Situated on Sekforde Street, London, Granger & Co Clerkenwell is the latest eatery from internationally renowned restaurateur Bill Granger.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and joins sites in Notting Hill, Australia, Hawaii and Japan, to round out the Granger & Co portfolio.
The restaurant is divided into a bar, dining room and kitchen, with back of house operations including staff areas, office space and a waste storage area. A cold room, dry store, liquor store, washroom facilities and linen storage space complete the overall operation.
Work began on the project in March 2014 and reached completion in early May 2014. Bluecrow Projects Ltd was the main contractor on the project, whilst chartered architects and interior designers Tyeth Gundry provided architectural design services, working alongside Sydney-based designer Meacham Nockles McQualter.
Granger & Co Clerkenwell presents a tempting menu, with dishes including tea smoked salmon with green tea noodles, samphire, daikon & soy mirin; as well as parmesan crumbed chicken schnitzel, creamed corn and fennel slaw; and masala roast bream, with cumin tomatoes, watercress and apple salad.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Tyeth Gundry of Gundry and Ducker, said:
“Granger & Co are one of the few operators who not only talk the talk in terms of sourcing high-quality ingredients, they really do it! They are a good bunch of people too, always positive and full of energy.”
The new restaurant was installed into the site of a disused factory situated on the corner of Clerkenwell Green. The building dates back to the 1930s and the restaurant covers two floors, with 2000 sq ft on the raised ground floor and 2000 sq ft on the basement.
During the construction works there was a significant amount of structural work conducted, in order to form new staircases and to infill sections of the floor. As the site was located within a quiet village in London, noise and deliveries needed to be carefully planned by the construction team.
Main materials used in the construction process included Terrazzo floors and counters, bespoke lighting from Rankin McGregor Ltd, food hoists by Stannah Microlifts and ironmongery. The restaurant also includes bespoke furniture built by main contractor Bluecrow Projects Ltd, with lino inserts by Forbo Flooring Systems. To complete the project, the ceiling was clad in reclaimed hardwood, presenting an environmentally friendly addition to the project.
Discussing the addition of the new Granger & Co restaurant to the local area, Tyeth said:
“Clerkenwell will be delighted to have them I am sure. It’s a warm and busy place, located in a hidden corner off the green, so a place for people in the know, not so much the passing tourist trade.”
“Granger & Co are good at building relationships too and if you haven’t tried their Aussie Breakfast, then you are missing out!”
Granger & Co is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 11pm; Saturday 9am until 11pm; and Sunday 10am until 6pm.
For more information about Granger & Co, please visit: www.grangerandco.com.
Caterware Ltd specialise in the design, supply and installation of commercial kitchens, bars, serveries and all foodservice work environments. The company have been in operation for 37 years. During this time, Caterware have worked within a number of market areas including schools, hospitals, hotels, bars, restaurants and stadia/events arenas.
Caterware provide a full and comprehensive service to their Clientele, to include production of layout drawings, attendance at technical design meetings, project management, liaison with other contractors, staff equipment training, warranty management etc, all backed up by their in house service technicians and after sales service and maintenance packages.
It is their experience of working with many other established and growing branded restaurant chains that brought them together with Granger & Co to assist them in the development of their brand by providing them with operationally effective kitchens and front of house bar areas.
Eammon Allen, Account/Project Manager for Caterware, said:
“We like to work with progressive clients, looking for the quality design and quality products which we provide. We have worked on previous Granger & Co restaurants and enjoy continuing to work with them to develop their unique brand.”
“Granger & Co are professional, creative and ambitious. They are always striving for design and operational improvements, within structured cost constraints, in order to provide a wonderful environment and eating experience for their own customers. This in turn creates various challenges, pressures and demands on our own resources, skills and abilities of which we are proud to accommodate and provide.”