Cocktail bar in pipeline for Tap
AQUIRKY bar and restaurant set up in a former town centre Post Office is set to expand.
The Medicine Tap, opposite Rochdale Town Hall on The Esplanade, opened in March last year after more than £300,000 was spent renovating the Grade-II listed Old Post Office.
The bar, restaurant and cafe specialises in real ale and craft beers.
Owner John Stoner is now aiming to build on the venue’s success by expanding into a neighbouring ground floor office space.
Plans have been submitted to Rochdale Council for a change of use at 2 The Esplanade from a modern office to a function/overspill cocktail bar.
In a planning statement, John said: “It is our proposal to gain additional space within The Medicine Tap by opening our main room into the adjacent, adjoining empty office. The vacant office is of modern design and was redeveloped approximately two years ago.
“Our aim would be to create a similar look and ambience that we cur- rently have in our main room.
“This would be achieved by using the same materials, décor and furnishings that we currently have.
“The access to this new room would be from the main room via the original locked oak door.”
Designed by renowned architect Sir Charles Wilkinson, the post office opened in 1923 and is one of Rochdale’s most-loved buildings.
John, who also runs the Mighty Medicine brewery in Whitworth, said none of the building’s important architectural features will be lost by the expansion plans.
He said: “The only original asset of this room of any architectural importance is the large arched window at the front of the room. This is believed to be original from when the building was constructed. This window will not be altered in any way.
“It will, however, be preserved and enhanced by the surroundings and upgrading of the room.
“The view from this beautiful window is of the clock tower of the Grade I listed Town Hall.
“The view will be admired by the public who will use this room daily rather than it be used as an office only viewed by two or three members of staff.”
No objections have been submitted and a decision will be made by planning officers in the next few months.
‘The view will be admired by the public who will use this room daily’
●●The Medicine Tap opened in Rochdale town centre last year