Business In Focus – Cookfella’s

Established in 2012, the Cookfella’s family are coming up on a decade as part of our high street. Starting out on Bow street at 16 covers premises, before moving to their much larger Church Street premises, and now taking on their third premises at the hub of the town on Westgate, its onwards and upwards for this family run business. Owners Helen and Wayne Leonard attribute this success to wonderful & loyal customers, consistent quality food, delightful long-term staff and super, friendly service. 

‘We have spent many years working & dining in the most diverse eateries, kitchens and cafés of Europe and beyond! This continental style has greatly influenced the variety and quality of food that we cook and serve at our eatery today.’

Doors open at noon serving a relaxed  lunch menu with offerings such as picky bits  through  to the ever-popular special bad boy burgers and chicken wings, travel inspired food & an evening menu consisting of fresh fish dishes & locally sourced produce, Cookfella’s offers something for every appetite. An open plan kitchen ensures that guests can see for themselves the quality of the cooking and produce and watch the team of highly trained chefs in action. 

‘We had maxed out our capacity for food and drinks. The new premises offer us an additional drinking capacity for 75 people and also an outside courtyard with space for 50 plus drinkers/diners’

At the new Westgate premises, customers can expect to find the same great food and service they know and love. In the new dedicated wine bar space, patrons can enjoy anything from a casual day drink to a cocktail night out. Across the courtyard the restaurant will, of course, offer the traditional Cookfella’s experience, catering to large events and light lunches alike. Regulars will be sure to enjoy the new look in both areas, combining traditional features they know and love such as the colourful tiles and open plan kitchen with new and unique features. The new premises also benefits from a large courtyard space, ideal for the outdoor opening date on the 4th of May. (Add any specifics about new features we want mentioning)

Not to forget The Black Swan, many original features can still be seen in and around the premises. A history plaque will also be displayed prominently at the front of the building to showcase the establishment’s rich history, well known by locals. 

Loyal regulars are sure to fill up the tables at opening, with many having tables booked for months in advance.

‘We are both very excited but at the same time extremely anxious about the world getting back to normal! No one knows what the new normal is! We have concluded that hospitality will never be the same again. It will take a very long time for pubs to be 5 ‘5 deep at the bar.  We anticipate that seated table service will be around for a long time yet and have built our new business model around this key point’.

Outdoor dining will be available from the 4th of May, and indoor dining from the 18th.

The Church street premises will be converted to Popi-Mae’s,  an informal bar/diner serving fresh homemade favourites such as stone baked pizza and quality local delicacies such as ‘parmos’ for patrons wanting a quality dining experience at a lower price point.  The informal diner will be at the back of the building and the front will be a relaxed comfy bar area for those wishing to chat and drink.

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