Revitalisation plan includes brewery in a church

The former Church of Scotland in Oban's Argyll Square could become a brewery NO_T08_breweryinchurch

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Three vacant sites in Oban are part of a plan to revitalise the town centre – including opening a brewery in a former church.

Argyll and Bute’s Licensing Board met on Tuesday to consider granting a provisional premises licence to turn an empty shop at 113-115 George Street into Oban Escape Ltd – seven escape rooms with gamers also having the opportunity to buy branded merchandise and whisky.

The board heard it was the same applicant behind Oban Brewery, and also a new craft beer bar and garden centre called Garden Tap.

Oban’s Wellpark Hotel is set to reopen this April as No 17 The Promenade, following a multi-million-pound refurbishment

A report to the board said: ‘This is one of three applications submitted by the same applicant looking to re-vitalise disused properties in Oban town centre. The other two being the proposed Oban Brewery, 28 Argyll Square, and Garden Tap Limited, 29 Lochside Street. Each proposal is at various stages of completion.’

The Garden Tap, by the Black Lynn burn, will offer meals, music and TV sports. It was granted planning permission last month as a modular built shop with a roof terrace.

The church building being proposed as a brewery was used as a pub after being sold by the Church of Scotland and was then taken over by VisitScotland before lying disused for a number of years.

Meanwhile, Oban’s Wellpark Hotel is set to reopen this April as No 17 The Promenade, following a multi-million-pound refurbishment. The three storey  boutique hotel with a capacity for 88 people will have 23 bedrooms. It was bought by hotelier Paul Sloan in 2021.