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Gin Shop / Off Licence & Bar

Durham City £29,950 Leasehold (fees apply) REF: NE1984


The premises are located on Silver Street which is the main route running from Market Place down towards Framwellgate Bridge. The area around Silver Street is developing into a predominantly food and leisure destination and there have been a number of new occupiers coming onto the street over the last 18 months. There is also currently significant investment taking place nearby with the re-development of Milburngate Shopping centre and the cinema complex.


This well-established business has been trading from within Durham since 2017 and relocated to these new premises in 2022. The premises comprise the ground floor of a refurbished building which has been reconfigured to provide residential accommodation on the upper floors and this retail space on the ground floor with a double fronted window display to catch customers passing by.

Durham Ginstitute has created a shop for gin and spirit lovers, stocking a large range of small batch, high quality local and UK gins that you can’t find in the supermarkets.  Appealing to both local residents, students and to the high number of visiting tourists, the shop attracts people who are looking for gifts or mementos to take away with them.

There are a wide range of products for sale from large 70cl bottles down to the increasingly popular 5cl miniatures.  One of the businesses ‘USP’s is the ability for customers to try a free taster sample (try before you buy) of a spirit before they buy. This generates a lot of sales and add on sales. Customers may increase their spend and buy a larger bottle if they know they like the spirit.  The shop also offers branded gift sets and their own ‘hand-made’ sample sets which are very popular for gifting. Customers even have the option to create their own ‘gin selection’ box.

All products sold in the shop can also be bought online, with the client having recently invested in a new website.  Features allow customers to order a sample (try before you buy) of any of the spirits, order their own ‘gin selection box’ and book gin tastings/private bar hire. The business has a social media presence on both Instagram and Facebook with approximately 9.5k followers.

Ancillary items such as tonics, glasses, stirrers and gift boxes are also available to buy and our client has recently branched out to stock a small range of rum, brandy and whisky.  These new spirit ranges are proving to be very popular and could easily be extended to increase sales.

The premises is fully licensed and able to offer private gin tastings, bar hire for events and customers can also order a drink if they wish. The shop has been configured with the bar area at the rear of the shop to ensure tastings and the drinks service can be carried out while the shop is open.  The bar has a high sit up table with bar stools positioned around.

These activities lead to increased sales with customers buying bottles to take home with scope for a new owner to grow by increasing the opening hours and promotions. 

Viewing is strongly recommended to appreciate this opportunity and the scope it offers to a motivated owner.


Ground Floor                       circa 260 sq.ft (24 sq.m.)

Retail Area

Tasting Area

Kitchen / Store



The premises are held on a 5 year lease from October 2022 at a current rent of £17,500 per annum plus VAT. There is a break clause at the 3rd anniversary.

Trading Hours (licensed 9am – 11pm)

Monday - Sunday               11.00am - 5.00pm


The premises are assessed as follows:

Rateable Value £14,500


Rating C.

Money Laundering Regulations

In accordance with the current Anti-Money Laundering Regulations the Purchaser or Tenant will be required to provide two forms of identification and proof of the source of income.


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