New concept bar aims to pull in the crowds

Mark Dobbin, of Sintons LLP; Harry Vaulkhard, Vaulkhard Group; Mike Cross, NatWest; and Ollie Vaulkhard, Vaulkhard Group, at the ground floor bar in Bealim House
Mark Dobbin, of Sintons LLP; Harry Vaulkhard, Vaulkhard Group; Mike Cross, NatWest; and Ollie Vaulkhard, Vaulkhard Group, at the ground floor bar in Bealim House

A former print works is hoping to pull in the crowds when it begins a new lease of life as a bar.

Bealim House, home to Newcastle’s only working in-house gin still, will be open to the public from early September.

Set on the site that was formerly Fluid Bar and Kitchen, the bar will reveal its new look following an extensive £590,000 redevelopment by leisure company Vaulkhard Group.

Bealim House pays homage to what was formerly Bealim Print Works for more than 100 years – a move which has lent itself to the inspiration of the design.

Director Ollie Vaulkhard said: “With such a magnificent building and history in Gallowgate, we wanted to honour that history throughout the design of the bar.

“The theme includes printing blocks and historical printing memorabilia along with some amazing original features we discovered as we stripped it all back.

“We are delighted with how the venue has turned out and look forward to welcoming customers through the doors.”

Bealim House, which spans over two-floors, incorporates antique leather seats, vintage tiles, varnished brick walls and an open-plan kitchen on the first floor serving bar tapas, sharing platters and a unique twist on classic bar food.

The refurbishment formed the first of Vaulkhard Group’s £4m development plans across several of its city centre bars over the next three years, and the six-figure investment for Bealim House was supported by NatWest and Sintons.

Relationship director for NatWest, Mike Cross, said: “The team at Vaulkhard Group have a strong history of creating leisure establishments that thrive and they ensure these businesses develop as the sector changes.

“The Group’s directors have a clear focus on their long-term business aspirations and I wish them every success for the future.”

Mark Dobbin, head of real estate at Sintons, added: “We have been advisor to the Vaulkhard family for many years.

“This refurbishment is the first of many exciting projects being undertaken by the Vaulkhard Group and I am confident this will lead to further success for the business.”