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Popular Local Pub with Private 3-Bed Accommodation, in Town of Nairn

Inverness, Highland, Scotland

  • Freehold Price: £330,000
Seller Reference: UncleBobs
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• Popular and busy local, wet sales pub, enjoying great support from locals and tourists alike, trading from a central location in the heart of the popular seaside town of Nairn.

• Easy-to-operate bar with excellent turnover, rising year on year, in 2018 (£248,194 – Net of VAT) trading profitably (£83,000 adj.) on wet sales only, (no food) providing a simple to run and highly profitable business opportunity.

• Spacious and recently upgraded separate 3-bedroom self-contained owner / manager accommodation located on the second floor.

• Community pub, sponsoring local teams, from football to darts, and providing external bar facilities for functions etc with the added arm of the business “Uncle Bobs on the Move”.

Uncle Bobs Bar is a fine example of a local pub, offering a simple business model and operating a wet sales only bar which is thriving in a time when less successful operations are closing down. There will always be the need for a local, and Uncle Bobs Bar fits the bill nicely, with customers ranging from age range 18-80. The owners of the pub are local to the community and enjoy a good relationship with the clientele, having their own football and domino teams, pool team, darts team, as well as sponsoring the local football team. The ladies also offer an external service which they have named “Uncle Bobs on the Move”. Trading with occasional licences they provide bar services at a number of external functions such as Nairn Community and arts centre, local hall functions and music festivals etc. This is an area which new owners could develop further as the current owners have not been able to commit the time lately to promoting this side of the business.

The property is spacious with the accommodation being set over two floors, offering entry at ground-floor level. The current owners have invested heavily into the infrastructure of the property, and have a programme of maintenance in place to maintain the standards. Recent developments include, new seating, upgraded bathroom facilities and general decorative improvements. Neither of the owners live in and there is a Managers / Owners flat on the second floor which has benefitted from new double glazing and a new fitted kitchen plus decorative upgrades. This is an excellent opportunity for those entering the hospitality trade for the first time or an experienced operator wishing to take on a simple but profitable operation which could run under management.

Trading year-round to a mixed clientele, extending a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to its customers. The bar appeals to a broad base of visitors but is strongly supported by local clientele. The business’ prime location amidst the popular and busy town of Nairn also enables it to benefit from a high degree of passing trade. The facilities within the bar include a large TV, pool table, darts board and gaming machine. The pool table is set on parquet flooring which also couples as a dance floor.

Uncle Bob’s generates income from the single revenue stream of wet sales making this a true lifestyle operation. There are a variety of packet dry goods available and the owners have been known to provide sandwiches, sausage rolls and even birthday cakes on special occasions free of charge. The business trades to a commendable level generating a high level of profitability.

The business is managed by the owners operating with two full-time staff. One staff member lives in the flat, the staffing level is usually one person behind the bar during the week and two at weekends. The bar operates from 11am each day closing from midnight during the week and 12.30am at weekends.

The current owners purchased the business in 2011 and it is due to a change in personal circumstances that now brings this popular bar to the market.

Situated on the main thoroughfare in the centre of Nairn, a popular, growing and thriving town which draws in a great many visitors throughout the year. Nairn has a population of 12,000 which supports a busy town centre with a wide range of services and facilities. This number increases greatly with the influx of tourists during the summer season.

Nairn boasts two championship golf courses, an excellent indoor swimming complex and a sports centre. The town offers excellent ‘Blue Flag’ beaches. For the less energetic nearby Cawdor Castle offers a taste of Scotland’s medieval past whilst Culloden Battlefield and its new Visitor Centre are another popular local attraction. Whether visitors seek a Whisky Trail, a boat trip on Loch Ness or a visit to one of Scotland’s many accessible Castles, Nairn is in easy reach of a wide range of visitor attractions and is located approximately 14 miles east of the Highlands capital Inverness.

The main building is of traditional stone construction set under a pitched slate roof. The building is arranged over 2 floors with entry at ground floor level, and is maintained to a high standard. Public entrance is at street level through a large single door leading to an inner door. A wide corridor leads to a flight of stairs, then up to the bar on the first floor. The trading elements of the business are set to the first floor and the owner’s accommodation is on the second. The entrance is at ground floor level and the bar trades over a pharmacy set to street level.

With some original features; ceiling rose and cornicing, the property offers a high degree of charm and character. Seating is a mix of fixed bench seating and free-standing stools. The walls are presented with waist high wooden panels. Lighting is provided through wall lights and spot lights. The ladies and gents toilets have been recently upgraded to present modern facilities. Deliveries are facilitated via a hoist system to the rear of the property through a ground floor store.

A beneficial feature of the business is the attractive accommodation located on the second floor. This incorporates three bedrooms (2 doubles and a single) plus a modern family bathroom with a bath and separate shower cubicle. A double aspect, spacious lounge provides a bright and roomy family area. In addition, there is a good-sized kitchen with modern floor and wall-mounted units. There is a large and separate utility area plus ample storage. The accommodation benefits from new double-glazed units and is presented in good condition throughout. This area would be suitable for an extended family or for manager / staff accommodation.

The bar has a large store room which could easily be adapted for modest food preparation should new owners wish to incorporate this. There is a cellar located immediately to the rear of the bar.

There is a car parking space for an owner’s vehicle to the rear of the premises.

The subjects benefit from mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. The property has gas central heating. The owner’s accommodation is double glazed.
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