Victorian Grade II-listed pub in Birmingham heads trio of taverns in auction

An historic public house near central Birmingham is one of three taverns appearing at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ next auction later this month.

The Swan & Mitre at 305 Lichfield Road in Aston will have a guide price* on £225,000+ in the livestreamed, online-only auction on Wednesday 28 October.

The Grade II-listed building has an impressive red terracotta frontage and lies in a prominent position fronting the Lichfield Road at its junction with Holborn Hill.

Originally known as the Swanpool Tavern, the property was built in 1898 by renowned architects James and Lister Lea for the Holt Brewery Company.

The main room has a traditional pub layout of a perimeter bench around a dark timber, wood-panelled central bar.

The ground floor also has a rear room served through a hatch, a large commercial kitchen and toilets, with access to a spacious basement cellar and an enclosed outside yard.

The first floor includes a one-bedroomed studio flat with kitchen diner, lounge and bathroom, and three further bedrooms with living room, kitchen, bathroom and toilet.

Ian Tudor, managing director at Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “This landmark building could continue with its existing use as a public house, restaurant or similar establishment.

“Alternatively, it may be suitable for conversion into residential accommodation, subject to the necessary planning permissions.”

Over in Walsall, The Chuckery Club at 42 Beacon Street is also appearing in the auction with a guide price of £180,000+.

This property, which has been extended at the rear, currently has an entrance lobby with toilets, a large, split level bar and lounge area, with an additional function room, commercial kitchen, another set of toilets and store rooms.

The first floor has a self-contained flat with two bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen and bathroom, plus a small studio flat, and outside there are parking spaces for approximately 17 cars.

Mr Tudor said: “These deceptively spacious premises with bars, a function room and car parking, together with two flats above, could be suitable for a variety of alternative uses, subject to any appropriate planning permission.”

Another former pub in the auction is the Rookery Tavern at 41 Wood Street in Lanesfield, Wolverhampton, with a guide price of £325,000+.

Mr Tudor said: “This modern building represents a major residential development opportunity with full planning permission for a change of use into 12 flats and the erection of two semi-detached properties.”

The three pubs are among 212 lots to be offered in the auction on Wednesday 28 October that will be livestreamed via the website at with remote bidding by proxy, telephone and internet only.

Anyone interested in the auctions or with properties for sale in future auctions should contact or call 0121 312 1212.

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* Each property is subject to a reserve price which may be different from the guide price.

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Suzanne Randell, Head of Marketing and Communications,

Bond Wolfe Auctions,

1st Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 312 1212

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Editors’ notes:

Bond Wolfe Auctions has a record breaking and award-winning team with over 300 years of combined property experience.  They sell all types of residential, commercial and mixed-use property, investments and land/development sites for private individuals and corporate clients. They will hold six auctions in 2019 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.