Gardener’s Arms, Droitwich Droitwich Canals

Property type: Worcestershire


  • Commercial or Business
  • Public House


Canalside is a bit of a stretch here, but the River Salwarpe and the Droitwich Canal can be seen from the front windows and they are only a few steps away.

Agent’s details (unrevised):

A popular renowned real ale and music venue is being marketed for sale by specialist licensed property advisers Sidney Phillips.

The Gardeners Arms is nestled in the Worcestershire Spa Town of Droitwich, historically renowned for its salt, a select and sought-after location standing alongside the M5 Motorway on the edge of the Midlands conurbation. This makes it a very popular residential area for those commuting to the Midlands Cities, however, it is also a busy business and retail community in its own right.

The Gardeners Arms stands opposite the Droitwich Canal which links with the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at the nearby Hanbury Locks. The property is set in a residential area and is an appealing property of a Regency Georgian style with parapet roof, although the building probably dates back from a later time.

Internally the property benefits from a lounge bar (an exquisite room decorated in a very Victorian style that reflects the heritage of this famous spa town) and restaurant providing for a combined 52 covers.

The Gardeners Arms also houses one of the most ingenious series of external trade areas laid out in seven sections across terraced gardens, providing for 150+ covers.

Robin Mence, Managing Director of Sidney Phillips commented: “The Gardeners Arms is renowned as one of the most popular real ale and music venues within not just Droitwich but this area of Worcestershire, which is reflected in the trading accounts. This business will undoubtedly generate great levels of interest at market”.

There are two principal trading areas, the LOUNGE BAR, an exquisite room decorated in a very Victorian style that reflects the heritage of this famous spa town. It has boarded floor, beamed ceiling, part tongue and grooved panelled walls and ribbed dralon upholstered lined wall seating with low table stools and some leather back chairs, the room able to cater for seated 34 customers. Open fireplace with antique brick surround. Counter from Central Bar Servery having tongue and grooved panelled frontage.

The RESTAURANT, is similarly appointed, with high backed dralon upholstered ‘art deco’ style dining chairs to assorted tables currently arranged for 18 diners. The room is carpeted and has beamed ceiling. There is a set of LADIES and GENTLEMEN’S TOILETS. Catering Kitchen having non slip flooring and a selection of stainless steel catering effects and work surfaces, two section ceiling fitted galvanised extraction canopy. Adjacent to the kitchen is an external brick built building utilised as a Preparation Room. There is a further building which houses a Dry Store/Freezer Room.

TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS. PRIVATE LOUNGE, BATHROOM with wash hand basin, WC and bath with shower over. Small DOMESTIC KITCHEN.

TWO SECTION BEER CELLAR with delivery access from the side of the premises.

The external areas are a speciality and a feature of the pub, being split into many sections:-

THE BICYCLE GARDEN : A courtyard to the side of the property which is enclosed and has external seating for 20 or so customers.

‘MRS KEATES’ OUTHOUSE, a second enclosed courtyard: This area is paved and has its own BAR SERVERY. There is seating for approximately 30 customers.

THE COUNTRY GARDEN: An ‘L’ shaped timber structure canvass covered and has two enclosed sides. It has a carpeted base and seating for 20 customers and wide screen TV. The structure is illuminated. Adjacent are two further seated gravelled areas providing seating for 15.

THE WINCHESTER CLUB: A similar large timber structure which has canvass roof and sides. It has a fully equipped BAR SERVERY, carpeted base and traditional seating for 40 customers. Adjacent is a further KITCHEN, this area currently dispensing Greek food.

FAMILY GARDEN ON TWO LEVELS. LOWER SECTION having an enclosed CHILDRENS PLAY AREA with well constructed heavy timber climbing frame with slides etc. The UPPER SECTION has a seated area for parents, leading into ‘wildlife’ area and small woodland walk.

AMERICAN DINER: Fully equipped BAR SERVERY. Partially covered seating adjacent and LAWNED GARDEN with seating for in excess of 70 customers.

There is a building housing a POOL ROOM, with darts area and amusement machines also located within.

To the side of the property is a CAR PARK which has space for 20 vehicles (forming part of the freehold title to our clients property) the rest is council owned and the pub has established use over the same.

The Business
The Gardeners Arms is renowned as one of the most popular real ale and music venues within not just Droitwich but this area of Worcestershire. This is reflected in the trading accounts which for the year ended December 2015 show takings net of VAT of £415,000. This income has been well established over a number of years with our clients having been at the Gardeners Arms for in excess of six years.

As previously referred to the success of this business is renowned and we are advised that their composite barrelage for draught products last year was between 300 to 301 barrels meaning that this pub will be of particular interest to small brewers and multiple retailers.

FREEHOLD £450,000 to include fixtures, fittings and goodwill. Stock at valuation in addition. No direct approach to be made to the business, with all communications directed through Sidney Phillips. Viewing strictly by appointment only.

Under the terms of the premises licence the business is permitted to retail alcohol between the hours of 10.00 am and 1.00 am Monday through to Saturday and 11.00 am until 1.00 am on Sundays.

For further information about this business for sale and other pubs for sale, please contact Sidney Phillips’ on 01981 250333, by email ( quoting REF: 41156, or click here for more detail.

Contact the Agent

Sidney Phillips

Specialists in Licensed Premises Sales
No direct approach to be made to the businesses. All communications should be directed through Sidney Phillips. Viewing strictly by appointment only.