Eclectic takes on Living Room bars

The Living Room, Heddon Street, LondonOrchid Group has brought in another leading operator, Eclectic Clubs & Bars, to run 33 of its venues including The Living Room chain.

Eclectic has entered into a management contract with Orchid’s PBR Leisure business to run the bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It comprises 14 sites operating as The Living Room and another 19 that come under the Ultimate Leisure umbrella.

Eclectic owns and operates 16 late-night bars and clubs across the UK under brands such as Sakura, Lola Lo, Fez Club and Po Na Na.

David Myers, chairman of PBR Leisure (PBRL), said: “Whilst it is generally recognised that the last few years have been very difficult for the UK hospitality sector, now is the right time to bring in the Eclectic team which has the specific expertise to drive both The Living Room and the Ultimate Leisure businesses forward.”

Reuben Harley, chief executive of Eclectic, added: “We are delighted to be taking on this business which will bring the total number of sites we operate across the UK to almost 50.

“We see great opportunities in bringing our brand development expertise and service culture to the PBRL group and look forward to working alongside many excellent people within the current PBRL team.”

Ultimate Leisure venues include Coyote Wild in Derby, City Vaults and Bambu in Newcastle, Beach and Irene & Nan’s in Belfast, Halo and Quilted Llama in Leeds and The Cotton Factory in Huddersfield.

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