Cock­tail bar in pipe­line for Tap

Rochdale Observer - - TIME-TRIP -

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

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