England’s Oldest Pub For Sale Through Davis Coffer Lyons

July 21, 2011

England’s oldest public house, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, in St Albans, Hertfordshire is on the market through leisure specialists Davis Coffer Lyons.

The property, which holds its place in the Guinness Book of Records, is located next to popular tourist attractions Verulamium Park and The Roman City Wall Museum. Davis Coffer Lyons is inviting leasehold offers from the market from £150,000.

Paul Tallentyre, Director of Pubs, Davis Coffer Lyons, said: “This is a charming building which has been added to over the years but the original timber-framed structure is clearly visible. It is currently a 70/30 wet led business with an advised annual turnover in excess of £600,000. Such a great looking and unspoilt traditional pub in such a scenic and historical location is a rare opportunity.

“Inside, this is a classic, cosy local with a characterful sunken bar room in the original cockfighting pit. As St Albans is home to CAMRA, beer standards are high locally, and it has a great reputation for a fine array of real ales.”

The premises are held on the remainder of a 10 year franchise lease from Mitchell & Butlers ending in 2019. It boasts and extensive outdoor area and a two bedroom flat above the trading premises is included in the sale.

The pub, an 11th Century structure on an 8th Century site, was originally located close to St Albans Cathedral and was moved to the present site on Abbey Mill Lane after the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539.