Expansion deal for Scunthorpe's Blue Bell Inn completed by JD Wetherspoon

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Aug 2017

After eight months of negotiations, pub operators J.D Wetherspoon have finally completed the purchase of two empty properties alongside the Blue Bell Inn on Oswald Road, Scunthorpe.

Contractors moved in on Wednesday (August 2) to secure the properties ready for the work to start on extending the Bell.

JD Wetherspoon company spokesman Eddie Gershon said the next stage would be to apply to North Lincolnshire Council for planning and licensing approval.

Wetherspoon bosses decided to expand The Bell, which was opened in August 1999 at a cost of £1.1 million, after customers complained about the lack of drinking and dining space.

The expansion project is set to include increasing the size of the pub's beer garden, as well as making the drinking and dining areas bigger.

But the property deal does not include the former Buccaneer Restaurant, which has stood derelict for 10 years.

The restaurant was opened in 1961 by the late Scunthorpe publican Frank Barlow but was later sold to the present owners, the Mappouras family.

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