Auction opportunity – Victorian pub up for sale

A Victorian pub in Birmingham city centre that real ale campaigners have redecorated is up for sale with Siddall Jones for offers in excess of £650,000.

The White Swan, built between 1899 and 1900 by James & Lister Lea, occupies a prominent position at 276 Bradford Street at its junction with Birchall Street in the Digbeth area of Birmingham.

The grade II-listed pub stands out in the city’s Irish quarter thanks to its red exterior brickwork, while inside its hallways are lined with Minton tiles and its walls decorated with Victorian tiles.

The building was badly vandalised in pre-Covid times but after a two-year closure and redecoration project it was restored and reopened last September.

Real ale experts Nigel Barker, renowned for his pub The Wellington on Bennetts Hill, and Will Young, of The Woodman near the old Curzon Street station, worked with current owners SevenCapital who let them reopen the pub on a short-term, year-long lease.

Edward Siddall-Jones, director of top Birmingham commercial property agent Siddall Jones, said: “This historic pub with its wonderful designs is now fully working and is on the market with a price tag of in excess of £650,000.

“The 3,705 sq ft property comprises a substantial detached building with a part terracotta and detailed brickwork façade beneath a pitched slate roof.

“The ground floor provides a large bar area and rear smoke room with toilets, stores and entrances from both Bradford Street and Birchall Street.

“Many character features are evident with Minton tiled flooring within the entrance hallways and exceptional Victorian wall tiling which also lines the stairwell.

“The upper floors comprise a variety of good-sized rooms formerly used as function rooms and a large manager’s flat, while the cellar benefits from generous height and is dry, providing excellent storage space.”

The White Swan lies approximately one mile east of Birmingham city centre, within easy walking distance of the Bull Ring Shopping Centre.

The planned HS2 train terminal is also close by, while the new Metro station on Digbeth High Street will link to the city’s thriving leisure and business districts of Broad Street and Colmore Row.

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