New lease of life for well-known Wolverhampton pub

Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 21.39.48One of Wolverhampton’s most well-known pubs, The Island House, has been transformed into a new restaurant and bar after securing funding from NatWest.

The building, which sat derelict for nearly a decade, has undergone a £1m renovation, with financial support from its landlord; the occupier, A and F Catering; and NatWest. NatWest is contributing £140,000 of the total figure.

Already operating as a fish and chip shop since late 2016, The Island House will now also include a new bar and grill. Planning permission has been secured to install an ice cream parlour in the future.

The scheme, which hopes to bring life back to the surrounding area, will create at least 10 local jobs. Its new private dining area will help diversify the business even further, by doubling up as a meeting facility for local companies.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Andrew Calleja, the owner of A and F Catering, is an award-winning businessman in the food industry. He previously owned and managed a number of successful local companies, including The Newbridge Fryer in Tettenhall.

Andrew said: “There’s a huge opportunity to do something more with The Island House – an iconic building in the local area. I want to create a full dining experience for everyone to enjoy; whether it’s taking home fish and chips from the takeaway, or trying other menu options at the restaurant.

“NatWest’s support has been crucial in helping me turn that ambition into reality. With further plans in the offing, there’s still more to come from The Island House.”

Zoe Bament, Relationship Manager at NatWest, Wolverhampton, added: “Andrew has an ambitious vision for the future of one of the city’s oldest and best-known pubs. With a strong background in the industry and a wealth of experience, we’re proud to support Andrew in bringing the building back into use – to the benefit of the entire local community.”

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