As the consultation process for improvements to Foregate Street station gains momentum, Midlands-based company Centenary Lounge is all set to open a stunning new bistro café close by this spring.
The Art Deco themed, GWR-inspired café and restaurant hopes to attract commuters, shoppers and visitors to the city of Worcester, while also supporting suppliers of some of the best food and drink produced in the surrounding area.
The five-storey, Georgian, Grade II-listed premises at 31 The Cross, near Foregate, dates back to about 1730 and a careful, challenging and extensive refurbishment has taken three years to complete. This has been a real ‘labour of love’ for new owner Aasia Baig, who said: “Our vision was to create a strikingly beautiful bistro in the style of 1930’s Art Deco, to tastefully recapture the experience and ambience of a First-Class period railway buffet from the golden age of travel. It feels good to have used local contractors throughout the build, to now offer new jobs in the city and to provide a menu that looks first to local producers for inspiration.”
The bistro menu will be created by chef Chris Holland, whose own restaurant in Cheshire has been awarded 3AA Rosettes and has previously appeared on the BBC2 series Great British Menu.
Centenary Lounge opens on Saturday 6 April and will offer a full range of breakfast choices from 8.00am, light lunches, luxury afternoon teas and later dining, as well as quick snacks, hot chocolates, chilled wines and cocktails.
Locally sourced food and drink will showcase the best of produce from in and around Worcestershire, with ales, ciders, smoked fish, cheeses, chutneys, sauces, fudge, cakes and numerous other offerings on the new menu.
For more information about the historical inspiration, other Centenary Lounge bistros in the region, opening times, menus, services and events, go to www.centenarylounge.com