Population (and density): 7,052,000 (1,300 people per square mile)
Largest towns and cities: Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Blackpool, Chester, Stockport, Sale, Bolton, Preston, Rochdale, Blackburn, Wigan, St Helens, Southport, Oldham
What the experts say: "With the rising costs of operating pubs and bars in London, the north-west is experiencing an emergence of openings and a flurry of activity in the major towns and cities across the region, as operators capitalise on new locations.
“Manchester demonstrates a vast diversity of offerings, with new and exciting concepts opening constantly. For instance, Coyote Ugly is due to open its third UK site on Deansgate in Greater Manchester.
However, the other north-west cities are also seeing increased demand, for instance Burning Night Group has just bought its second site in Southport, Merseyside, through Fleurets, for its new Authentic Alehouses brand.
In Cheshire, Living Ventures has opened a new Alchemist in Chester; while James Places has spent £10m on Bowland Beer Hall, Clitheroe, in Lancashire, which claims to boast one of the longest bars in the country, measuring a vast 105ft 4ins in length.
Fleurets is certainly seeing an increased demand within the area of The Lake District, in Cumbria. It has always been a popular tourist destination, especially for the outdoors community; however with the staycation trend acting as a major catalyst for the local tourism industry, the leisure market is also set to boom. One such example is Baha in Bowness-on-Windermere, which has just completed its £3m development of Cumbria’s first music lounge bar.” - Ian Taylor, Senior Associate, Fleurets
The Foxhound, Biddulph Moor, Staffordshire
Asking price: £325,000
Agent name and phone number: Davey Co 0333 200 8788
Superbly presented freehouse located in a beautiful rural Staffordshire village. Comprehensively refurbished throughout to a high standard, including the installation of a highly specified catering kitchen and three bedroom private accommodation.
The Foresters Arms, Bagshot, Surrey
Asking price: £110,000
Tenure: Free of tie leasehold – 13½ years remaining
Turnover: Advised current sales circa £440,000 (inc VAT)
Wet:dry split: 60:40
Rent: £32,000 per annum
Landlord: Stankerr Estates
Agent: Guy Simmonds 01332 865112
The Foresters Arms, a traditional 19th-century inn is situated in the green belt village of Bagshot. It features a relaxing public bar, cosy dining room, multi-functional restaurant, a beer garden and a car park.
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The Compass Inn, Winsor, Copythorne, Hampshire
Asking Price: £95,000
Freeholder: Enterprise Inns
Turnover: for 2017 was £496,800 (inc vat)
Rent: of £39,000 per annum.
Wet:dry split: 30:70
Sales Agent: Guy Simmonds 01332 865112
This 500-year-old village inn and restaurant is situated on the main road in the heart of Winsor, Hampshire, within the boundaries of the ever-popular New Forest National Park, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. It includes a lounge bar, restaurant, dining room, car park and two bedroom owner’s accommodation.
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