Roll up, roll up! Lincoln amusement bar in former Ruddocks approved

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Developers have been given permission to turn the former Ruddocks arts and crafts store on Lincoln High Street into an amusement-themed bar.

The plans, submitted by Lindum Leisure Limited, for numbers 286 and 287 High Street also include offices on the third and fourth floors of the building.

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Inside the bar, people will find a themed leisure experience, with games and the atmosphere of a Victorian funfair, decoration and dressing that reflects a carousel.

Image submitted in the plans to show the inspiration behind the theme.

The first half of the ground floor would be the main bar area, with tables, chairs and small alcoves.

Beyond the building’s memorable sweeping staircase, would be a games zone, kitchen and plant room. More games areas will be spread across the rest of the ground floor.

The premises have been vacant since the closure of the Ruddocks of Lincoln shop and Henry’s Cafe in 2017. Ruddocks was present at the site for 113 years.

View south along Lincoln High Street, circa 1920. Ruddocks seen on the left. Image submitted as part of the planning application.

Ruddocks of Lincoln

Physical alterations would be minimal due to historical restrictions on the building.

The City of Lincoln Council granted planning permission for the proposals this week, with the stipulation that work must begin within three years.

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