Could you run this pub in Warrington?
This stunning black and white pub has established itself as part of the area’s social fabric – it’s cherished by drinkers as a community hub where they can gather for a chat, and is a popular choice for charity events and seasonal social evenings. At present, this is a well-stocked, wet-driven pub that prides itself on its active role within the community, but Punch is considering an investment that will spruce up the pub as well as recommissioning the catering kitchen so the Sloop can carve a niche for itself as a food destination too. A menu of no-fuss pub classics would really increase linger time, as well as boosting the pub’s appeal for families.
The Sloop is a beautiful old pub with a black and white upper storey typical of Cheshire pubs, as well as lovely signage depicting the type of traditional sailing boat after which the pub is named. Inside, there’s a good-sized trading area, with a lounge and a public bar and excellent provision for games and televised sport. Once upgraded, the catering kitchen will be able to provide for up to 50 covers throughout. The Sloop offers free WiFi, Sky Sports and parking for 30 vehicles. There’s also excellent provision for live music and entertainment, with a fabulous fully-serviced stage located within the beer garden. The pub also has a smoking solution.
The domestic accommodation consists of four bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
We’re considering investment to spruce up the pub’s décor and to upgrade the catering kitchen, to enable it to deliver a mid-range menu that will hit the right notes with local residents.
The area around the Sloop is densely populated, with many white-collar workers living in the surrounding streets. There’s plenty of competition with nearby pubs, though many of these are wet-only outlets – and value is a key driver in this price-conscious part of Cheshire. There’s some light industry and manufacturing in the area, and the Sloop should also be targeting after-work and lunchtime trade. Liverpool, Manchester and Chester are all around 40 minutes away.
This pub may suit
The Sloop will appeal to a first-time local publican – or a seasoned professional who knows the right strings to pull to make a success of a lively community value pub. The pub has a good, strong following locally and building on this could help tap into its full potential.