For­mer cross-bor­der ‘stag­ing post’ pub on the mar­ket

Belfast Telegraph - - BUSINESS - BY MICHELLE WEIR

A VA­CANT ru­ral Co Ty­rone pub com­plete with bed and break­fast busi­ness has come onto the mar­ket.

The Coach Inn is at Vic­to­ria Road in the vil­lage of Clough­cor, a few miles north of Stra­bane and fronting on to the main A5 which links Lon­don­derry, Omagh and En­niskillen. Of­fers of over £179,000 are in­vited.

The premises comes com­plete with six en-suite bed­rooms for bed and break­fast busi­ness.

It’s ready for oc­cu­pa­tion although the bar and lounge area re­quires ren­o­va­tion, ac­cord­ing to sell­ing agent Os­borne King.

The agent said: “The ven­dors have not traded the busi­ness for a cou­ple of years.

“How­ever it pro­vides a pur­chaser the op­por­tu­nity to re­open the pub­lic house and bed and break­fast busi­ness.”

The prop­erty is set in a 0.6 acre site with a fully fit­ted and equipped bar/lounge with func­tion room, a liquor li­cence and en­ter­tain­ment li­cence for 200 cus­tomers. The prop­erty ex­tends over two lev­els, with a sin­gle storey to the rear.

The venue is un­der­stood to have been pop­u­lar in its hey­day and was still trad­ing un­til early 2015. The long-es­tab­lished hostelry was re­garded as a stag­ing post for cross-bor­der trav­ellers to and from the North West.

Last month, Colin Neill, head of trade body Hos­pi­tal­ity Ul­ster, said de­ci­sions by publicans to sell up re­flected the pres­sures fac­ing the pub in­dus­try. Publicans were fac­ing ris­ing costs from min­i­mum wage in­creases, with over-25s’ hourly rate go­ing up from £7.50 per hour to £7.83, and busi­ness rates which rose 1.5%. “As well as ris­ing costs for busi­ness, there is also in­fla­tion for con­sumers, in­clud­ing a 4% in­crease in do­mes­tic rates — which leaves less dis­pos­able in­come for din­ing and drink­ing,” he added.

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