Derelict West Bridgford GP surgery transformed into cocktail bar

The Parlour Garden Bar co-managers Connor Newbold, 24, and Mitchell Poyzer, 25,
By Anna Whittaker

A once-derelict doctor’s surgery has been transformed into a garden-themed cocktail bar in a leafy Nottingham suburb.

An application was submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council for a new premises license for The Parlour Garden bar in Bridgford Road, West Bridgford.

Now, a licence for the bar to open to customers from 9am to 12.30am Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 1.30am Friday and Saturday has been granted.

The bar will also be able to serve refreshments, alcohol and play music until 1am on Friday and Saturdays.

But a number of residents, as well as Environmental Health and Nottinghamshire Police Licensing, made representations in response to the application, with some suggesting the bar should close at an earlier time of 11pm.

Mitchell Poyzer, 25, who co-manages the bar with Connor Newbold, 24, said: “The old doctor’s surgery wasn’t used for eight years, so when we took it on it was a derelict building.

“We had a quick turnaround in a couple of weeks, it was a big project.

“We’ve got a big outdoor space with seating for 90 people and indoors we can seat 30 or 40.”

In response to some residents’ concerns over ‘public nuisance’, Mr Poyzer said: “The full licensing went through last week which allows us to run as a normal venue now.

“We are at the end of a residential street so we are cautious not to infringe on that.

“We’ve made sure we are super-conscious it is a residential street and we have put things in place to make sure we don’t get in people’s way.”

Mr Poyzer, who used to work for The Parlour, which has the same owners as The Parlour Garden, said he made the move which came at a “great time”.

He said: “There’s a real buzz around a new venue and on summer days there’s a cool atmosphere.

“After the year we’ve had, people are looking to treat themselves. It’s nice to see people enjoying themselves.”

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