A pub in Bristol which was saved from closure by nine local lads has been given a massive boost, after building owner Admiral Taverns set aside a six-figure sum for its renovation.
In May 2021 The Lifeboat Inn, in Shirehampton, was leased to a group of lifelong friends who have been regulars of the pub for decades, after it had been on the market for several months.
Jonny Golder Jnr, John Golder, Martin Ackerman, Bob Hone, Chris Jakeways, George Ralph, Paul Clarke, Julian Stevens and Jerry Male decided to take charge of the pub at a time when locals worried that it could be closed permanently.
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Initially the group had planned to reopen the new-look pub at the end of June, but the grand relaunch has now been pushed back to September, with Admiral taking over the renovations.
Martin Ackerman told Bristol Live: “It’s all good news. We’re going to have a truly transformed building which I think will surprise local people.
“It’s going to be modern but it’s going to still maintain the character that the pub’s known for.” The Lifeboat was only a few weeks away from opening when Admiral stepped in to help out, after seeing the excitement and publicity surrounding the pub.
And their involvement means the revamped local promises to be even better than the nine local lads had first hoped.
The upstairs accommodation will now be renovated, which they couldn’t have afforded before, while the design and furnishing will also be upgraded to a higher level than they had planned.
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Martin said that although there were initially some nerves around Admiral’s involvement, they have been great to work with.
“I can’t really praise them enough. They’ve come in, they’ve listened to exactly what the nine of us wanted to do and we’ve walked them through our vision and they’ve really bought into it,” he added.
The Lifeboat in Shirehampton has been taken on by nine local lads. Pictured: Paul Clarke, Martin Ackerman, Jon Golder and George Ralph
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And, he said, it’s slightly strange seeing the plans to upgrade their local boozer to such a high standard come to fruition.
The community has been very supportive of their project, he added, and they have been asked about the pub often.
Martin said: “I suppose you kind of don’t really notice when a pub’s going downhill if you go in the all the time.
“For people who haven’t been in there since it closed, when they come in at the end of September it will be a massive shock to them – but hopefully a good shock obviously!”
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