This well-presented high street value pub was once the market leader and now needs a charismatic publican to help return it to its former glory. Build on an enduring reputation for good food and cask ales, inviting customers old and new to enjoy the welcoming ambience and regular entertainment.
Situated in a busy shopping area in the centre of Bolton, the Cask Marque accredited Hen & Chickens is a striking-looking pub with a real ‘olde worlde’ flavour. The development of a specialist focus – in the past, pies have been a favourite here – could help this pub develop a strong identity as a dining venue that attracts both local trade and visitors to the town. It’s an open plan trading operation, with a central bar and a well-equipped kitchen that can provide for up to 30 covers throughout the trading space. The pub also offers a dedicated pool/sports area, a smoking solution and free Wi-Fi.
The domestic accommodation consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
Bolton takes pride in its identity as an industrial mill town that has evolved into a thriving modern centre with great shopping and higher education institutions. Old and new commerce are reflected in the town centre, with traditional markets nestling alongside designer retail malls. Popular and time-honoured pubs such as the Hen & Chickens are rivalled by cosmopolitan cafés. The pub’s location means that shoppers and workers visit at lunchtime, while the evenings bring after-work custom. It’s also close to The Albert Halls, Bolton Museum & Aquarium and the Octagon Theatre.
To succeed here, you’ll need to be adept at developing a menu for the mixed tastes of a city centre crowd, and have the marketing nous to raise this pub’s profile, both online and in the print media.