Saying ‘Cheers’ in style!

Style Council is a new bar in Middlesbrough. Pictured is owner Gareth Paylor (right) with Gary Wells of Wells Solutions who have done most of the refurbishment. Pic by Doug Moody.

Paul Weller music fan Gareth Paylor is confident Teesside’s newest micro bar, The Style Council, will be a big hit with lovers of gin and craft beers.

Walls came tumbling down when Gareth brought in the expertise of local firm Wells Solutions to breathe new life into the former vape shop.

Designed in what owner Gareth describes as “rustic retro”, exposed brickwork, copper tables, wooden wagon wheels-turned-lamp shades and beer barrels make the Style Council a cool place to hang out.

And sitting just yards away from the impressively refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall, the century-old former townhouse is in the perfect spot for pre or post-concert drinks.

Concert-goers and boozers alike are sure to love the choice of 45 different brands of gin, well-stocked fridges and a range of popular lagers, beers and ciders on tap including Staropramen, Rekordilig, Coors, Guinness, Wolf Rock and Blue Moon.

And the Style Council will naturally be home to plenty of music, though Gareth promises sounds like Oasis, the Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and the Charlatans, along with tunes from Mod Father Weller.

“I’m a massive fan of all that Paul Weller has done, so the bar’s name is obviously a nod to him,” said Gareth. “I’ve seen him about a dozen times now. Whenever he’s in concert, we’re there.

“But we’ll be putting on a range of live acts, while my wife has plans for burlesque and Peaky Blinders theme nights, so there’ll be something for everyone.

“As we’re right next to the Town Hall, we’re hoping to attract plenty of music fans.

We’ve got one of the biggest selections of gins anywhere on Teesside but the place looks fabulous too.”

And Gareth, who previously worked for 17 years with waste management experts Biffa, says credit for the Style Council’s pop star looks is down to the creative work of Wells Solutions.

Electrical, mechanical and commercial refurbishment specialists, Wells service clients across the North-East and throughout the full length of the UK from their base in Stockton’s Fusion Hive.

But it’s here on Teesside where managing director Garry Wells says he and his team of 18 staff most enjoy tackling commercial refurbishment of all sizes – from business start-ups to household names.

Having recently converted Middlesbrough’s Reed House into student apartments, the family-run firm also won work on referral to refurbish a beauty salon, hairdressers and supermarket.

“We’ve done everything from large offices to warehouse refurbs but this one proved a real challenge due to a few unforeseen planning delays.

“It’s been stripped right back and built back up but it now looks fantastic. I can’t wait to enjoy a few pints there!”