A Hertfordshire pub that’s reported to be the oldest in England is up for sale. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans, located on a site dating back to the 8th century, is held on the remainder of a 10 year franchise lease from Mitchell & Butlers ending in 2019. Davis Coffer Lyons, which is marketing the pub, is inviting leasehold offers from £150,000 per annum exclusive. The site has a 70/30 wet/dry split and reportedly generates annual turnover above £600,000. The pub features a large outdoor area and a two bedroom flat above the trading premises. Paul Tallentyre, director of pubs at Davis Coffer Lyons, said: “This is a charming building which has been added to over the years but the original timber-framed structure is clearly visible. Such a great looking and unspoilt traditional pub in such a scenic and historical location is a rare opportunity. “Inside, this is a classic, cosy local with a characterful sunken bar room in the original cockfighting pit. As St Albans is home to the Campaign for Real Ale, beer standards are high locally, and it has a great reputation for a fine array of real ales.” The pub, which has an 11th Century structure, was moved to its current location in 1539.

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