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Boutique hotel plan for historic Oldham hostelry

An historic hostelry dating back to the early 1800s will return to Oldham’s Independent Quarter nearly a decade after it last closed its doors.

The Grapes Hotel is being restored to its former glory by businessman Guy Barlow, who plans to transform the property into a hotel, bar and business meeting place as part of a wider regeneration of the Yorkshire Street area by Oldham Council.

Work includes clearing the garden for use as a beer garden and restoring original features such as stained glass windows from the top floor and reintroducing them in the ground floor bistro pub. Meanwhile, the top two floors will become an 11-bedroom boutique hotel.

Barlow says: “Our plans for the pub tie in with the council’s ethos for the Independent Quarter – we want to offer something different that can link with other businesses in the area.

“We don’t want the Grapes to be just another bar or pub we want it to be the kind of place that people can hold business lunches in or where solicitors can meet their clients, for example.

“We fully support what the council is doing with the Independent Quarter and schemes like the ODEON cinema in the Old Town Hall show that they are investing in the future of Oldham and helping it’s economy grow.”