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Brooke’s Bar and Bistro open for business

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The new bar and bistro at Dudley Town Hall is now open for business, with bookings being taken for the opening weekend.

Councillor Sue Greenaway, the Mayor of Dudley, cut the ribbon at Brooke’s Bar and Bistro this morning before the new attraction welcomed its first guests.

She was joined by Councillor Steve Clark, deputy leader of the council, and Colin Knipe, of the Brooke Robinson Trust.

Customers are being offered 20 per cent off lunchtime food and drink between 11.30am and 5pm from Thursday to Sunday.

To view the menu or to book a table, go to

Councillor Sue Greenaway, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

As first citizen of the borough I am honoured to be opening Brooke’s Bar and Bistro today.
It’s wonderful to see a building with a rich past and history being brought back to life.
Today, in what was an open courtroom years ago, I am excited to see a thriving bar and restaurant.
It will be a great addition for town hall customers but also a great addition for the town centre, which I hope our residents will enjoy.

Councillor Steve Clark, deputy leader of the council, said:

I am delighted and excited to see this historic building brought back to life, and to such a high standard.
Now we have a stand-out bistro to support our ever-growing and popular entertainment venue that is Dudley Town Hall – and the great news is that it is also open to the general public.
We have ambitious plans in Dudley, and work has already started on realising these aspirations with an ambitious £1bn investment programme.
Enhancing our entertainment venue and commercial offer supports our very ambitious plans for Dudley.

Colin Knipe, from the Brooke Robinson Trust, said:

I am delighted it has been named after the generous benefactor and Member of Parliament, Brooke Robinson.
He was a Dudley man through and through who was passionately involved in the local community.
These premises would not exist were it not for the remarkable generosity of Brooke Robinson.
It’s wonderful the town has chosen to honour Brooke’s memory by naming this fabulous new venue after him.

The bistro will be open from 11.30am to 11pm Tuesday to Saturday – with last food orders at 9pm – and from 11.30am to 9pm on Sunday (last food orders 7pm).

It has been named in honour of Brooke Robinson, a former MP and coroner for Dudley who was an avid collector of paintings and artefacts from around the world.  

On his death in 1911 he left a large sum of money to create the Brooke Robinson Museum to house his vast collection.

His widow and The Brooke Robinson Board of Trustees agreed the money should be used to build a new town hall and coroner’s court with the Brooke Robinson Museum included. Dudley Town Hall opened in 1928 and the Brooke Robinson Museum in 1931.

Brooke’s Bar and Bistro will be accessed off Priory Street using the Memorial Tower entrance.

The Brooke Robinson collection was moved into Dudley Museum and Art Gallery in 1979 and is now housed on the first floor at Himley Hall and will be available to view in the coming weeks.

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