Located in the heart of Fredrikstad, Norway, Scandic City is located right in the centre, only a stone’s throw from the old town Gamlebyen, the pier, shopping and culture. Offering meeting and conference facilities adapted to customer’s wishes and needs, the popular hotel also recommends a visit to their restaurant, City Spiseri.
The bar and restaurant recently underwent extensive refurbishment to replace the existing facilities within the restaurant and provide a modern and bright space.
Work on the refurbishment started in October 2016 and was undertaken by Andy Thornton Contracts and Dråpe Design Bjørn Oskarsson. The project was completed in January 2017.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, Richard Woods, Operations Director at Andy Thornton Contracts said: “The feedback from the client has been very positive. Our agent actually lives in Fredrikstad so it is local to him and he has said it is becoming a destination even though it’s a hotel.”
Andy Thornton Contracts worked on the internal fit out of the bar and restaurant and were responsible for the bespoke joinery and structure of the decorative ceiling. Other work completed included the bar and copper front, installing a 5m tall back fitting with cabinets, banquet seating, bespoke tables, lighting, loose fittings, carpets and a fire table.
Paul Johnson, Project Manager at Andy Thornton Contracts, added: “The fire table is a bespoke table with a fire pit in the centre and a granite top around it. It is in the corner of the building which has got a new glass façade so it will be a popular spot to sit in because you’ll see the main precinct.”
As well as the refurbishment inside the building, exterior walls were removed and replaced with glass.
“They relocated the bar and restaurant to another part of the hotel and built an extension on the corner so the area that it is in is partly new build and partly existing building. The new bar goes around the corner and into the existing part of the building,” added Richard.
The 60 cover restaurant provides good food and service and staff at the restaurant work hard to create unforgettable culinary experiences, whether it is a simple lunch or a many-hour dining experience.
There are no tablecloths on the tables and diners are allowed to fill up their water or wine glass themselves. Several different dishes can be ordered, as food is meant to be shared. The restaurant aims to facilitate a social and rustic atmosphere around the table and lets guests take part in every aspect of their meal from sharing and cutting to serving.
The restaurant’s menu will change frequently throughout the seasons. It consists of several small dishes, as well as some larger dishes and for those who find it difficult to choose, staff will put together a selection of recommended snacks every day.
Lunch is available Monday to Saturday, 11:30am until 4pm with the main course and sharing menu available from 5pm until 9pm, Monday to Thursday and from 5pm until 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays.
Items on the lunch menu include Chicken Salad, Steamed Mussels and Grilled Country Bread with Lightly Smoked Salmon. Main menu items include Baked Halibut, Tenderloin and Roasted Duck with desserts including Yoghurt Sorbet, Chocolate Ice Cream and Norwegian Cheeses available. A sharing menu is also offered.
The bar seats up to 80 people with bartenders offering enchanting drinks from 5pm Monday to Saturday.
General Manager at Scandic City, Line Heiberg commented: “With an 20ft tall glass façade you will, from our bar, have a panoramic view of Fredrikstad shopping street. Our bar is one of the most spectacular bars in Østfold and our cocktail-bartenders will give you a unique taste experience.”
Commenting on working on the project, Richard concluded: “It is the first time we have worked for Scandic. We know of them and have done numerous projects in Scandinavia but this is the first time we have worked for Scandic. We are pleased that they have done this development and hopefully it will lead to more potential work for us.”