Hereford's Left Bank sold

Hereford Times: Hereford's Left Bank sold Hereford's Left Bank sold

A HEREFORD family is promising to turn one of the city’s most prominent landmarks back to its former glory.

Left Bank was bought earlier this month and the new owners have pledged to revive the fortunes of the riverside venue.

The Lively family, through its Cathedral View Investments business, concluded the purchase and has already begun work on the Bridge Street site.

Left Bank was previously owned by Nottinghambased Bramcote Holdings and was last year placed on the open market with a guide price of £1.25million.

The bar and restaurant complex endured a chequered history after its founder Dr Albert Heijn sold the business in 2007.

It resulted in the venue shutting in 2009 before a second effort to make the business work saw it close suddenly before Christmas the following year.

Left Bank has remained closed ever since but the new owners want to turn the clock back to when the venue first opened in 2000.

Simon Lively, from Cathedral View Investments, said: “Everyone from Hereford has had a lovely experience at the Left Bank.

“It’s an iconic part of the city – when you buy a post card from Wathens you see the Old Bridge, the cathedral and Left Bank.”

Mr Lively said that the first priority is to clean the building – both inside and out – before changes will be made to the interiors.

Eventually, he added, the venue will be marketed and efforts will be made to approach a high quality restaurant to take over the ground floor while firms will be invited to occupy offices on the top two floors.

“We are not frightened of spending money to restore the Left Bank as we want to return it to its former glory,” explained Mr Lively.

“We are a local family who had the opportunity to buy it and want to have it looking great when the weather improves – it’s very exciting for the city.”

The deal includes the main complex and the barns next to the river off Gwynne Street. However, Diego’s Cafe and the other shops on Bridge Street were not included in the sale.

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1:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Herefordboy says...

This can only be good new.Lets hope they can breathe life into a fantastic looking building and local people support it.
This can only be good new.Lets hope they can breathe life into a fantastic looking building and local people support it. Herefordboy
  • Score: 30

1:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Clarkester says...

Turn it back into a Motorbike shop! I liked it best then.
I probably shouldn't let the wife see this comment, we got marred there!!
Turn it back into a Motorbike shop! I liked it best then. I probably shouldn't let the wife see this comment, we got marred there!! Clarkester
  • Score: -3

1:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Good news, I bought a car there when it was Mead and Tomkins as locals will remember.
Good news, I bought a car there when it was Mead and Tomkins as locals will remember. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 5

2:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

B the B says...

it is good news but unfortunately it wont be long before the doom and gloom merchants get on here. What ever good happens they can always find a negative.
I bought a little 2 stroke Honda moped from M&T there, bright yellow, then moved up to Garelli Tiger Cross
it is good news but unfortunately it wont be long before the doom and gloom merchants get on here. What ever good happens they can always find a negative. I bought a little 2 stroke Honda moped from M&T there, bright yellow, then moved up to Garelli Tiger Cross B the B
  • Score: 10

11:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

drjazz says...

Hallelujah!!! This was the best venue in town for "grown ups" a couple of years ago. I hope the relaunch will be a roaring success.
Hallelujah!!! This was the best venue in town for "grown ups" a couple of years ago. I hope the relaunch will be a roaring success. drjazz
  • Score: 24

12:02pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Hereford Voice says...

Joe Lively who also owns Quick Skips I think it is, seems to have purchased the Left Bank. Well good luck to him and I hope they can turn this lovely place back to it's formal glory!
Joe Lively who also owns Quick Skips I think it is, seems to have purchased the Left Bank. Well good luck to him and I hope they can turn this lovely place back to it's formal glory! Hereford Voice
  • Score: 18

12:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

Anyone know what he's gonna do with it?
Hereford has a great river and the frontage really should be used.
I hope this works it's a great place and will open up this lovely part of town for more business as the footfall increases.
Best of luck Mr Liveley.

B the B this is for you.
Well it failed last time, so I can't see how it can possibly turn a profit. Doomed to failure.
Anyone know what he's gonna do with it? Hereford has a great river and the frontage really should be used. I hope this works it's a great place and will open up this lovely part of town for more business as the footfall increases. Best of luck Mr Liveley. B the B this is for you. Well it failed last time, so I can't see how it can possibly turn a profit. Doomed to failure. mizza21
  • Score: 11

2:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Hereford Voice says...

I hope that th re open it as it was previously. Restaurant and bars..
I hope that th re open it as it was previously. Restaurant and bars.. Hereford Voice
  • Score: 17

4:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

B the B says...

Good luck I hope it is also returned back to Restaurant and bar.
The sad thing is Mizza21 your last statement wouldn't surprise me if you did mean it.
Good luck I hope it is also returned back to Restaurant and bar. The sad thing is Mizza21 your last statement wouldn't surprise me if you did mean it. B the B
  • Score: 2

10:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

No B the B. The last statement was solely for your enjoyment.

I truly hope this venue is successful as my house is 2 minutes walk and it would be handy for a cheeky drink and slap up meal and I can't stand seeing a great resource go to waste.
No B the B. The last statement was solely for your enjoyment. I truly hope this venue is successful as my house is 2 minutes walk and it would be handy for a cheeky drink and slap up meal and I can't stand seeing a great resource go to waste. mizza21
  • Score: 7

6:34am Sun 19 Jan 14

B the B says...

I did realise that Mizza21,

I think all are in agreement that its pending return is welcomed.
I did realise that Mizza21, I think all are in agreement that its pending return is welcomed. B the B
  • Score: 7

1:34pm Tue 21 Jan 14

OwenH says...

Great news.
Things seem to be going in the right direction in this country, employment up, growth up and now the Left Bank is sold. All we need now is for Labour to get back into power to ruin it all....
Great news. Things seem to be going in the right direction in this country, employment up, growth up and now the Left Bank is sold. All we need now is for Labour to get back into power to ruin it all.... OwenH
  • Score: 8

11:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

JollyJesterTwo says...

OwenH wrote:
Great news.
Things seem to be going in the right direction in this country, employment up, growth up and now the Left Bank is sold. All we need now is for Labour to get back into power to ruin it all....
Employment up? You gotta be joking! With benefits being cut, people are being forced to take low paid part-time jobs. Many others of working age have no work and no likelihood of benefits so they don't sign on. Many graduates either cannot get jobs in their chosen field and get low paid jobs or are unemployed and living off their parents. Don't believe the government propaganda on jobs, it's a ploy to put interest rates up and further line the silk pockets of the greedy rich minority.
[quote][p][bold]OwenH[/bold] wrote: Great news. Things seem to be going in the right direction in this country, employment up, growth up and now the Left Bank is sold. All we need now is for Labour to get back into power to ruin it all....[/p][/quote]Employment up? You gotta be joking! With benefits being cut, people are being forced to take low paid part-time jobs. Many others of working age have no work and no likelihood of benefits so they don't sign on. Many graduates either cannot get jobs in their chosen field and get low paid jobs or are unemployed and living off their parents. Don't believe the government propaganda on jobs, it's a ploy to put interest rates up and further line the silk pockets of the greedy rich minority. JollyJesterTwo
  • Score: -2

6:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

OwenH says...

Hi JollyJesterTwo
I think you make some good comments here, but they should not cloud the overall good news message. Employment is up, that is a fact. The exact types of jobs are questionable (I take your point about graduates not being able to get into their preferred field) - but the last set of figures did show that the number of full-time jobs were up. I'm not sure that the point you make about benefits being cut forcing people into work is a bad thing - I would have thought that is exactly how IDS wanted the incentives to work. Useful link to the latest ONS figures below:
http://www.ons.gov.u
k/ons/rel/subnationa
l-labour/regional-la
bour-market-statisti
cs/january-2014/stb-
regional-labour-mark
et-january-2014.html

Can you explain the point about interest rates increasing being good for the "greedy rich minority"? I think you are saying if you have money in the bank then it would get a higher return - but an interest rate rise would normally be associated with equity and property prices being lower than they would otherwise have been (all other things being equal) and so it is a bit more complicated than that.
Hi JollyJesterTwo I think you make some good comments here, but they should not cloud the overall good news message. Employment is up, that is a fact. The exact types of jobs are questionable (I take your point about graduates not being able to get into their preferred field) - but the last set of figures did show that the number of full-time jobs were up. I'm not sure that the point you make about benefits being cut forcing people into work is a bad thing - I would have thought that is exactly how IDS wanted the incentives to work. Useful link to the latest ONS figures below: http://www.ons.gov.u k/ons/rel/subnationa l-labour/regional-la bour-market-statisti cs/january-2014/stb- regional-labour-mark et-january-2014.html Can you explain the point about interest rates increasing being good for the "greedy rich minority"? I think you are saying if you have money in the bank then it would get a higher return - but an interest rate rise would normally be associated with equity and property prices being lower than they would otherwise have been (all other things being equal) and so it is a bit more complicated than that. OwenH
  • Score: 1

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