It’s been a very exciting few weeks since we bought The Bull… Actually, we can hardly believe it’s only been a few weeks, because we have been exceptionally busy and a lot is happening! Plus, there is still a small amount of investment opportunity, so if you haven’t already invested, there’s still a chance to do so. Here’s a little update on what’s been going on…
We have now hired a super-talented specialist local interior design team, Design Twenty Five (full profile to follow shortly) to help create concepts and plans for the first phase of development (the downstairs bar, restaurant and lounge areas).
We are REALLY excited to be working with such experienced pub/restaurant designers, who have been responsible for the roll out of a number of the new Ivy restaurants and Côte Brasseries. We are so grateful to Kat and Hannah for mobilising very quickly, creating inspirational initial floorplans and designs.
Having seen their early concepts, which will be developed over the next week or so, we can tell you it is going to look GREAT, whilst embracing the building itself and providing flexible niche spaces for all members of the community – we are convinced the beautiful interiors and ambience will exceed expectations.
HERITAGE AND REFURBISHMENT
Our project management team has met with Surrey County Council’s Historic Buildings Officer, Martin Higgins, and undertook a detailed review of the fabric of the building, including taking a photographic record of some of the key features. The Bull is a Grade II listed building, so we were keen to meet early with Martin to shape and align our refurbishment plans/designs in the most sensitive and appropriate manner.
Martin was extremely helpful and understands the delicate balance between conservation and the needs of a commercial business, so we will now move forward to finalise our design and layout plans ahead of building works. Meetings have also taken place with Tandridge District Council Fire and Building Control.
With our food offering being very important to the success of Enterprising Limpsfield, the kitchen is clearly a very crucial aspect to get right… If you’ve ever been inside the kitchen at The Bull, you’ll know it was functional and turned out some great food, but is constrained by the historic layout.
So, working with one of the country’s leading commercial pub/restaurant kitchen companies, we have come up with some efficient initial plans that will better utilise existing space to its full potential, ensuring a creative and practical kitchen for our new food team.
INVESTMENT STILL OPEN
We now have over 170 investors and have raised over £1.1m! Having reached and exceeded our initial target to buy The Bull’s freehold, investment is still open to anyone who would like to be part of our exciting project and own a little piece of their local pub and the ongoing business.
We will continue to raise funds on a first come first served basis in order to reach our stretch target for refurbishment and business set up. Shares are available on the same terms as before from £500 (£100 for under-30s). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
We will be starting to recruit a new operations team over the next couple of months. We have already had an amazing response and are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to work with us – bar, kitchen, waiting staff – full and part time. This is a fabulous opportunity to get involved in an exciting local project. Email: email@example.com
We aim to be open as soon as we can in the Autumn and will keep you posted on everything we’re up to via the website and social media.
In the meantime, please do get in touch with any business collaboration ideas or if you’re interested in investing.
Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved so far. Although we may appear to be quiet, there’s definitely lots of activity going on under the surface!
Have a great June!
PS Keep your eye out for the new Limpsfield Parish News – featuring two articles on The Bull’s history and one on Enterprising Limpsfield.