Wednesday 19 June 2019

Three pubs that can be star bars

Leinster towns have something to drink to

Donal Buckley

By Donal Buckley

A TALE of three Leinster pubs. One of them sold for well over €1m and two have just been offered to the market with guide prices of €600,000 each. As well as being in busy Leinster towns, their sale is also being handled by agent John P Younge, who specialises in this sector of the market.

He recently sold Chrissy D's pub on Vevay Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, after auction for a sum believed to be well in excess of €1m. Mr Younge had been guiding between €1.4 and €1.6m for the corner premises which includes lounge and public bars as well as a function room, kitchen and apartment. It is believed to have been bought by a person with interests in the licensed trade in the Bray area.

Accommodating a lounge and snug which extend to 2,146 sq ft over split levels, it also has a 706 sq ft public bar with separate access. At first floor level it accommodates a 1,245 sq ft function room and dispense bar, along with a catering kitchen. A three bedrooms apartment is also located at this level.

The vendor was DLH Investments Ltd, of which Wicklow man John Slattery is a director.

Now joint agent Paddy Jordan of Jordan Town & Country has teamed up with Mr Younge for the sale of Thomas Fletcher, Commercial House, North Main Street, Naas, Co Kildare to the market with a €600,000 guide. It will go for auction on 16 July. The pub's owner Tommy Fletcher, whose family has owned the pub since 1931, plans to retire.

Oozing character, the back drop in the bar and lounge features original whiskey and sherry caskets together with tea caddies and spice drawers dating from when the family also operated a grocery.

Its ground floor includes public bar, lounge and snug together with stores including garage and a lofted area with potential for expansion.

Upstairs also has potential for residential, office or restaurant uses. A lofted store to the rear has independent access via an archway from the main street while a small garden at the back could be converted to a beer garden.

In Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, a pub which is synonymous with one of the county's famous hurling families, the Rackards, is also for sale for €600,000. Known as Rackards, it is located at the upper end of the town; vendor Bobby Rackard has achieved a reputation for good food and drinks.

The premises was recently refurbished and includes a front lounge and restaurant extending to 510 sq ft. Its back lounge/restaurant extends to 734 sq ft and there are two snugs. A catering kitchen with coldroom extends to 449 sq ft. A separate entrance provides access to the upper floor which also accommodates an office, store room and a three bedroom duplex apartment.

Outside is a smoking patio, an enclosed yard with vehicular entrance, a store and smaller inner yard.

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