L-R Karen Plant, Royal Bank of Scotland and Robert Wynne, owner of 1887 The Brew Room
A six-figure funding deal from Royal Bank of Scotland has supported businessman and former Blackpool Mayor Robert Wynne to successfully open a new £350,000 pub and micro-brewery in one of the town’s most historic buildings.
The Brew Room is housed in what was formerly known as The Blue Room, where Blackpool Football Club was originally formed (then called The Stanley Arms Pub). After being empty for years until Wynne’s acquisition last summer, the building had fallen into a derelict state, but renovation works have seen it restored to its former glory.
Part of the vision for the venue was to create somewhere unique, boasting long term appeal to a wide demographic of customers. In order to meet this objective, Robert has created his very own micro-brewery “West Coast Rock Brewery” which is housed at the back of the pub. Four ales are currently being brewed on site including the firm’s speciality craft lager – 1887 – which is sold directly from the tanks offering customers a drink that is as freshly brewed as it can be. There is also a viewing gallery in the pub where patrons can view the ale’s being produced whilst they enjoy their drinks.
The pub only serve beers and ales that are either brewed on site or by regional brewers – no ales from major international brands are available. It also offers a specialist cocktails, ciders and spirits alongside a separate chocolate bar serving milkshakes and coffees, and a smokehouse offering food.
1887 The Brew Room has got off to a flying start and is proving very popular with the local community. 16 new jobs have been created as a result of its launch.
Robert Wynne, owner of 1887 The Brew Room, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the new pub. It is proving to be very popular with both local customers and visitors to the area and trade has got off to a brilliant start.
“As with many towns across the country, unfortunately there are many derelict pubs in the area but the closure of The Blue Room was a real disappointment to many in Blackpool. When the building came up for auction I knew its acquisition was something I had to pursue.
“I have been really pleased with the support received from Royal Bank of Scotland for this venture. There are so many closed pubs across the country that I felt that we may struggle to secure the backing needed to get it off the ground.”
Karen Plant, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “We are so pleased that we have been able to support Robert and Gaynor to put their vision of 1887 The Brew Room into practice. They have created a brilliant venue which is completely different to anything else in the local area and I am sure it will continue to be a great success.”
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