Pinto opened in November 2010 in what had previously been a photography studio. It meant that internally the space was subdivided into lots of small rooms and at first it was bloomin’ difficult to appreciate its size and scale. However, following some good old Loungers sledgehammer action, we’ve been able to reveal a very spacious and offbeat space. Pinto comprises of a typical Victorian shop unit to the front and a surprisingly large room with very high ceilings to the rear. With 80 covers internally and a further 30 in the courtyard terrace to the rear she’s a bit of a Tardis!
Whilst stripping-out the unit we uncovered some old Victorian tiles to the wall which is now our back bar. Suffice to say we opted to keep the tiles and after some good old fashioned elbow grease and general TLC they came up a right treat. On the opening night a chap came in and told us that his father used to work in the building when it was a butchers many moons ago (hence the tiles).