A NEW Oswestry bar and nightclub, Ro-Loz, is set to open next week as it takes over a well-known establishment in New Street.

Gibson’s, also known in the past year as Frankie’s Nightclub, has changed hands and is set to bring a new entertainment spot to Oswestry starting on Friday, February 16.

Matthew Lee acquired the premises in November 2023, since when he has been working on finding a middle ground between a Wetherspoons and a “more premium place”.

He explained: “It will be in the old Gibson’s, and we have been refurbishing it for the past three months.

“I grew up in Llanymynech and we used to come to Oswestry all the time.

“I live here now, and my kids go to school here too.


“The name is inspired by them as well, Ro-Loz from Ronnie and Lottie.”

Matthew also has a coffee and cocktail and bar in town, The Warren.

He hopes that Ro-Loz will bring good home-cooked food and entertainment to the town that will cater to all age groups.

Matthew added: “We will try to have more home-cooked food, better quality than the out-of-packets stuff.

“On a Friday and Saturday we will still be a nightclub but we will have different events and tributes happening.

“On the last Saturday of every month we have a tribute booked until the end of the year, Robbie Williams, Lewis Capaldi, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Pink.

“We want to reach different audiences so we will also have bingo and things like that – rather than just be a nightclub with just traditional clubbing music.”

Next Friday Ro-Loz will kick off at 9am, with the nightclub starting off later on, and the Robbie Williams tribute on Saturday night.

“The events that we are able to hold here is the reason we wanted the space”, Matthew said, “I like putting on events for people and there is nowhere in Oswestry that does events.”

Now the new owner is awaiting the green light from Shropshire Council for the application for supply of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises.

He added: “We are looking forward to opening now.

“We are waiting [for the application] but it all points to a positive outcome.

“I’ve discussed the opening and all with the police in details, and the conditions they have put on the license we agreed to all.

“We want to make the venue as safe as possible – we want people to come and have a good time.