Revolution opens bars and revamps more, police station turns into pub

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Openings and revamps: A big week for Revs with two new sites openings and one site revamp, as others launch sites and makeover others
Openings and revamps: A big week for Revs with two new sites openings and one site revamp, as others launch sites and makeover others

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Revolution has opened new sites in Exeter and Preston and as well as pumping £200k into its Wilmslow site, the Inn Collection Group has turned a police station into a pub and Red Oak Taverns has renovated its Blunham venue.

Red Oak Taverns renovates the Horseshoes pub


The Horseshoes pub in Blunham near Bedford, Bedfordshire, has received a complete refurb by pub owners Red Oak Taverns.

Two bars in the community pub’s indoor area have bene turned into one open plan room with new décor, flooring, carpets, furniture, wood burning stove and upgraded bar.

High bar seating and tables make the most of what was an unused seating area, and outside, the garden has been renovated to include a large patio area with lit pergola, seating and a children’s climbing frame.

Red Oak Taverns business development manager David Elder said: “This lovely village pub has been completely transformed.  Being the only pub in the village it’s central to the community and we are really pleased the new look has gone down so well with the locals and new customers alike”.

Liz and Roy Brown have operated the pub for 10 years. Liz was “over the moon” with the refurbishment which she said had given the two of them, as well as the building, a “new lease of life”.

“Red Oak have been wonderful and nothing has been too much trouble.  Now we have a bright and comfortable pub that the whole village can enjoy,” she added.

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Inn Collection Group turns police station into pub

The Inn Collection Group has reopened a former police station in North Yorkshire as a 30-bedroom pub with rooms following a multi-million pound redevelopment of the site.

The northern pubco bought the former Northallerton police station in 2020 and have developed it into a new food-driven pub with accommodation in the market town.

The 18-month project included the remodelling of the building’s former custody suite – complete with five cells – into bedrooms with original features including the front entrance and main staircase being retained.

The internal spaces of the Grade II listed building have bene repurposed into a bar and dining area with 200-covers, in keeping with the Inn Collection Group’s food-driven pubs with rooms concept.

The creation of the Custody Suite offers a self-contained ‘snug’ for private dining or smaller groups, with a purpose-built commercial kitchen installed.

Inn Collection Group managing director Sean Donkin said: “This has been a particularly exciting project for us. We are delighted with the transformation and to have expanded our Yorkshire customer base with the opening of this superb new site. We have pulled out all the stops to do justice to the building and its fascinating past while giving the building a brand new purpose as an inn.

“Northallerton is a cracking market town with bags of character and The Northallerton Inn is at the heart of it. We are very happy to be trading and being part of the community here, with a new venue that local people and visitors can enjoy, providing year-round food, drink and accommodation services.”


£3.5m pumped into first Revolution bars to open since Covid

Revolution Bars group has ploughed £3.5m into its new Exeter, Devon and Preston, Lancashire venues – its first openings since the start of the pandemic.

The two sites take the Group’s total number of sites to 69 with Revolution now accounting for 49 of those.

The Grade II-listed, 720 capacity Exeter site is located on Queen Street – a central location linking the high street with both the Central and St David’s train station as well as the main university campus.

Following an initial £2m investment, the site is expected to create more than 70 jobs in the city, providing an economic boost ahead of the summer months.

Revolution Bars Group chief executive Rob Pitcher said it was “hugely encouraging” the business was in a position to restart its expansion after the myriad of challenges presented by the past two years.

“We are incredibly excited to add these new sites in Exeter and Preston to our portfolio,” he said, adding “they’re both centrally located statement buildings, providing us the perfect backdrop to host unforgettable nights out for our guests.”

The 600 capacity venue in Preston will be situated on the junction of Fishergate and Friargate – the two main pedestrianised streets leading to the railway station and the university. The Preston site will also obtain a substantial initial investment of around £1.5m, and will create approximately 50 jobs.

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Wilmslow Revolution set for £200k glow-up

Revolution bar in Wilmslow, Cheshire is preparing to unveil a £200k makeover, re-opening Friday 17 June.

The revamp includes new dining spaces, a DJ booth, a spacious dance floor, VIP seating, new décor and special effect lighting.

Guests will be able to enjoy Revolution’s collection of classic and bespoke cocktails, ranging from the Millionaire Martini to the Mango & Passion Fruit Daiquiri. There will also be a food offering that will include crispy fried chicken and the Brooklyn Beer mac ‘n’ cheese.

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