A FAMILY who launched their first bar along an up-and-coming high street said that the decision has proved better than they ever imagined.

Long discussing the idea of opening their own wine and cocktail bar, the Crawshaw family felt that Elliott Street was the perfect place for 'Cellar Five' as Tyldesley's high street has been on somewhat of a transformation in recent years.

This transformation is largely down to the drive of local residents within the 'For Tyldesley' community group, with Cellar Five one of the businesses that have benefitted from the £1.5m Historic England fund to restore shop fronts along the high street.

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Leigh Journal: The bar has benefitted from the Heritage Action Zone fundingThe bar has benefitted from the Heritage Action Zone funding (Image: Leigh Journal)
With the 'Heritage Action Zone' project also reviving the look of businesses such as Mayhap Coffee, Pen to Paper, Davina Pharmacy, and the Action Station charity, opinions have begun to change about Tyldesley's high street and more residents seem happy to spend and stay local.

As a handful of trendy bars such as Hop & Hazlewood and Roots & Chalice have also gained a popular reputation along Elliott Street, this has helped to further boost the town's nightlife and turn even more people onto Cellar Five as an upmarket wine and cocktail bar.

Leigh Journal: Darren and Joanne with their sons Sam, Max and Leo, and bar staff member Abi HedgecockDarren and Joanne with their sons Sam, Max and Leo, and bar staff member Abi Hedgecock (Image: Joanne Crawshaw)
Joanne, who opened Cellar Five with her husband Darren and sons Sam, Max, and Leo, said: "We can't believe that it's been six months, to be honest, but it's been better than we ever imagined.

"Business has been really good and we have already attracted a lot of regular customers, with people seeming to absolutely love our bar and cocktails.

"We try to create a welcoming atmosphere so I think people like the family feel of the place where anyone can come in and chat to us behind the bar."

Leigh Journal: The newly decorated beer garden at Cellar FiveThe newly decorated beer garden at Cellar Five (Image: Joanne Crawshaw)
With a variety of independent businesses flourishing along the high street, Joanne agreed that Tyldesley is developing an "up and coming" reputation where people want to visit and try the different venues.

And while the bar has benefitted from the shop front scheme within Tyldesley's Heritage Action Zone, the family has also developed the look of the bar by placing decorative rails outside and creating a new beer garden.

With plans to further develop the beer garden with a canopy and outside heating, the space has also been brightened up by local artist Tracey Bowers from her 'Doodle On Anything' business, while the family aims to continue developing the bar's growing reputation.

Leigh Journal: Tracey Bowers' artwork at the back of Cellar FiveTracey Bowers' artwork at the back of Cellar Five (Image: Joanne Crawshaw)