Could you run this pub in Carlisle?

The Sportsman is one of the oldest in Carlisle, being one of twenty remaining historic Carlisle State Managed pubs still trading. The building itself dating back to the early 18th century and attract historians and tourists alike however the pub now maintains a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere, quality home cooked food and cask marque accredited real ales. The Sportsman is a hub of the community, playing host to local and charity events, quiz and game nights, private parties and weddings.

About the local area

Located on the edge of the pedestrianised Carlisle City Centre shopping area, the Sportsman benefits from shoppers stopping off for a drink and meal as well as tourists visiting the numerous historical sites within easy walking distance. The pub is nestled between popular shops and is located opposite St Cuthbert’s and St Mary’s Church where it benefits from tourists visiting the church, as well as weddings held at the wedding barn next door which has traditionally used the pub for catering their functions.

Ideal Operator

This is the perfect pub opportunity for a Publican with experience in running a high street pub that caters for a variety of guests. Catering experience is essential, with the pubs food being extremely popular as well as to continue the events catering and service to the wedding barn if desired. An interest in the historic links of the site and its Carlisle State Management history is also important as many visitors come to enjoy these remaining iconic pubs still trading today.


This fantastic pub opportunity comes with domestic accommodation that consists of two bedrooms, a private kitchen and lounge.

About the Agreement

Our Tenancy agreements vary between 3 – 5 years offer a flexible approach to running your own pub business. Your pub will be ready to trade, with carefully tailored food and drinks menus in place which you can evolve as you go along.
You will receive a high level of support and everything you need to run a successful business. From the beginning, you will have dedicated Operations Manager, plus access to training and development, business planning, operations and accounting expertise.

Once you’ve completed the 5-day induction course we’ll provide you with ongoing support to help you maximise the efficiency, sales and profitability of your pub. This includes helping you decide on the right drinks offer, guidance on margin and support creating a marketing plan to build for continued success. To help market your pub, we also offer lots of support and advice.

Punch Tenancy agreements have shared repairs liability, we will help you manage your ongoing repairing obligations. We do this by operating a repairs and maintenance fund for all new agreements.

* The calculation of the initial Ingoing Costs assumes a minimum deposit (£3,000 or £6,000) plus legal fees. The subsequent deposit build up (if any) will need to be paid over 52 weeks. This can be discussed with the recruitment team or Operations Manager

Financial Information

Initial Deposit*
Full Deposit
Legal Fees
Maintenance Fund Per Week
Fixtures and Fittings Weekly Rent
Working Capital
£2,000 - £4,000
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Annual Rent
Forecasted Annual Wet Turnover
Forecasted Annual Food Turnover
Forecasted Annual Other Turnover
Weighted Average Discount Per Barrel
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