Stylish new den for FOX
Just launched following an impressive £1m fit out, FOX, the first new restaurant by FOX Restaurant Group Ltd, has opened in exclusive Hale Barns, Cheshire.
The new restaurant takes pride of place in a brand new retail development called The Square, on Hale Road, and is the only restaurant in the complex, which also includes high-end supermarket Booths, as well four other retail outlets and 24 luxurious apartments.
Designed by renowned London design team Alexander Waterworth Interiors (AWI), who have designed schemes in London, Paris and New York, the brand new 4,000 sq ft restaurant can accommodate 120 guests from breakfast until late, 7 days a week.
The main seating area within the restaurant is also complimented by more relaxed countertop kitchen dining, at a hand crafted marble kitchen countertop overlooking the open grill and pizza oven.
An impressive open plan kitchen with a wood fired grill takes centre stage in the restaurant. Meats, fish, poultry and other proteins are cooked over it, using charcoal and locally sourced wood. Alongside the grill there is a bespoke feature wood fired pizza oven, perfect for cooking sour-dough pizzas with amazing toppings.
Opposite the kitchen there is a lively bar serving great cocktails and a selection of draught and craft beers and ales.
Alexander Waterworth Interiors said: “In creating the interior design we were aiming for something which is contemporary and fresh, yet also a space that has warmth and depth with an ‘al fresco’ feel. We combined neutral shades with vibrant rich blues, deep Victorian greens and hints of copper, together with panelled walls and exposed brickwork.
“Another key element of the design is the impressive expanse of flooring, which combines wide timber boarding with inset marble on a large scale.”
Seating within the restaurant includes both booths around the periphery and in the centre of the room, with free standing chairs and tables in the remainder of the space.
Lighting has been designed to add to the ambience by creating a moody and atmospheric feel in the evenings.
FOX Restaurant Group founder Danny Fox said: “The design we have put together with AWI is clean and sexy, it complements the simplicity of the concept perfectly and really brings a feel of New York – London to Hale Barns. I’m excited my first solo venture restaurant will be in my home county and will become the first of many.”
The menu is simple and healthy, ensuring guests can order superb cuts of meat. All grill items are served with simple salads made from fresh ingredients, accompanied by delectable dressings or fries.
Head Chef John Thompson, comments on the menu he has created; “I met with Danny Fox and fell in love with the concept immediately, Simple but skilled cooking with amazing ingredients and provenance, is what we are aiming for. We believe people today love simple food with a focus on health and every now and again, some indulgences – FOX will deliver that with style!”
The wine list is extensive, offering guests a good selection of wines and champagnes by the glass and by the bottle.
“This project involved a relatively short build on a tight programme and included dealing with trades from all over Europe, however, it was fairly straight forward and generally everything went according to plan.”
Spring 2017 will also see the addition of a feature terrace that wraps around the restaurant, showcasing an all-weather terrace with retractable roof, providing the perfect alfresco people watching pit stop, all year round, whatever the weather.
“This is the first restaurant of many to come, the FOX Restaurant Group is set to grow substantially over the coming years, with not just FOX but other restaurant sub-brands in the pipeline, all based around the principle of FOX,” commented Danny Fox.
“I’ve been working on this concept for some time now and this is the way I love to eat. You cannot beat a steak or an amazing piece of fish cooked over open flames, put that alongside a beautifully dressed salad and a chilled glass of wine and I’m in heaven!”
But the focus of the menu is simple, either grill or a sour-dough pizza, means that everyone can find what they want to eat on the menu without having to go through section upon section or multiple pages of choices, that are seen in so many restaurants nowadays.
Cordant Projects is part of Cordant Services, one the UK’s largest privately owned integrated facilities solutions companies. Cordant Projects specialise in Fabric Works, Mechanical and Electrical, and Facility Maintenance.
The company has worked with many business partners in the leisure sector including Hilton, Connaught and a number of Living Venture properties throughout the UK. The two most recent projects they have worked on are the restaurant refurbishments for The Fox in Manchester and The Alchemist, located in Liverpool.
As the principle contractor on The Fox, Cordant Projects provided Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) works as well as Fabric Works. Within the M&E service they installed the heating, air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing systems, and also provided installation of the lighting and safety alarms. As part of the Fabric Works Cordant fitted the internal aesthetics including; new flooring, decorative finishes and partition walls, and installed the back of house area with a cellar, staff room, toilets, kitchen and office space.
Ian Woods, Managing Director of Cordant Projects commented:
“We are proud to be involved with this nine week project which has created over 50 jobs in the growing Hales Barns area. We hope to support, and work with the team behind the restaurant again in the future as the business expands into a successful chain.”