Historic Bristol pub with unique features is launched on the market
One of the most historic pubs in Bristol city center has been put on the market.
The King’s Head on Victoria Street closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic and has not reopened.
A traditional pub popular with true beer drinkers, The King’s Head is a Grade II listed property dating back to 1660.
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A narrow mid-terrace pub with a unique comfortable tram-shaped area, mirrored rear bar and fittings are said to be among the oldest in the UK and they are included in CAMRA’s national inventory of historic pub interiors .
The bar dates from around 1865, with a series of arches and gilded green and black glass panels announcing various drinks.
The tram can accommodate up to 24 customers on fixed and mobile seats and has its own service hatch.
Peter Bridle of the Bristol & District CAMRA branch said: “The King’s Head of Victoria Street is the only pub in Bristol on the CAMRA National Inventory of Significant Historic Pub Interiors.
“The building dates from the 17th e century and has a magnificent Victorian bar backdrop which is perhaps the oldest in the country with high standard gilded glass with old advertising lettering.
“Most of the rear of the pub contains the delicious ‘Tramcar Bar’, which is unique in style in Bristol.
“The pub also has gas lamps and a cigarette lighter or gas lighter, which is not seen in many pubs. Collectively, he owns one of the finest collections of old pub equipment in the UK.
Peter says that now that the ad is on the market, he hopes someone with imagination will take care of it.
“It is located in an area of central Bristol which has two large free houses nearby (the Cornubia and Seven Stars) and if the King’s Head is taken care of as a free house or by a good independent brewery this area could become even more a destination for discerning beer drinkers.
The commercial area of the property is arranged in the basement and the ground floor, and there is an office and accommodation on the two upper floors.
Previous owners of The King’s Head said in July 2020 that the reopening would be delayed because the site was “too small” for social distancing measures.
Then, last September, the pub said it would take “a little longer to reopen” in order to be able to offer “the best and safest experience”, but it remained closed.
As late as September 2021, the owners were advertising a new publican to run the pub, which had an estimated potential turnover of £ 230,000 per year.
But now this historic Bristol pub is up for sale and the freehold property is being marketed by Fleurets for £ 295,000.
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