'Proper pub everyone wants on their doorstep' reopens after £190K transformation

Outside refurbished and extended Ring O'Bells pub in West Kirby
-Credit: (Image: Andrew AB Photography)


A pub has reopened with a new look and expansion after a £190,000 investment.

The Ring O Bells in West Kirby, Wirral, now aims to be a “proper pub that everyone wishes they had on their doorstep”. Bathgate Business Finance supported local pub group Stange & Co's £190,000 expansion of the pub.

The Village Road venue was bought by the group in January 2020, becoming its ninth pub. Now it has a brand new kitchen, thanks to the revamp and new garden room extension.

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Dan McLennan, managing director at Stange & Co, said: “To fit out a kitchen in a large venue like the Ring O Bells we needed funding that was quicker turnaround, and more flexible. We didn’t want to sit on lots of money.

"We have worked with Gordon and Esther from Bathgate since 2016 now, and they have a deep understanding of our pubs and our business, so we didn’t hesitate to turn to them to help us find a solution for the Ring O Bells. As well as the personal relationship, we also know that Bathgate can find those more flexible solutions, which was exactly what we were looking for."

The deal took just less than two weeks to secure and pay out, and the Ring O Bells was able to open with its fully fitted-out kitchen, within six weeks of the deal. Esther Rigby, BDM from Bathgate Business Finance, said: “Having worked with Dan and the team at Stange & Co for more than eight years now, we really do have an understanding and passion for their business, so it was a pleasure to be able to help them secure finance for their latest venture.

Gordon Andrews, managing director of Bathgate Business Finance, Dan McLennan, managing director at Stange & Co and Esther Rigby from Bathgate Business outside refurbished and extended Ring O'Bells pub in West Kirby
Gordon Andrews, managing director of Bathgate Business Finance, Dan McLennan, managing director at Stange & Co and Esther Rigby from Bathgate Business inside Ring O'Bells pub -Credit:Andrew AB Photography

"The fact that the Ring O Bells is just around the corner from our own offices, and already having a great positive impact on our local community, is an added bonus. It is fantastic to see the pub thriving and a great honour to be able to visit and raise a glass to Dan and all his team. We’re looking forward to continuing to watch the group expand further, and offer our support wherever we can."

Dan added: "We are always looking out for new pubs, in the right communities where we know we can make them a success. When we do find the next one, I am sure I’ll be back to Bathgate to help us again.

"The deal is a further demonstration of Bathgate’s award-winning support for SMEs and its commitment to service excellence. In September 2023 it was named winner in two categories at the prestigious NACFB Commercial Broker Awards 2023 - the SME Champion and Service Excellence award - and in October 2023 won Professional Services Business of the Year at the Merseyside Independent Business Awards (MIBS)."

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