The Royal Scot, Marple Bridge, was the first pub to be purchased by Stockport based Robinsons Brewery on Wednesday 3rd May 1876, after the Unicorn Inn in 1838, from which the brewery was founded. Originally called The Railway Inn, the Royal Scot has been in the Robinsons’ family for over 143 years and was renamed when it was rebuilt in the 1930s. The community favourite has recently undergone a substantial refurbishment worth almost £150k, which has given the pub a new lease of life.
Colm Sheedy, Licensee of the Royal Scot, said: “The Royal Scot is a lovely pub but it was in need of a bit of love. In recent times it had become quite tired and dated but no longer. The quality and level of investment in the décor has revitalised the whole pub. The style feels contemporary, innovative and fresh… somewhere you really want to visit, have a few drinks and just soak up the atmosphere that you only get in a great British pub. Thanks to the renovation, the pub is now a lot more spacious. The new bar is stunning and is the perfect spot for customers to relax and enjoy drinks such as continental lagers, craft beers, prosecco, premium spirits and, of course, Robinsons ale. We look forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to the newly refurbished Royal Scot.”
The Royal Scot, now fit for a king, boasts a space full of railway-themed charm and character; a nod to the pub’s history. Internal walls have been removed and replaced with clear glazed screens to create a more open-plan area, while the bar has been transformed with new gleaming solid oak. Ebony black and white poppy floral wallpaper blankets the bar’s back-wall, alongside mirrored over bar storage, adding a splash of flare and individuality.
Leafy, blooming hanging baskets drape from the illuminated ceilings, complemented by large palm trees and brand new dark green velour seating and curtains. The walls have also been spruced up with painted paneling and inset palm tree wallpaper; reviving the retro greenery trends that first bloomed in the Sixties, Seventies, and even the Victorian era.
Train carriage dark grey lanterns have been fixed to the walls, and a vintage luggage rack holding a variety of leather books now brings presence and originality to the Royal Scot, together with 1920s vintage gentleman and nature artwork decorating the matte floral walls.
Alan Chapman, Business Development Manager at Robinsons Brewery, commented: “The Royal Scot now boasts some serious individuality. The whole pub has been modernised and offers a more relaxed, unique feel for customers to wind down over a few drinks.”
Parquet herringbone flooring flows throughout the pub, creating a fresh feel against the deeper shades of green, and new seating areas now exist to both sides of the entrance, complete with original beer-barrelled tables, for customers to sit back and relax. The toilets have also benefited from a full renovation, including new tiling, flooring and toilets.
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