Refurbished in 2015, the Shakespeare is a versatile high street mainstream pub with a reputation for great food and live music. Its central location means it has the potential to attract shoppers and workers during the week and revellers at weekends – although noise levels must be appropriate for the immediate neighbourhood. The new operator here should be able to tap into several new income streams. A solid food offer that will please local workers and possibly attract foodies could make a difference, and early evening ‘after work’ menus should certainly be tried. Meanwhile, boosting the pub team element of this venue’s sports offer and booking more live acts should also boost sales and profits
Despite sitting in a prime position in the town centre, the Shakespeare is very much a locals’ pub, which changes throughout the day. The public bar has a games area with a dartboard and pool table, plus there’s a lounge bar that’s best suited to dining and entertainment. The substantial trade kitchen is ideal for delivering the 40-plus covers available here. Outside, the pub boasts an attractive beer garden and a 14-space car park.
The domestic accommodation consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
Nantwich is a historic market town with a real sense of community. The local area is well populated and is home to a wide cross-section of people, a good proportion of which are relatively affluent. The town has good shopping and a market, and there are regular bus services to Chester and Hanley. Nantwich has a jazz festival and food and wine festival each year and the cheese show is one of the most famous agricultural events in the UK. There are plenty of residential houses all around the pub, adding to the footfall from the town’s regular and visiting shoppers, students and local workers.
The Shakespeare would be an ideal property for an experienced and enthusiastic publican with a gift for booking bands that pack the place out. But you’ll also need the ability to flex the retail offer at different times of the day and week to capitalise upon this pub’s central location.