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King Richard III

70 Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4NN

About this opportunity

What a great opportunity to own a pub business in the heart of the city centre. King Richard III is a beautifully restored, elegant Victorian pub in a thriving city.

Walk in to this pub and you’re met with charming, characterful décor and beautifully restored original features. The modern bar and dining area are complemented by a hidden gem of a courtyard garden which makes a great entertaining and event space throughout the year.

Having been recently refurbished, with particular investment in a modern and well-equipped commercial kitchen, this business is ready to go - a very rare opportunity in the city.

Look on any Leicester bloggers site and you will see the raving reviews for this great pub, including features in magazines like Great Central who said “the no gimmicks city pub and restaurant screams class, with Sarah Kirby artwork decorating the walls, and candelabra framing the fireplace” and how “many original pieces of this fresh and open plan pub remain. Whether it’s the wooden casing which leads to the old pumps upstairs, or the ‘Smoke Room’ sign which dangles outside the entrance. It can’t be denied. This city pub reeks of character.”

This pubs location is crucial to its success, sitting comfortably by great bars such as cosy club and Turtle Bay. With the city centre in development and looking to expand the offer at the rear of the pub as part of the waterways regeneration ,there will be plenty more people coming into the centre in the future too. Read all about Leicester's future regeneration plans here.

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The community

The pub’s namesake, King Richard III, whose remains were found only a stone’s throw away from the pub in 2012, is one of many reasons why Leicester has firmly placed itself on the map for tourists to the area, with record numbers of more than 33 million people visiting the city and county in 2016.

Thousands visit Leicester Cathedral, located minutes away, to visit the site of King Richard’s reinterment, and, more recently, Luke Jerram’s 23-foot high The Moon which drew 28,000 visitors in 10 days.

We are very fortunate to have three great sporting teams, Leicester Tigers, Leicester City Football Club and the Leicester Riders, with many supporters gathering in the area ahead of sporting matches and heading to the stadiums all of which are within walking distance from the pub.

Add to this the full and varied cultural diary of Leicester, from the ever-growing Dave’s Comedy Festival to the Belgrave Mela and City Festival, rarely a month goes by when there isn’t reason to visit the city centre.

The area has seen huge investment in recent years; The Highcross shopping centre draws shoppers from across the county, Jubilee Square, where events and gatherings are held regularly for patrons of the city and new offices and hotels are currently being built to cater for the rise of both tourism and business across Leicester.

With taxi ranks, public transport and the railway all close by, getting in and out of the city couldn't be easier. The pub also sits behind one of the main access roads in and out of the city.

The pub couldn't be better positioned location wise!


70 Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4NN
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