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King Richard III

70 Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4NN

About this opportunity

Just bursting with potential King Richard III is a beautifully restored, Victorian pub, in an excellent location sitting just to the side of Jubilee Square and steps from the Highcross. It’s surrounded by other drinking and dining venues, hotels and a casino, putting it a prime city centre spot.

After three years working with us and over 30 years in the pub industry, current business owner Alan is set to retire, and we are now seeking new business owners to take on this exciting pub business.

Over the last few years, a lot of love and attention has been put into restoring this beautiful pub to become the inviting and charming venue it is today. It never quite took off as a restaurant a few years back, but since then we have been looking for someone who can bring a great pub, with that welcoming local feel to Leicester’s drinking scene and attract real pub goes.

King Richard III has so much potential to bring something different to the area. We believe it would make a fantastic drinking pub, offering real ales, local beers and a great wine selection with a side helping of tempting snacks, along with some live music and other events.

Still full of original character, on entry, you are met by a warm and welcoming bar area with a large fully opening window to the front. There is an additional seating area to the rear that has been beautifully decorated and there is a very well-equipped commercial kitchen on the upper floor. To the side of the pub, you will find a great outdoor seating area with wall-to-wall planting - great for entertainment and a gem to have in the heart of the city.

Its expansive upstairs private accommodation also provides great city-centre living.

We are looking for someone with experience in the pub industry, with a great vision to take on this exciting opportunity and offer a point of difference to the area. It would suit someone with a good head for business and an understanding of marketing a business.

If this sounds like you, we would love to chat!

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Public areas

  • Main bar area
  • Dining area/second room
  • Kitchen
  • Garden

Private areas

  • 3x Bedrooms
  • Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Bathroom
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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.

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 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 recently 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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