Middletons Steakhouse – Dining in grand style
Located within a stunning Grade II listed building featuring Edwardian grand columns and intricate coving, is the impressive new Middletons Steakhouse in Chelmsford.
The 170 cover restaurant is spread across two floors at ground and basement level, and was formerly a bank.
The opening follows a £500,000 refurbishment within the building, which was designed and built by the same architect responsible for alterations and extension work at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country retreat in Buckinghamshire.
The architect, Sir Reginald Blomfield, was very well respected, and is also famed for designing many grand war memorials in the 1920s – the most notable of which being the Menin Gate at Ypres.
In Chelmsford, Blomfield’s creation, now the new home of Middletons, dates back to 1905.
It is constructed in a distinctive red brick, and has two impressive entrance doors. The main dining area on the ground floor is a large, open space with classic Edwardian interior features such as grand columns and intricate coving.
Main contractors for the fit out were Ecsec, who won praise for their work.
The beautiful interior, which was designed by Devlin Design, was created following a strip out of some of the original finishes.
Clare Devlin, director of Devlin design said: “The design brief was to create a functional, inviting interior space that reflects the Middletons brand and compliments the existing architectural features within a given budget.”
The restaurant is entered through a glass lobby leading into the main dining space which has 4 m high ceilings with feature ceiling details including original mountings and columns. The bar is located on the left hand side of the main space, with the remainder of the space being broken down into more intimate seating areas featuring low walls and fixed red leather seating.
Custom designed ‘Middletons’ wallpaper and light fittings are the key elements within the main restaurant, with large mirrors to reflect light and movement. The kitchen is enclosed within timber clad walls, with an open pass giving glimpses of the chefs at work.
The rear of the restaurant is designed with a slightly more intimate feel, with lower ceilings and brick effect walls. Toilets and staff areas are in the basement. The colour palette is includes grey, black and red, with walls featuring both a neutral shade and multi-coloured patterned wallpaper
External works included the installation of new signage.
Clare Devlin said: “The main challenges of the project were working within a listed building, keeping within budget and completing the work within a tight timescale and budget, with a quick turnaround.
“The interior is now much brighter and more inviting with much more personality.
“The main contractors did an excellent job and the client loves how the space has been transformed and how the team worked together. Middletons is a key client for us.”
Chelmsford is the eighth Middletons Steakhouse & Grill, and the second in Essex after opening in Colchester in 2014.
Stephen Hutton, managing director of Middletons Steakhouse & Grill, said: “We like to think Middletons offers something for everyone, whether celebrating a special occasion with loved ones, or enjoying a meal out for the family.
“While steak and mixed grills are our speciality, we also have seafood and vegetarian options as well as gluten-free and vegan choices too.”