Oldham pub to get boutique hotel makeover

George Sell By George Sell
07 October 2014 | Updated 07 October 2014

UK: The Grapes Hotel on Oldham’s Yorkshire Street is set to reopen after a boutique makeover.

UK: The Grapes Hotel on Oldham's Yorkshire Street is set to reopen after a boutique makeover.

The Grapes Hotel closed more than ten years ago but is set to be restored by Royton businessman Guy Barlow and his partners. They are planning to restore the property, which dates back to the early 1800s, to create 11 boutique style hotel rooms above a bistro pub.

The refurb will retain as many of the building's original features as possible, stripping back the facade to expose the original tiles and re-using stained glass windows.

Barlow said: "We want to offer something different. We don't want the Grapes to be just another bar or pub, we want it to be the kind of place that people can hold business lunches in or where solicitors can meet their clients, for example. Schemes like the Odeon cinema in the old town hall show that the council is investing in the future of Oldham and helping its economy grow. We're excited - you don't often get the chance to invest in something from the start but the independent quarter has given us this opportunity."

Council leader Jim McMahon added: "Guy is one of the many traders and businesses who are showing interest and support for our proposals to regenerate one of the borough's most important retail and leisure areas. We already have a series of major regeneration projects underway and we believe the town centre can become the strongest in the area. To help us achieve our aim we want to attract new businesses that will bring something unique to the area - making the independent quarter a destination in its own right."

Oldham council has set up a £1 million investment package to help attract new businesses to the independent quarter - a triangular site bound by Yorkshire Street, Cless Street and Union Street East.

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