Red Fox and Peacock, formerly known as Lytham Hospitality Group, is to open its first freehold site later this month, a new bar, restaurant and live entertainment venue called Lytham House.
The new venture is the latest addition to a portfolio which includes The Queens Hotel, Lytham; The Eagle at Weeton; The Ship at Freckleton; The Elephant Pub and Bakehouse, Woolton, and The Liberty Tavern, Woolton. It is the group’s first venture into town centre bars and restaurants.
The company said £1m has been invested in transforming the former Italian restaurant into a large “relaxed botanical and opulent space”.
The venue will hold 650 people with a private dining room for 30 and another private room with capacity for 14 guests. For meetings, the rooms will each have their own flat screen TV, fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, connection points for visual and audio presentations, as well as a dedicated Ipad and privately controlled music system.
Owner Ross Robisnon said: “Lytham House will be unlike anything else in the area….the only place where you can enjoy brunch, lunch, coffee and a selection of small or large plates in the daytime, and cocktails, dinner and live entertainment into the evening. It will also offer residents and local businesses space for celebrations, business meetings, dining, and Christmas parties.
“With the shutdown, refurbishing the site took longer than planned. However, we are lucky in that our original design was quite socially distanced. We’re also going to add a takeaway service as an additional income stream once we’re established. During lockdown we introduced a takeaway service at our other pubs, which we got down to a fine art, cooking 500 Sunday roasts for collection each week.”
He added: “Lytham in my opinion is also likely to be affected less than other parts of the country. With people staycationing, I think Lytham may be more attractive to tourists and in fact become busier. Increasing numbers of people are also looking to move out of the big cities and Lytham and the Fylde Coast has lots to offer.
“We have some great businesses and restaurants in the town who are ready to adapt to the new environment and challenges. Also, Fylde Borough County Council are proving to be enterprising – keen to get businesses back up and running. So all in all, we have much to be positive about across the Fylde.”