Bar Sport continues expansion with new Essex site

Bar Sport

A new site is planned for the expanding Bar Sport group in Braintree in Essex, bringing a large closed-down pub back to life.

The former Silkworm, once part of the Smith & Jones pub estate, is to be transformed into the American-style sports bar and grill concept through a franchise agreement.

The three-storey site has been closed since October last year when the 185-strong Bramwell Pub Company, including the Smith & Jones estate, went into administration.

It is part of a roll-out of the concept by Bar Sport Group which has sites in Bromley in east London, Cannock in Staffordshire, and Maidenhead and Newbury in Berkshire. It is working with more franchisees to open in locations across the UK.

The building in Braintree High Street has been let on a new free-of-tie lease on behalf of Roseland Finance Company in a deal secured by leisure property specialist Davis Coffer Lyons. The franchisee has taken the 7,590 sq ft site, which benefits from a 3am licence seven days a week, at a rent of £50,000.

The ground floor comprises a large trading space including the main bar, three seating areas, DJ booth and dance floor and a beer garden and terrace at the back. There is also a food preparation area with two dumb waiters which connect with the first-floor kitchen and its two built-in cold rooms.

The first floor also has male and female toilets, separate staff toilets, two offices, a cellar store with a barrel lift, extensive storage space and a two-bedroom flat with kitchen/diner and bathroom. The second floor is currently used as the plant room and for storage.

Paul Tallentyre, director at Davis Coffer Lyons, said: “This is one of the largest and most prominent pubs in Braintree and, as such, was incredibly popular with a wide range of different operators.

“Bar Sports is a great concept and its business model is ideally suited for this type of property. Having enjoyed great success in similar locations around the UK we have no doubt that this venue will trade just as well.”
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