The Grade II-listed building on Drake Street will be serving food and drinks once again as The Wellington after owners Mike and Sarah Howarth gave the three-storey property a new lease of life, with support from the local council.
More recently, the venue was the Nile nightclub, but the building had been empty for around five years.
The couple, who also run Vicolo Del Vino wine bar in Rochdale town centre and Benjamin’s Italian take away, off Sandy Lane, will initially be serving only drinks on the ground floor with a traditional British menu set to be served by the end of the year.
A function room for weddings and other events set to be completed on the second floor next May with office space for rent on the third floor.
“Rochdale has a got huge potential to be a real destination again and we want to be part of that,” said Howarth. “The council is really pushing the regeneration and have been behind us every step of the way on this latest project.
“I love the fact that we’re at the crossroads of the old and new Rochdale here. On one side we have the reopened river and Rochdale Town Hall on the other we have all the new development, like the Metrolink. Once the new shopping and leisure development is complete, it will be even better.
“The Wellington Hotel was the once the best pub in Rochdale and we want it to be the best pub in Rochdale once again.”