Isle of Man Premier Hospitality

The Courthouse

The Courthouse, Douglas, the Isle of Man
Written by Roma Publications

The Courthouse, Douglas, the Isle of Man

Situated on Athol Street, in the financial district of Douglas, in the Isle of Man, The Courthouse is a bar, restaurant and club, providing guests with all round entertainment.

The Courthouse is open seven days a week – with the club open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays – and serves up classic British dishes, flamboyant cocktails and the finest hospitality.

The Courthouse is housed within a Grade II Listed building formerly home to a courthouse – hence the name – which was painstakingly refurbished to create a truly remarkable venue. However, more recently the venue has been given a makeover to refresh the offering for guests.

Interior design practice Rumana Swinton Design was responsible for the refurbishment project and tasked with creating a truly eye-catching interior. The result is both elegant and enticing and introduces a dazzling lighting scheme – The Courthouse sets the standards for hospitality venues.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Rumana Swinton said:

“Having been involved with the original design of the Courthouse I was delighted to come back on board and take up the challenge of creating a fresh distinctive concept and design which would be as effective and have as much impact as the original design scheme. The design centred on an urban aesthetic, taking direct influence from commercial spaces such as Charles De Gaul Airport and the clever use of wood cladding within the terminals.

The Courthouse, Douglas, the Isle of Man

“Being involved was fantastic, because once you have had a hand in the design of a site you are more than happy to return knowing you have the full backing of the management team for your design concepts. On this project it was important for me to create a venue which would cater for the next generation of Courthouse clientele, bringing back a sophisticated glamour to the venue. I was keen for the design to feel established within its surroundings and to be a truly distinctive unique interior which would reflect the Courthouse’s status as the Islands premier venue. Working alongside skilled craftsmen we were able to turn the design vision into reality.”

Between the bar and restaurant, The Courthouse is capable of catering for up to 350 guests. The venue’s menu is divided into two, with the first providing guests with a collection of meats and cheeses sourced from the best artisan producers across the UK and Europe, and the second side showcasing good old fashioned British dishes.

For those looking for a late night entertainment experience, The Courthouse Club is sure to tick all the boxes. The club at The Courthouse is situated underneath the bar and showcases a range of drinks, the best music and of course exceptional service.

The Courthouse Club is available for private hire throughout the week, but on the weekend it truly comes alive with a hip hop, dance and R&B night on a Friday and a club night on a Saturday. In addition the club includes a private VIP lounge, capable of housing 40 guests.

Commenting on the importance of the project, Rumana, said:

“The Courthouse is the premier bar and club on the island and since completing the project the feedback has been great.”

For more information about The Courthouse, please visit:

The Courthouse, Douglas, the Isle of Man


JS CCES is a planner and electrical contractor, specialising in commercial electrical and commercial catering service repair and install projects. The company is owned and operated by James Spriggs who has been working in the industry for the past 17 years.

James has worked on a range of schemes over the years, starting in domestic projects before moving across to commercial and industrial works, which includes working with clients such as Costa Coffee. More recently, James has been involved with the electrical works on The Courthouse.

James said:

“I worked with designer Rumana from the start of the Courthouse project. I listened to what Rumana had come up with in her design and then I looked at how to approach this from a practical point of view. There are quite a lot of different ways to light a building like The Courthouse, so the key thing is to apply this the best way possible.”

James added:

“To be working on such a large project has been fantastic.”

James takes pride in all his work and strives to provide customer satisfaction with every job that he takes on.

James said:

“I believe that you must listen to your customer and then provide them with the best options. Each customer has their own needs, so I always ensure that I meet these needs every time.”

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