The Establishment Bar & Grill in Coventry’s old courthouse has been taken over by Intertain, operator of bars including Walkabout.
Intertain today announced it had completed on a lease for the site on the corner of Bayley Lane in the cathedral quarter but intends to continue running the venue in its current form.
Opened in 2012 by entrepreneur Simon Close, The Establishment Bar & Grill has a high focus on food and a reputation as one of the best places in Coventry for cocktails and DJs.
It is set in an historic building dating back to 1783 – one of the city’s few older buildings to survive beyond World War Two. It was Coventry’s main courthouse until the late 1980s and still has many of the original features including the judge’s bench, the crown crest, viewing gallery, and dock. The original cells have been transformed into a dining area.
Intertain’s CEO, John Leslie, said: “The Establishment is a fantastic venue, with a stunning outdoor area, located in the heart of Coventry. It has a strong reputation in the city for food, drink and great service.
“It is our intention to not only maintain that reputation but also expand the bar’s appeal, building its name for sport and brilliant party nights in the great city of Coventry.”
Joshua Sullivan, business agent in Christie & Co’s Birmingham office who handled the sale, added: “The purchase of this unique site gives further validation to the market opinion that Coventry city centre is very much an up-and-coming area.
“It is a target market for a lot of corporate operators due to the two universities in the locality and the fact that it is increasingly attracting businesses to the region. There is therefore high demand for many sites such as this in the centre and the quick turnaround of the sale further demonstrates this.
“We expect demand to increase as more and more corporate operators are set to follow Intertain and move into the city, transforming it into a hub for the West Midlands.”
Although best known for its Australasian-inspired Walkabout bars, Intertain also operates a number of unbranded sites including 6 on Broad Street in Birmingham, Lock 17 in Camden in London, The Stone House in Hertford, and The Bowery in Reading.