Loungers launches site, Roxy Leisure to open venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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New year new sites: Roxy Laines to open Birmingham site as Loungers launches in Thorpe Park
New year new sites: Roxy Laines to open Birmingham site as Loungers launches in Thorpe Park

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Roxy Leisure sets sights on its second Birmingham site, as a London pub gets a new look and Loungers launches a new venue in Leeds.

Loungers comes to The Springs, Leeds

Expanding café and bar group Loungers Plc has announced a straight 15-year lease to occupy a 4,080 sq ft unit at The Springs, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Caballero Longue, located at the heart of Thorpe Park, will be its second venue in Yorkshire. The dog-friendly site is set to open on 22 February.

Cabarello Lounge at The Springs will offer a work-from-home setting. It will also cater to kids with a selection of games, books and toys and will create 27 new jobs.

Loungers community manager Gemma Irwin said the company was “delighted” to bring Caballero Lounge to The Springs.

She added: “Our lounges strive to put community at the heart of hospitality and our teams always go the extra mile to make a difference.  They are actively encouraged to connect with their communities by working with local groups, charities, organisations and businesses that are at the heart of the fabric of local life.  

"We are very much looking forward to welcoming local residents to the venue and to playing our part at the heart of The Springs development."

Senior commercial manager at Scarborough Group International, which is responsible for the asset management of The Springs, Rachel Vickers said: “We are delighted to welcome Loungers to The Springs Leeds.

“The deal is testament to the strength of proposition for the centre which continues to attract high-quality operators, creating a fantastic mixed offering for the Thorpe Park estate and wider East Leeds Community.

“This exciting new venue will bring a new dynamic to The Springs which is currently more widely recognised for its retail offering. 

“The introduction of a new café-bar, sitting alongside the cinema and existing food and beverage outlets, will widen the audience appeal and catchment with reason to spend more time at The Springs. 

“This is further supported by the forthcoming new railway station on site that will provide direct access from the likes of York and Harrogate and also from Leeds City Centre in just eight minutes.”  


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18th​ century pub hits market

The Grapes Inn, Croston, Lancashire has hit the market with leisure property specialist Fleurets.

The village pub has a freehold available off an asking price of £425,000.

Fleurets senior associate Ian Taylor said: “The business is currently closed. However, this late 18th century site had a locally renowned reputation as being a destination ‘country pub & dining.’”

The 2017 Rateable Value was £51,800. However, the April 2023 Rateable Value has been assessed at £28,750.

The site area is circa 0.39 acres, which includes a large car park and a Boules area. There is also a function room on the first floor.

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New-year makeover for the Lillie Langtry

West London pub the Lillie Langtry in Fulham has unveiled a new look ready for 2023.

Inside, artwork hangs on the walls, including a portrait of Lille herself, and chandeliers hang from the ceilings.

Outdoors, the pub boasts external café-style seating and a covered courtyard fitted with heaters for the colder months.

Cocktails on offer include a Maple Pecan Old-Fashioned and a Blood Orange Spritz, and meals like four-bean chocolate chilli pie and cured bacon chop feature on the menu.


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South Downs pub off market

The Country Inn, Bepton, West Sussex has been let to operators Bryan and Cynthia Austwick, Fleurets has announced.

The couple, who have been together for a decade, have recently taken on the pub in the South Downs national park.

The Country Inn has been shut for more than four years, and the pair are eager to give it a refresh in the old style of a country village destination.

Scheduled renovations include a fully updated kitchen and a large kitchen garden to host farm animals.

The main seating area will look similar to the existing footprint but with a refreshed ceiling height, updated comfortable seating and separation of dining and standing bar. Toilet facilities will also be made more family and wheelchair friendly.

What’s more, the pub’s outbuilding will be transformed from a garage workshop into a casual coffee takeaway. Summer 2023 will see a children’s play area built in the pub’s garden as well as a live music stage.

Sustainability will be at the forefront of the pub’s refurbishment, with electric vehicle charging points to be erected in the car park and solar panels on the felt roofs.


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Roxy Leisure to open 2nd​ Birmingham site

Roxy Leisure has announced plans to open its second site in Birmingham next month, while its Digbeth site will be re-branded as a Roxy Lanes.

The New Roxy Ball Room will be situated adjacent to Victoria Square, home to Birmingham’s town hall and art gallery.

The competitive gaming concept will continue to follow its signature “booze and ball games” mantra by featuring activities such as American pool, basketball, beer pong, shuffleboard and ten pin bowling, alongside a menu of craft beer, premium spirits and Roxy’s signature food and drinks offering.

Roxy Leisure commercial manager Joel Mitchell said: “Birmingham is a creative, exciting, and thriving city. Thanks to the success of our first Birmingham venue, we're now excited to announce that we will be expanding our Birmingham offering with a second site in the heart of the city centre.

“Of course, guests can still expect our signature ‘booze and ball games’ ethos that we know they have come to love!"

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