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Iconic Manchester boozer goes up on the market

For a cool £1.5m, you can own an iconic piece of Manchester history.

Manchester has an amazing selection of historic pubs and old school boozers to get stuck into.

Right up there with em’, is The Crown and Kettle, which sits pretty on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Oldham Road.

This historic watering hole dates way back to 1734.

The building has a storied history, originally serving as a courthouse before it made the transition to a pub early on in the 19th century.

The Grade II listed ‘freehouse’ re-opened in 2005 after 16 years ‘in co-operation’ with the English Heritage Trust.

It is well renowned for its intricate and unusual ceiling, and its excellent selection of ales and craft beers.

The pub was refurbished again in 2020, the pub got the full works following an ownership change in 2021; showcasing the incredible masonry work inside the building.

Exposed brickwork makes it a unique pub with lots of character

Despite the location next to the road, on warm days you can see the outside of the pub jam-packed with punters enjoying the fleeting sunshine, and there’s a large drinking area to the front of the bar on the inside, with a small snug at the rear too.

The pub has an extraordinary ceiling

The pub holds music nights and other varied events which are listed on their Facebook page.

The pub was voted one of the best pubs in the UK earlier this year, and with its beautiful blend of contemporary and old, it’s no surprise.

The free house is currently under the management of Alex Daw who is behind arts venue Sidney & Matilda in Sheffield.

Offers in the region of £1.4m are being sought for the grade II-listed building.

The pub’s management said that the sale of the building would not affect trade, with a long-term lease already in place.

Rightmove say about the pub: “The Crown & Kettle is a renowned and iconic award-winning establishment, having recently been named a county winner in the 2023 National Pub & Bar Awards. Previous awards in include CAMRA regional Pub of the Year 2015 and Central Manchester Pub of the Year 2019.

“The property comprises a prominent corner building, built in 1734 and home to the renowned Crown & Kettle. Constructed in brick and in a distinctive gothic style, the Grade II Listed building provides basement, ground and upper floor accommodation.

“The ground floor comprises a public house, which was refurbished in 2020 and is finished to a traditional standard with wooden floors, exposed brickwork and ornate ceilings. It is complemented by a basement which incorporates beer cellar, small office and store room.

“The first floor has the benefit of separate access off Great Ancoats Street and currently provides vacant accommodation that is intended to be converted into 3/4 individual hotel rooms. There is also access to the loft space above.

“The property is currently occupied by Crown & Kettle Ltd (13858826) who have been in occupation for approximately 3 years. The tenant is paying a rent of £102,000 per annum.

“We understand the tenant wishes to sign a new long-term lease. Further information on request.”

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