Plymouth’s exciting new ‘Staycation-inspired’ restaurant and bar will open to the public next week, but you can take a peek inside the venue ahead of the big launch.
The Club House team transformed the empty Brewhouse building into the perfect nautical themed venue for Ocean City in Britain.
Oars hang from the ceiling of the main restaurant while a giant mural of an octopus wrapped around the Smeaton Tower adorns the wall next to the kitchen.
Managing Director Chris Walsh said the impending opening is “very exciting” for the company which already has a site in Liverpool, and the team is looking forward to people coming to visit us. Find a complete list of all new openings in Plymouth here.
Speaking about the design of The Club House, Chris said, “We really wanted to embrace this wonderful, Grade I listed building and obviously draw themes based on this fantastic location.
“The marina is in this yard, so we have a nautical theme with the blues and whites, and we wanted to use this beautiful stone building to make it a fantastic environment.
“I think the designers did a really good job.”
For anyone familiar with the layout of Las Iguanas, which was previously based in the unit, the new residents have kept some of the original seating and training, but have been padded and recycled to give the whole thing a new look. look.
“We wanted to make it as new and fresh as possible, but it’s quite a versatile space, so we just tried to make the most of the booth seating and the relaxed, open layout,” Chris said.
“I think that’s what people appreciate, certainly in these times – you want the space and the wiggle room – so we’ve tried to keep that.”
The Club House offers an extensive cocktail menu as well as draft beers, in bottles and cans. Visitors can indulge in tastes of Madri, Aspall Cider, and Camden Pale on tap, among others.
“Our bar expertise is unmatched,” added the 42-year-old. “We have really invested a lot in training to make sure our cocktails are perfect.
“It’s a really good selling point for our brand to make sure there is this variety and these great people to serve. Our cocktail menu is designed around a mix-and-match style, so classic cocktails with a little twist.
“There are some really interesting flavors out there, the guys have worked really hard to develop it so I hope people love it.”
The restaurant area also has an open kitchen so that guests can see their food being prepared. The idea is to add to the atmosphere of the place and to give the chefs the opportunity to show their talent through the showcase.
Despite a difficult year for bars and restaurants, the hotel heavyweight The New World Trading Company (NWTC) who started the Club House is “focused” on the future and growth of his business.
It is the first time that the brand has ventured into Devon. The new location continues the company’s recent expansion in the South West, following openings in Bristol, Cheltenham and Bath.
It will also be The Club House’s second location, after a successful five-year stay in Liverpool.
NWTC offers a range of award-winning brands including The Oast House, The Botanist, The Canal House, The Smugglers Cove, The Trading House and The Florist.
NWTC will also bring its “iconic” Club House hanging skewers to Plymouth. The unique dish consists of a choice of kebabs served on a signature stand, on a choice of crisps or fries with a sauce to pour all over the dish.
The site is currently reserving space online for the bar and restaurant, but will keep a section of indoor and outdoor seating available for people on foot.
Chris explains that the team “are betting on a great summer in Plymouth” in order to be able to make the best use of the panoramic outdoor space.
“We just want to showcase the skills and talent of our people,” continued Chris.
“We have a fantastic team of people here, all very eager to provide great customer experiences.
“Seeing this in action combined with the fantastic cocktails and drinks, and the food we offer is a perfect mix.”
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