New bar aims to help Rotherham’s nightlife a roaring success!

Published Monday, 30th July 2018
Cllr Denise Lelliott (right) with Joanne Wood and Paul Gill outside The Red Lion Bar & Lounge.
Cllr Denise Lelliott (right) with Joanne Wood and Paul Gill outside The Red Lion Bar & Lounge.

Rotherham Council has welcomed the opening of a new bar in the town centre as plans to make the area an attractive place to visit ramp up.

The Red Lion Bar and Lounge joins other recent additions to the town centre, expanding Rotherham’s choice of nightlife venues.

The bar offers an extensive cocktail menu, over 70 spirits and a special station to add some sparkle to your prosecco, in a modern and relaxing atmosphere situated in in the Red Lion Yard on Bridgegate.

Paul Gill and Joanne Wood opened the bar in May after taking on the lease, and Paul single-handedly renovated the former pub, adding his own personal touch by displaying his childhood Chopper and Tomahawk bikes up on the walls.

Owner Paul said, “Rotherham’s nightlife hasn’t really existed for a while, apart from a few traditional pubs, so we wanted to join other new bars in town and bring something different to help bring a social life back to the town centre, somewhere couples can come and relax in a nice setting.

“The last couple of months have gone really well, we’ve got regular couples who visit, and we’ve been really busy in the warm weather. The yard is a great place to sit and enjoy a drink in the sun now that we’ve cleaned it up after it was once a no-go area.

“We have ideas and plans for the future once the bar is established, including a tapas-style food menu.”

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “I’m delighted to welcome The Red Lion Bar and Lounge to Rotherham’s town centre to join the likes of 1915 Bar and Bistro and the George Wright Hotel, Bar and Restaurant. Its arrival will certainly contribute to the town centre’s transformation as a leisure destination as we move towards the development of Forge Island and the Masterplan. I wish Paul and Joanne all the best of success in their new venture.”

Visitors to Rotherham are reminded that they can take advantage of two hours free parking in the “red zones” of Drummond St and Forge Island car parks, Monday to Friday, and free weekend parking at Forge Island. In addition, visitors can get four hours parking for only £1.50 in a number of council-owned car parks every Saturday.

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