Preston Grasshoppers’ £50,000 bar refurbishment is complete

Posted on - 20th January, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston News, Pubs, Redevelopment, Sport, What's On in Preston
Preston Grasshoppers The 1869 Bar exterior
The bar has a new glass fronted entrance, designed to make it more accessible and welcoming

A £50,000 refurbishment of the clubhouse bar at Preston Grasshoppers is complete.


The former Wainwright Bar has been completely revamped and rebranded as The 1869 Bar, named after the year the rugby union club was founded.

The project at the rugby club in Lightfoot Lane aimed to create a modern, stylish venue that would appeal to people living locally as well as Hoppers club members and their visitors.

The 1869 Bar, which is now open, has a new glass-fronted entrance, comfortable seating, updated colour scheme and lighting, and a distinctive bar area.

Preston Grasshoppers The 1869 Bar interior
The revamp has cost £50,000

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The design team at Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) worked on the project at the Fulwood-based rugby club.

David Simmons, associate partner and interior designer at FWP, which has its headquarters in Preston, said: “Our remit was to deliver a design that would encourage greater use of the bar, both by members and local people, and not just on match days but throughout the week.

“The project represents a major investment by the rugby club and will play a key part in its strategy to expand the use of its clubhouse.

“As a Preston-based company we were delighted to be appointed to this project for Hoppers, one of the city’s best-loved sporting venues and a club with a fantastic history and place in the community.”

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