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30 August 2019

Work starts this week on a £750,000 refurbishment of The Roscoe Arms on Renshaw Street making a significant addition to the area’s regeneration. The eleven-week project is being undertaken by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and Liverpool pub group Old Rope Walks Ltd, operators of iconic pubs such as The Dovedale Towers, The Lodge, Newington Temple and the Lion Tavern.

The investment will transform the tired local with a stunning new design inspired by William Roscoe’s poem ‘The Butterfly’s Ball, and the Grasshopper’s Feast’, renaming it ‘The Butterfly & The Grasshopper’ in homage to the notable Liverpudlian benefactor. The revamp will give the pub a European feel, with Art Deco and Art Noveau features and extend it over three floors to include a stylish ground-floor bar and dining area, a top-floor gin and cocktail bar open to the elements and wow-factor toilets.

The Butterfly & The Grasshopper will serve an extensive and carefully selected drinks range spanning spirits and cocktails; premium beers; wines and natural wines, and barista-quality coffee. The menu will have a British and Parisian flavour with steak and moules frites as signature dishes.  

The pub is scheduled to reopen in mid-November, creating 15 new jobs.

Says Old Rope Walks director Mike Girling: “I discovered the poem ‘The Butterfly’s Ball, and The Grasshopper’s Feast’ many years ago; it’s beautiful, and I’ve wanted to celebrate it in a pub or bar ever since. This is the perfect opportunity because of the connection with William Roscoe. The renaissance of this part of the city is not before time, and it’s fantastic to be able to contribute to it.”

Comments Star Pubs & Bars area manager Phil McWilliam: “Mike is well-known in the city for his brilliant pubs and bars, and we’re delighted to be working with him on his new venture. The Butterfly & The Grasshopper will bring another unique and distinctive venue to Liverpool. The plans are very exciting and the finish and attention to detail are second-to-none.”

The refurbishment of The Roscoe Arms is a part of Star Pubs & Bars’ £50 million nationwide investment in pubs and bars in 2019.