Friday, September 30, 2016

News: Work underway on new Rotherham bar


A pub in Rotherham town centre, vacant for a number of years, is being brought back to life with a focus on restoring its historic past.

The 1915 Bar & Bistro is set to open on Domine Lane where the former public house was sold after an auction with Allsops earlier this year. The vacant 8,000 sq ft property was previously The Exchange and formerly Yates Wine Lodge. It was given a guide price of £80,000+.

The property forms part of the Westgate Chambers site, the majority of which has been under offer for over a year after Rotherham Council agreed to dispose of its asset. It is hoped that it will be redeveloped into a residential development with an active commercial ground floor.

Setting out to become Rotherham's finest eaterie and wine bar, fit out work is well underway with an English stitch wall being restored to its natural state and glasswork and detailing uncovered in the eves.

A message on social media reads: "Welcome to 1915. We have been given this exciting new project which is to build our brand in and around Rotherham. We aim to restore buildings which have a focal point to Rotherham's great past..."


Adjacent to the site is the former post office in a prominent corner building on Main Street and Market Street. It was completed and opened in March 1907 and was designed by Mr W. Pott, ARIBA, of His Majesty's Office of Works. Now used as offices, the building includes stone carving on the pediments over the two principal entrances depicting the Royal Arms with appropriate scroll work. The arms of the Borough of Rotherham also feature in the stonework.

The latest Supplementary Planning Document again outlines that the central block of Westgate Chambers should be brought forward for residential occupation. It states: "This provides an excellent opportunity to complement the residential units delivered at Keppel Wharf, only a short distance away from Rotherham Central via Forge Island."

The new bar will look out on Forge Island were a leisure hub is proposed. With the Council hoping to acquire the site and demolish the empty Tesco store, a cinema development is expected to attract secondary restaurant, shop and bar developments in the surrounding area.

Nearby, the prominent nightclub building on Moorgate Street has re-opened as The Amber Lounge - a cocktail, champagne and craft beer lounge. In addition, plans have been approved for a restaurant in a former bar at the foot of Ship Hill and for a restaurant and bar to operate over 5,000 sq ft of floorspace in the former Santandar bank on College Street.

Across the town centre, at The Crofts, the vacant former Cross Keys pub recently sold at auction. Given a guide price of £125,000, it sold for £141,000.

1915 bar website

Images: Tom Austen


Unknown September 30, 2016 at 3:28 PM  

More rock venues are needed.

Anonymous,  October 1, 2016 at 8:12 AM  

Let's get the town nightlife back as it used to be��

Anonymous,  October 2, 2016 at 9:14 PM  

A brave venture let's hope it's a success ! Does anyone know if the recently sold cross keys will re open as a pub or not ?

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