Hull's historic Dram Shop set to reopen after refurbishment

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

One of Hull's most historic pubs is set to reopen in two weeks after an impressive refurbishment.

The Dram Shop, at the junction of George Street and Savile Street, is set to open its doors again following a major refurbishment including new floors, more than a year after the pub closed in February 2016.

The new owners of the pub in the city centre hope to restore it to its former glories and make it a destination in the city for ale and live music.

The iconic round bar and grand ceilings of the pub, built in 1894, remain untouched but developers have spruced up the pub's interior with new flooring, new furnishing, new pool tables and jukebox.

New general manager at the pub, Chris Brown, said they are keen to impress punters with their ales and iconic surroundings.

"I have been a customer before and almost been jealous. I've thought that it would nice to be involved somewhere like this," he said. "It's historic, it's even got tunnels underneath.

"The ceiling, the pillar and the bar-work are all listed so haven't been touched, although we never wanted to change them.

"A big thing has been getting a lot of real ale in, so we're going to have six pumps with five ales on at a time. We want to get a couple of local ales on and also some really good popular ones.

"We are really hungry to be incredibly good at what we do. We just want to try to get this perfect."

The last tenants ran the pub for nine years but it was put up for commercial let by Topham Larard in October 2015.

The pub is being run by co-lease holders Dave Swales and Carl Dickinson, who run the nearby Savile Row café bar.

Mr Brown said: "There just a couple of things to do, like putting a new smart dispenser in from Heineken and sorting out furniture for outside.

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"We want people to see the quality of service here, the quality of the beer. We want it to be perfect and will deliver high customer service.

"We're also going to be having live music on Saturday, and are really going to make a go of it."

Family owned construction group Soper Group have renovated the Grade II listed building after purchasing the lease.

After it was built The Dram Shop operated as a shop selling wine and spirits before becoming a pub in 1960. Traditionally, the term "dram shop" refers to a place where spirits are sold by the dram – a small unit of liquid.

The pub is planned to open on Thursday May 4, with a grand opening on Friday May 5. The pub will be open from 12pm until late seven days a week.

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