Regeneration Restaurants, Bars & Cafes

Top team appointed for restaurant, bar and bistro at new Hoylake arts village

By Paul Johnston at

One of the team behind the hugely successful Camp and Furnace venue in Liverpool will curate the food and drink venues at the new Beacon Arts Village in Hoylake.

Steven Burgess from Lucky Penny Consultants will project manage the creation and development of the offer, together with his partner Josh Moore. The pair recently opened Abditory in Liverpool city centre and also launched the Love Lane Brewery in 2017.

The project to convert the former Hoylake Town Hall into a two-screen cinema and 18 creative studio and retail spaces for artists and makers started at the end of 2019, part-funded by the government’s Coastal Community Fund.

The new £3.64m visitor destination, being developed by the building’s owner, Hylgar Properties alongside Community Interest Company Hoylake Village Life, will also feature a restaurant, a bar and a café bistro in the building’s central courtyard.

L-R: Josh Moore, Steven Burgess and Abbie Miller from Lucky Penny Consultants

Steven said: “Hoylake is a hidden gem, a town with so much potential, and we are determined to deliver something very special with real quality that will help lift the high street.

“We are delighted to be part of the vision for The Beacon which has the potential to be transformational for Hoylake and indeed West Wirral for generations to come.

“This is so much more than a commercial project because it is a community driven scheme with real purpose and the passion of those involved really shines through, which we love.

“We have some great ideas for each of the outlets, each offering something different, but with food being the leader: style, substance and sustainability.”

The different elements of the Beacon Arts Village

The team say the ambition for the restaurant is to “raise the bar in West Wirral: to be innovative, exciting and unique, with a healthy dose of surprise to make it an experiential destination”.

Their ambition is for the atrium café to appeal to all generations, at different times of day, and they want the bar to have a “very cool, quirky, independent pub vibe”.

David Burke of Hylgar Properties, said: “We are extremely excited to announce Lucky Penny as our partners. They are acknowledged experts in their field and a very exciting company to work with. They bring a huge wealth of expertise and will join up the critical dots between our ambition and the delivery.

“They fully understand that this project is not about regeneration, but about revival and, necessarily, re-imagining a high street. They share our vision in ensuring that what we create will be sustainable, have impact and be a great addition to the area.

“We have no doubt that the food will be fabulous and that we are bringing something to Wirral that currently doesn’t exist which will really excite everyone who visits.

“We want to bring a really exciting venue under one roof, with different food and beverage offerings to complement the cinema.”

Work under way inside the building

The first phase of works on the 1898 building includes internal and external demolitions and construction, including new roofing. Phase two of the project is planned by spring 2020 when the building will be fitted out.

Later, in addition to the 18 retail units, upper floors of the development will provide 40 apartments, using private funding.

The project will create more than 140 jobs during design, construction and operation, and is set to open to the public by the end of 2020.

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