Excitement over cocktail lounge grand opening

Liam Campbell at Coppers Tea Rooms in the old Leyland Police Station, where a new cocktail lounge is opening upstairs this weekend
Liam Campbell at Coppers Tea Rooms in the old Leyland Police Station, where a new cocktail lounge is opening upstairs this weekend

A cocktail lounge with a difference will open in Leyland town centre this Saturday.

Owners of Coppers Tea Rooms on Golden Hill, the Campbell family, have been working hard to redevelop the rooms upstairs to turn them into cocktail and Champagne bars ready for Christmas.

The building is the town’s old police station, and the space upstairs was used as courtrooms from 1882 to 1891.

The family has been using the rooms as offices since the tea rooms opened nearly two years ago, but have now transformed the area into the town’s newest night-spot.

Tim and Pam Campbell, along with son Liam and daughter Jessica, have aptly named the new bar The Courtrooms, and it will open for the first time at 8pm on Saturday.

Liam (pictured) said: “We’re all very, very excited. There are still a couple of finishing touches left to do, but it’s looking great.

“We’ve kept the original floorboards from when it was a courtroom, as well as the oak panelling and the chandeliers.

“It will be very sophisticated.

“The main cocktail lounge has a solid oak bar and the separate Champagne lounge has a granite worktop.”

At first, there will be around eight cocktails on offer, and the choices will change and develop as the months go by.

The family has been trailing the popularity of its cocktails by hosting ‘Cocktails in Teapots’ nights in the tea rooms each Friday since the summer.

Now, the race is on to get everything finished by the weekend.

“It has been hard work,” Liam admitted. “We’ve been doing 14-hour days to get it all done, because we are really keen to open by Christmas.

“I really hope it has all been worth it.”

The grand opening will include a drink on arrival, and there will be a DJ to entertain the crowds.

Beer is also served for those less inclined to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of Champagne.

In the New Year, the plan is for The Courtrooms to open every Friday and Saturday night, and to be used as a dance and exercise studio or bingo hall during the week.

Anyone is welcome to attend the opening this weekend.