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28th Sep 2022

Wetherspoons have put 32 of their pubs up for sale

Fiona Frawley

exterior of a wetherspoons pub

The group currently operate about 800 pubs across the UK and Ireland.

JD Wetherspoons have announced that they’ll be putting 32 of their pubs up for sale, all of which are located in England. The properties are a mix of 10 freehold and 22 leasehold units and are being considered for sale either individually, in small packages or as a portfolio.

Back in July, Wetherspoons warned that they could plunge to a loss of around £30m after raising staff wages and investing in repairs, The Caterer reported.

At the time, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said:

On occasion Wetherspoon does put some of its pubs up for sale.

This is a commercial decision. We understand that customers and staff will be disappointed with it. The pubs will continue to operate as Wetherspoon outlets until they are sold.

The properties up for sale are:

Barnsley – Silkstone Inn

Beaconsfield – Hope & Champion

Bexleyheath – Wrong ‘Un

Bournemouth – Christopher Creeke

Cheltenham – Bank House

Durham – Water House

Halifax – Percy Shaw

Hanham – Jolly Sailor

Harrow – Moon on the Hill

Hove – Cliftonville Inn

London Battersea – Asparagus

London East Ham – Miller’s Well

London Eltham – Bankers Draft

London Forest Gate – Hudson Bay

London Forest Hill – Capitol

London Hornsey – Toll Gate

London Holborn – Penderel’s Oak

London Islington – Angel

London Palmers Green – Alfred Herring

Loughborough – Moon & Bell

Loughton – Last Post

Mansfield – Widow Frost

Middlesborough – Resolution

Purley – Foxley Hatch

Redditch – Rising Sun

Sevenoaks – Sennockian

Southampton – Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis

Stafford – Butler’s Bell

Watford – Colombia Press

West Bromwich – Billiard Hall

Willenhall – Malthouse

Wirral – John Masefield

While no Irish pubs are included in this batch, the group did put one of their Dublin-based establishments up for sale last year – the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, which was purchased for a price in excess of €2.5 million by a pub group run by former Leinster Rugby players Seán O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, and Rob and Dave Kearney.

It’s understood that the group made the decision to sell the pub due to its close proximity to the Forty Foot (another Wetherspoons pub in Dun Laoghaire).

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