Bolton pub The Capitol to be turned into Victorian-style 'gin palace'

The former Capitol pub in Churchgate

An artist’s impression of how Hogarths - a Victorian-style "gin palace" - will look

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A NEW “gin palace” and micro-brewery is set to open in Churchgate.

Amber Taverns has announced plans to turn former pub The Capitol into Hogarths, a lavish bar styled on gin houses common in the Victorian era.

The bar, due to open in October, will have an in-house micro-brewery and a bespoke gin distilled for the pub, based on a recipe popular in the 18th century.

Operations director for Amber Taverns Gary Roberts said they were excited to open the company’s 100th pub in Bolton, named after the painter William Hogarth.

He said: “Hogarth was a superb artist, satirist, and political commentator — and some elements of his work will run through the establishment.

"We are keen to promote a fantastic community pub spirit in a rather under-invested area of the town centre.

“We believe customers not only deserve fantastic surroundings to imbibe in their favourite tipple — we believe value for money is increasingly important.

“The micro-brewery will deliver exceptional session beers and innovative and challenging variations on popular varieties.”

Mr Roberts said televisions would be fitted with Sky Sports and BT Sports to show Premier League football games.

However, the bar will not serve food and no children will be allowed on the premises.

Work has already started on the building following the closure of The Capitol in June.

Churchgate is hailed as one of Bolton’s most historic areas, and is home to the 763-year-old pub Ye Olde Man and Scythe.

In May shopkeepers in the area blasted Churchgate as a ghost street, after a number of firms closed down or relocated.

Bolton Council said it hoped to turn the street into Bolton’s “restaurant quarter”.

It has offered grants of up to £20,000 for businesses to take on empty units.

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8:48am Thu 28 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Brilliant!

Can we have an Opium Den as well please?

That way, the town's spiraling decline into Victorian squalor will be complete.

My chimney needs sweeping, anybody got a small child I can borrow?
Brilliant! Can we have an Opium Den as well please? That way, the town's spiraling decline into Victorian squalor will be complete. My chimney needs sweeping, anybody got a small child I can borrow? OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 49

8:51am Thu 28 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

So it has gone from being an alleged Sports bar to a Victorian-esque micro-brewery offering a multitude of original and unique tipples to sample in the surroundings of quirky Victorian decor...... I like it!

I believe this new venture and the Man & Scythe will complement each other significantly and boost revenue and the kind of clientele we want in that part of town!
So it has gone from being an alleged Sports bar to a Victorian-esque micro-brewery offering a multitude of original and unique tipples to sample in the surroundings of quirky Victorian decor...... I like it! I believe this new venture and the Man & Scythe will complement each other significantly and boost revenue and the kind of clientele we want in that part of town! Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 32

9:00am Thu 28 Aug 14

oftbewildered2 says...

sounds good to me - something different from the usual run of the mill premises. If I was 50 years younger ....................
... oh well it is nice to dream. I hope it is successful.
sounds good to me - something different from the usual run of the mill premises. If I was 50 years younger .................... ... oh well it is nice to dream. I hope it is successful. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 25

9:07am Thu 28 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

'Churchgate is hailed as one of Bolton’s most historic areas, and is home to the 763-year-old pub Ye Olde Man and Scythe'

Well it was before being destroyed by successive short term thinking Bolton councillors and that other place over the road hasnt opened yet. Bolton night life isnt what it was they're all competing for the less and less customers.
'Churchgate is hailed as one of Bolton’s most historic areas, and is home to the 763-year-old pub Ye Olde Man and Scythe' Well it was before being destroyed by successive short term thinking Bolton councillors and that other place over the road hasnt opened yet. Bolton night life isnt what it was they're all competing for the less and less customers. Wolfie190
  • Score: -2

10:02am Thu 28 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

Bit ironic that. "Bolton Council hope to turn it into a restaurant area" - did they read the small print? The pub says "we will NOT be serving food". A novel concept or what?
Bit ironic that. "Bolton Council hope to turn it into a restaurant area" - did they read the small print? The pub says "we will NOT be serving food". A novel concept or what? Ernagy2
  • Score: 40

10:36am Thu 28 Aug 14

lily says...

Love palaces but hate Gin!!
Love palaces but hate Gin!! lily
  • Score: 4

10:40am Thu 28 Aug 14

Robert2012 says...

I echo the comments about short term lets and vision the previous originals clothes shop is now some "stay strong" rehabilitation place for people of various addictions ...who are usually sat on the benches outside making it intimidating for people to walk past, with the clap clinic along there as well, I do wonder how the hairdressers and other businesses exist and attract customers.
Surely there are better places for these establishments than a area of town the council are trying to regenerate....like St. Helens, Deane, halliwell or Blackburn Roads.....where slusville has already been created by corrupt cliff and his band of incompetents .
I echo the comments about short term lets and vision the previous originals clothes shop is now some "stay strong" rehabilitation place for people of various addictions ...who are usually sat on the benches outside making it intimidating for people to walk past, with the clap clinic along there as well, I do wonder how the hairdressers and other businesses exist and attract customers. Surely there are better places for these establishments than a area of town the council are trying to regenerate....like St. Helens, Deane, halliwell or Blackburn Roads.....where slusville has already been created by corrupt cliff and his band of incompetents . Robert2012
  • Score: 11

10:55am Thu 28 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Will it be re named as the **** up Quarter ?
Will it be re named as the **** up Quarter ? thomas222
  • Score: -13

1:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

WATOAOW says...

Bradshawgate isn't for me anymore, but with this, The Old Man, Three Crowns and Barristers (I know it's on Bradshawgate) It might actually be worth a trip into town for a few pints,
Bradshawgate isn't for me anymore, but with this, The Old Man, Three Crowns and Barristers (I know it's on Bradshawgate) It might actually be worth a trip into town for a few pints, WATOAOW
  • Score: 14

5:21pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Little Lever Kerry says...

I proper love gin me but I always end up getting in trouble after a bottle cos it makes me all giddy in my knickers.
I proper love gin me but I always end up getting in trouble after a bottle cos it makes me all giddy in my knickers. Little Lever Kerry
  • Score: 5

5:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

mg whites says...

Little Lever Kerry wrote:
I proper love gin me but I always end up getting in trouble after a bottle cos it makes me all giddy in my knickers.
Can I get giddy in your nickers too??
[quote][p][bold]Little Lever Kerry[/bold] wrote: I proper love gin me but I always end up getting in trouble after a bottle cos it makes me all giddy in my knickers.[/p][/quote]Can I get giddy in your nickers too?? mg whites
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Thu 28 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

I used to love going in Varsity.

I don't drink in town any more, I'm too old.

I'm 25.
I used to love going in Varsity. I don't drink in town any more, I'm too old. I'm 25. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 11

10:00pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Cynic_Al_14 says...

A real authentic Victorian style pub....with "Sky Sports and BT Sports to show Premier League football games"
A real authentic Victorian style pub....with "Sky Sports and BT Sports to show Premier League football games" Cynic_Al_14
  • Score: 6

6:39am Fri 29 Aug 14

breightmet kid says...

Here we go again, Bolton Council says that Churchgate area to be an area for eateries. Are they moving the Town Hall with its new fine dining experience, are they moving the Market Place fast food outlets.

And as for a Victorian gin palace, all the Victorians are dead and elderly folk dont go into town at night now.

Oh! they mean its a new fun palace for our student population,
Here we go again, Bolton Council says that Churchgate area to be an area for eateries. Are they moving the Town Hall with its new fine dining experience, are they moving the Market Place fast food outlets. And as for a Victorian gin palace, all the Victorians are dead and elderly folk dont go into town at night now. Oh! they mean its a new fun palace for our student population, breightmet kid
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

Maybe the two Helens can stand in the doorway and give it a right proper feel ( for the right price of course )
Maybe the two Helens can stand in the doorway and give it a right proper feel ( for the right price of course ) Lancashire always
  • Score: 1

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