Couple who bought former Stonehouse pub at auction want to turn it in to yoga studio and art gallery

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A Plymouth couple want to breathe new life into a closed-down Stonehouse boozer after buying it post-auction.

The Royal Adelaide Arms went under the hammer last month, but getting cold feet on the day, Matt Thomas and Nic Sharpe had a change of heart afterwards and decided to snap up the neglected property.

Now the pair have revealed their big plans for the pub, on the corner of Adelaide Street and Battery Street.

As Matt, 49, is a visual artist and his partner Nic, 45, is a yoga teacher, the couple have decided to combine the two to create something unique for the area.

“It is a dream of Nic’s to have her own space,” said Matt, who studied fine art at the University of Plymouth. “This is a good time for arts and culture in Plymouth, and rather than turning this building into flats, it seems much more appropriate to do this.”

Matt Thomas and Nic Sharpe at the former pub the Royal Adelaide Arms

As well as being a yoga studio for Nic’s classes, the couple want to run art workshops and host exhibitions from the quirky space for the whole community to enjoy.

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