The Princess Charlotte
The Princess Charlotte is one of the latest developments for Hertford based independent pub operator and brewer, McMullen. Located in Colchester, The Princess Charlotte is the first pub in the UK to be named after The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child and is the sister site to The Prince George pub in Milton Keynes.
“We are delighted to have opened in Colchester and have been pleased with the feedback and trading so far,” said Heydon Mizon, Joint Managing Director.
Martin Howard, General Manager added: “Our guests have been brilliant and we are enjoying seeing people revisit regularly.”
Soaked in sunshine during the Great British summer with ample space to eat and drink inside and on the huge garden patio, The Princess Charlotte is described as a ‘perfect stop after a long shop’ and a ‘great location for a family get together.’
Premier Hospitality magazine spoke to Philip Harrison, President and Managing Director of Harrison, a leading hospitality concept creation consultancy about his companies work on the project.
How did you get involved with this project?
“McMullen’s are a long standing client of Harrison and we have a great track record of creating successful developments for them.”
What did the project involve?
“The project involved taking a Greenfield site and planning, designing and supervising the development of a ground up new build, food led pub concept.”
What facilities does the building house?
“The building comprises of a bar that is actually a flexible drinking and casual dining area. There is also a dedicated restaurant seating area that still maintains a casual pub style. The remaining areas of the ground floor are back of house kitchens, cellars and storage areas. The first floor is primarily Manager’s accommodation.”
Are there any design features of particular interest that stand out?
“One of the key aspects of a business in this category is not to have any design features that stand out. These are relaxed, informal spaces that don’t seek to create a wow factor, but are designed to be a comfortable space to be in.
“From an environmental point of view, the planners were keen to hide the plant equipment which was enclosed on an external plant deck on the first floor, screened from nearby housing. The planners also requested external appearance details such as forming projecting zones to the external walls. This was achieved using a lightweight insulated render system which also resulted in the marked increase in the thermal performance of the building.
“The building shell has been designed to be energy efficient throughout with improvements over Building Regulation Requirements.”
Have you had any feedback from the general public about the project – how has it been received?
“The best feedback you can get is how successful a project is and in this case the development seems to have been overwhelmingly well received based on its popularity.”
How important was this project to you?
“All projects are important to us. We work in very diverse markets, but the one common thread is the absolute need to understand your audience, their needs and their expectations. If a project is successful we know we have read these needs and expectations correctly.”