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Kerching! Dine out inside old bank safe at new bar The Counting House

The need to offer something new and exciting to get punters through the door is getting harder for Cleethorpes bars and restaurants, with more and more inventive venues coming up with fresh new ideas.

Kerching! Dine out inside old bank safe at new bar The Counting House

But the resort's newest bar, The Counting House, may well have cracked the code with this unique way to treat VIP guests.

The quirky bar and restaurant, which is currently being transformed from a HSBC bank, in Sea View Street, will be jazzing-up the bank's giant safe - used to store millions of pounds worth of cash - into a VIP booth.

It's just one example of how The Oak Ridge Group, the company the company behind the transformation, plan to use the historic building's original period features to their advantage, in a bid to make the bar one the resort's hottest venues.

As reported, The Counting House could be open by the end of July, after project managers in charge of the huge task of revamping the bank, revealed that the renovation will be completed in six to eight weeks.

Oak Ridge Group operations director, Richard Matthews, has explained how he envisages the venue looking upon completion.

He said: "The central bar will be towards the right as you walk in and we will have seating all around the outside.

"It's based on a city centre concept where you can dine at the bar, so if you're a businessman or a lone diner, you can have a chat with the bar staff.

"That will create a really good atmosphere.

"We will be serving top end beers and bespoke cocktails. We want it to have a vintage and traditional look."

Richard went on to reveal how The Counting House will stage entertainment for drinkers and diners to enjoy, but kept his cards close to his chest with the company's plans on how to entertain customers.

As part of a huge £250,000 make-over, designers have ensured they keep in tact the building's existing period features, such as original marble flooring, oak skirting boards and decorative ceiling fixtures.

Lead designer, Richard, promised that the bar will offer a unique drinking and dining experience and has predicted that the bar will be "rammed" when it officially opens in just a matter of weeks.

Oak Ridge Group managing director, Ashley Lidgard, said: "We wanted to keep to achieve a theme that matches the building. It's a bar that should have personality and somewhere interesting that keeps the guests interested.

"It's given us the opportunity to offer a product of originality."

"We are in a great place. Sea View Street trades all day."

The company were granted planning permission by North East Lincolnshire Council several weeks ago and 20 new staff members will be recruiting ahead of opening day, and bosses have already begun their recruitment drive.

The new restaurant will have the capacity for between 70 to 80 diners at a time, as well as bar facilities, and will serve food from brunch right through to dinner.

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