 / JB - WV16

The stated ingoing figures are correct at point of advertising. Please be aware there may be additional costs.

Property Features:

The Shakespeare has been recently renovated at the end of 2017, nestled in Bridgnorth in High Town on West Castle Street. A mere 5 minutes’ walk from the station.

Boasting a picturesque frontage that echoes the rich history of the pub, there are bespoke lanterns and sign writing to the outside. A key part of the restoration has been the creation of ‘the Boathouse’ which is a nod to Bridgnorth oldest society established in 1865, Bridgnorth Rowing Club. The Shakespeare is now a proud sponsor of Bridgnorth Rowing Club and will host an array of fundraising evenings for the Club and Bridgnorth community to support. The Boathouse is tucked away across the beer courtyard now forms a new part of the Shakespeare where you can enjoy Sunday lunches, pub quizzes, live music and community events. It offers a place for local clubs and societies to meet surrounded by lovely reclaimed oak panelling and new ‘slip bricks’ from Stoke on Trent ‘Potter’ H.E. Smith that create a fantastic atmosphere within the restored Taphouse, complemented by specialist enamel beer signage, authentic to the Brewery. 

The pub is adorned with log burners, bespoke stained glass, reclaimed oak, stone-paved floors and traditional antique-style furniture, oozing charm with nooks and crannies aplenty to settle in for the evening. At the heart of the inn is still its hand-pulled ale and great pub food.

Internally there are five distinct trade areas; a Bar, Lounge, writers room, boatyard and internal undercover courtyard, the latter being a fantastic space for events whatever the weather. Sightlines on entry and throughout the site are intelligently engineered to facilitate a friendly, inclusive atmosphere. Lighting, furniture, finishes, décor and standards of property maintenance are to a high spec to ensure the tenant has the best opportunity to provide a great offer. 

Trading Style:

As a Brewery Taphouse, the Shakespeare is a site that is rich in local heritage that has been restored to a superb standard. The site's outdoor area is perfectly appointed for live music, and other events and its location ensures it is perfectly placed to attract tourist trade as well as locals.

This site requires an operator with at least three years’ experience in the pub/leisure trade. They will need to have a keen eye for retail detail and experience with cask ales. The ability to work within the company's brand is imperative as are great team building and communication skills. Some experience of running sites in a tourist area would be invaluable, what is essential is fantastic real ale cellarmanship and the ability to execute the Brewery's Top Tap Standard in line with their guidance.

The Brewery attracts people who are likeminded and care about their pub culture. People who treasure traditional, straightforward pub values and principles; real ale, real fires, real food, real hospitality. Successful operators with the Brewery are relaxed pub professionals, executing proper pub standards, attentive and genuinely friendly service and who can also create a hub of sociability and banter. They are knowledgeable business people in their own right who can make a success of the tenanted model and agreement.

Private Accommodation:

This consists of three large bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.


Key Financial Information

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