Fresh life for Cheltenham's historic fire station

It's been closed for just under six months, but Cheltenham's iconic former fire station has a new owner - with details set to be revealed very soon.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
The Fire Station in Cheltenham could soon be reopening.

Fresh investment is set to be reinjected into Cheltenham's historic fire station, with an offer accepted on the property and completion expected any day.

Popular for its bottomless brunches, as well as live music nights, The Fire Station's closure in June 2022 was met with dismay from its legions of fans.

The bar and restaurant in St James' Square, which kept the character of the town's former fire station, suddenly closed its doors shortly after launching a 180 Club interactive darts concept.

The new owner is yet to be revealed, but the leisure advisor managing the transaction typically deals with upmarket food and beverage businesses, including restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and delis.

Cheltenham Borough Council cabinet member for economic development, culture, tourism and wellbeing, Max Wilkinson, said: 'The Fire Station is a real hidden gem. I’ve always enjoyed visiting and I look forward to hearing more about this development. 

'We’ve been working hard on our two-pronged approach to empty premises in the town centre and will report back on our findings in due course, while taking enforcement action against untidy empty premises when we can. 

'In the meantime, I’m always delighted to hear about new businesses investing in Cheltenham, particularly when they bring heritage buildings such as The Fire Station back to life. This proves our town remains a great place to invest, despite the wider economic turbulence.'

The venue originally served as Cheltenham's fire station almost 120 years ago and is a neighbour to the popular Steamhouse bagel shop housed in the town's Crescent Bakery building, founded in 1900.

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