Inside Chester’s newest restaurant as Cosy Club opens its doors

Chester’s newest restaurant has become the first business to open its doors at the city’s Northgate development. The Cosy Club restaurant enjoyed a busy opening night as foodies flocked to sample the food and drink on offer.

The Chester venue is right at the front of the Coachworks Arcade, with diners entering via the historic façade of the former Westminster Coach and Carriage Works, first built in 1914. It is part of the popular Cosy Club restaurant chain and has brought around 50 new jobs to the city, with a few roles still up for grabs.

Cosy Club serves up a range of British, European and Asian dishes with a nod to North America for those who fancy enjoying a spot of brunch. The Loungers business which runs the Cosy Clubs was founded in 2002 by a trio of long-standing friends, Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop.

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Inside Chester Cosy Club
Inside Chester Cosy Club
(Image: Cosy Club)

Having spent years in the restaurant and bar trade they decided it was time to launch their own business, with their motivation being to create a place where they would enjoy going for a drink.

The spokesperson added that the restaurant, which is the 33rd Cosy Club to be opened, had teamed up with the UK Youth charity for its opening month, which supports and empowers young people.

The Cosy Club Chester team
The Cosy Club Chester team
(Image: Cosy Club)

They added: “For our opening month in Chester 50p from every burger and 20p from every coffee will be donated to UK Youth to support their important work with young people.”

A Cosy Club spokesperson explained what had drawn them to Chester, saying: “Chester Northgate is an exemplary scheme, one which Loungers have been eager to open in for a number of years. The building is beautiful, and we think that the scheme will become the new centre of Chester.

“We are excited to bring our eccentric style and fresh, modern menu to the food scene.”

Some of the Chester Cosy Club team on opening night
Some of the Chester Cosy Club team on opening night
(Image: Cosy Club)

The Northgate Development is expected to fully open in the autumn and will feature a six-screen cinema, cafés, bars and restaurants, a new indoor market, as well as new parking and office spaces.

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