This impressive pub has universal appeal, attracting families, students and sports fans, and this broad reach should continue under the new publican. The dedicated restaurant serves a range of changing specials, and there’s a more sports-centric offer in the main bar. The pub also presents the opportunity to reap extra profits from its 6 letting rooms, which really capitalise on its city centre location. A shift from community mainstream to destination mainstream will give the Queens Head a dash of added cache, while a higher online profile could really boost profits here.
The Queens Head’s interior features smart, contemporary styling, to create an atmosphere that’s welcoming at the same time as being a little upmarket. Touches such as the open fire, chequerboard flooring under the pool table, wall panels of timber exposed stone, and bright carpeting and perimeter seating really add visual interest. The pub has a main bar, a lounge and a restaurant, and there are 60 covers throughout, serviced by the catering kitchen. There’s also a conservatory at this Cask Marque accredited pub, which offers free WiFi for customers’ use. Upstairs, there are 6 fairly simple, ‘budget’ style letting rooms, with separate bathroom facilities. Outside, the pub has a pleasant lawned beer garden with picnic seating, a smoking solution and a car park with 10 spaces.
The domestic accommodation consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
The Queens Head is right on the edge of Durham’s vibrant student area, and a couple of budget-friendly promotional nights could reap significant profits from this sector. Families and professionals also live in the immediate area, and a new set of apartments is being built very close to the pub. There are plenty of attractions for all in this famous cathedral city and the surrounding area, from moorland walks and golden beaches to museums and state-of-the-art shopping centres.
This would suit an experienced operator who can welcome students, families and friendship groups, while ensuring high standards at all times. Imaginative promotions and community events will help attract new trade, and investment in the letting rooms could enhance this income stream.