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C. McFarquhar (Apr 2017)
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Leasehold Price: £49,999 Turnover: £154,387 Gross Profit: £61,229
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Business Description
Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market, Rugby Tap.

Rugby Tap was founded by the current owner as a bottle shop six and a half years ago, the pub side of the business was founded approximately 4 years ago.

The owner spent many years in the hospitality industry prior to founding Rugby Tap and the business has been a real labour of love for him. Alas the time has come to sell this lovely little business, albeit reluctantly and with a heavy heart only due to a change in direction. The owner is keen to see his beloved business pass to an ambitious and entrepreneurial new owner who can take it to the next level.

Rugby Tap is a specialist bottle shop currently selling:

• A large range of locally brewed Ales
• Local and national Ciders
• UK 'craft beer', Belgium, Germany and USA specialist beers
• Craft Gin focusing on local
• Mead, Whiskies, Wines
• Draught Keg take-out growlers

The bottles can be ordered and delivered or collected in-store or via the businesses e-commerce direct sales channel. website ( included.

Over the last six plus years Rugby Tap has gained an enviable reputation locally as a seller of quality Artisan drinks whether via a gift box, Draught Ale and Cider into refillable growlers or our ever popular 5/10/20 LT party boxes.

The appreciation for and the quality and diversity of product available to an independent beer seller has never been greater and most believe the growth still has a long way to go.

The business growing into the micro pub side has allowed for a larger range of fast selling barrels to be sold in what has been described as 'a relaxed beer festival, every week'.

Rugby Tap Room has no bar, just a range of barrels, comfortable seating and the best of service.

The Tap Room offers an environment that shuns electronic entertainment, promoting conversation in an intimate setting. Acoustic music has become a regular feature on Thursday evenings.
100% wet led and free customer Wi-Fi.

The business enjoys fantastic visibility on the internet with its own Facebook and Twitter pages and brilliant reviews from the likes of Trip Advisor and Also included is a large customer database and a Loyalty card member scheme. Awards include: Good Beer Guide listing 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019 Rugby and district Camra Pub of the Year 2015, 2016.

Reasons to Buy

• A well-established business with an enviable reputation and many regular customers
• Perfect trading position next door to the Webb Ellis Rugby Football museum
• Low running costs with inexpensive rent
• All fixtures and fittings included in sale making this a real Turnkey business opportunity
• Current owner happy to offer a handover to ensure the continued success
• Ideal owner managed or partnership business

Hilton Smythe highly advise early viewing to avoid disappointment. This great little business is likely to attract considerable interest.

Rugby Tap is Located in Rugby in the county of Warwickshire.

Rugby is a market town in Warwickshire. The town has a population of 70,628 as of the 2011 census, making it the second largest town in the county. The town is the main settlement within the larger Borough of Rugby which has a population of 100,500.

Rugby is on the eastern edge of Warwickshire, near the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. It is 83 miles north of London, 30 miles east of Birmingham and 11 miles east of Coventry.

Since the 1990’s several large industrial estates have been built to the north, and warehousing and distribution have become major employers. This is due to the towns close proximity to the M6 motorway (Junction 1) and M1 (Junction 19) at the heart of the UK’s motorway network.

Tourism is also important to the towns economy, especially related to Rugby football.

Rugby is near several major trunk routes including the M6, M1 and M45 motorways and the A45 Road. Other less important main roads include the A426 road, the A428 road and the Rugby Western Relief Road, linking the A45 with the Leicester Road, that connects with motorway at Junction 1 Of the M6.

Buses run to Coventry, Southampton, Leamington Spa, Daventry, Leicester and Northampton as well as serving the major estates of the town on a regular basis. Stagecoach in Warwickshire have a depot in the town.

Rugby railway station is served by the West Coast Main Line, and has frequent regular services to London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Stafford and Crewe.

There are a number of inexpensive car parks within easy walking distance along with free on street parking (time Limited) near Rugby School.

Rugby Tap is ideally situated close to the main shopping area and Rugby school. The business occupies an attractive period style property and is beautifully presented and maintained with visible clear signage and distinctive livery.

The business occupies two ground floor retail, units in an attractive period style property and briefly comprises;

Bottle Shop

• Windows and glazed door to front creating a light airy and inviting interior
• Wood effect flooring and period detailing
• Generous shop that has been cleverly designed to maximise the space available
• Long glass fronted Walk in chiller
• Perimeter shelving
• EPOS till system

Micro Pub

• Windows and glazed door to front creating a light airy and inviting interior
• Wood effect flooring
• Tables and chairs in an eclectic style
• Floating shelves
• Cask ale stillage area base units and circular sink
• Glass fronted drinks chiller
• Glasswasher and glassware


Beneath both the bottle shop and the micro pub is an extensive cellar which might offer development potential (subject to the relevant planning permissions).

We are advised Rugby Tap is being sold as a Leasehold business opportunity.

We are advised that the landlord would be happy to negotiate a mutually acceptable lease with a new owner.

The current rent is £15,800 per annum which is reasonable given the size and location of the business and the fact that it actually occupies two retail units.

We are advised that the business benefits currently from being exempt from business rates.

Current usual opening

Monday to Wednesday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (Licence permits until 11.00 pm)
Thursday to Saturday 10.00 am – 11.00 pm
Sunday 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm

The business is run and managed by our client with the assistance of one part-time.

Financial Profile
Rugby Tap generated an advised turnover of circa £155,000 as of the 2017 accounts with a gross profit of approximately 40%

Tenure: Leasehold

Listed by: Hilton Smythe

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