Talks ongoing for up-for-sale Barrister’s

Barrister's, Leyland
Barrister's, Leyland

Efforts are ongoing to sell a Leyland pub two years after it was put on the market.

Current owner, local businessman Darren Miller, owns two further pubs in Bolton and is attempting to offload the Towngate pub as he looks to scale down his involvement in the pub sector.

Barrister’s is being marketed through specialist business property adviser Christie & Co, who describe it as ‘a wet-led inn with a focus on quality lagers and cask ales’.

It also has a beer garden and patio area and was extensively refurbished in 2009. incorporating a number of original features, such as beamed ceilings, panelled walls and open grate fireplaces.

There have been several inquiries about the pub and talks are ongoing.

Keith Stringer, associate director at Christie & Co’s Manchester office, who is handling the sale, said: “This is a high quality end-of-terrace property with four bedroom accommodation situated above it. A popular pub on Leyland’s main licensed circuit, it would suit an experienced or first-time operator wanting to take on a successful pub with a lot of potential.”

The pub, formerly called George IV, has courted controversy in the past.

It hit the headlines in October, 2014, when South Ribble Council’s licensing committee decided to cut its operating hours over police concerns of anti-social behaviour. Door staff were also required and a policy was put in place to stop revellers congregating at the front of the pub and spilling onto the street in the early hours of the morning.

Barrister’s is available freehold for OIRO £350,000, or on a leasehold basis with an annual rent of £45,000.