One of Middlesbrough’s most historic pubs has come onto the market, and could have a new lease of life as a micro-brewery, shop or bar.
The Shakespeare on Linthorpe Road is available for sale or rent through Middlesbrough independent commercial property consultants Dodds Brown.
A grade II listed building, constructed in the 19th Century, The Shakespeare closed down as a pub in the late 1990s, and was most recently used as an amusement arcade. Now it is empty and looking for a new operator.
Listed at number five in a 2014 poll of Teesside’s favourite drinking spots of the past, The Shakespeare operated as a hotel and pub for around 150 years.
Close to Middlesbrough railway station, and adjacent to Marks and Spencer’s in the heart of the prime retail area, The Shakespeare has 4,381 sq ft of accommodation over three floors, with 2,672 sq ft of that space on the ground floor.
The Shakespeare’s most famous landlord was Robert Watson Boyd, Champion Sculler of England in the 1870’s.
A major sporting celebrity of his time, although now virtually forgotten, Boyd’s career included many high profile rowing races on the Tees, Tyne and Thames rivers.
His last competition was the ‘Race of the Tees’ on 3rd July 1882 against Australian Elias C Laycock for £400 (more than £30,000 in today’s money), which drew thousands of spectators with excursion trains running to Middlesbrough from Sheffield, Whitby and Newcastle. Boyd died at a young age in The Shakespeare, where he was landlord, in 1887.
The exterior of the pub still boasts a range of historical features, including a stone relief of Shakespeare at the top of the building and Bass Brewery ‘red triangles’ above each door.
Richard Wilson, Dodds Brown’s senior associate partner, said: “This is an ideal opportunity to bring one of Middlesbrough’s most historic pubs back to life and to play a part in the town’s retail and leisure revival.
“The premises would lend themselves to a micro-brewery, independent retail outlet or eating establishment. “
• Pictured (above) is Richard Wilson of Dodds Brown with Sam Tolley from Wells Solutions outside the Shakespeare Pub.