St Austells brewery is to spend 1.5 million pounds renovating a derelict 19th century factory on their Exeter site into a new pub-restaurant and microbrewery.
The building which is situation on commercial road was purchased by the brewer from the local council, the brewer is currently undergoing planning that will see the building go through some huge changes, I think for the better because this is a lovely building (pictured) and it would be a shame to see it collapse without ever getting the chance to reach it previous heights. They hope to start building next summer.
The two-storey building dates back to the late 19th century when it was built as a bonded cellar. It has been empty for two years, having previously been used as warehouses, and more recently housing a variety of nightclubs. The ground floor includes a 3,117 square foot main area and 586sq ft unit alongside, which will be transformed into one of St Austell Brewery’s popular pub-restaurants with a small craft beer microbrewery in addition. The first floor will be sub-let and used to create five residential flats.
Adam Luck, estate director for St Austell Brewery, said: “We are delighted to have acquired a new site in this vibrant area of Exeter where there is such a lot of development right now with new venues on The Quay and the recently opened Haven Banks activity centre just across the bridge on the other side of the river.
“This is an historic, waterside building that has been empty for two years and is now completely derelict. We are looking forward to transforming it into a brand new pub and restaurant, bringing a new and exciting venue to the area for people visiting Exeter’s popular Quay to enjoy.”