Cosy Club restaurant to open in new look Buttermarket Centre next week

The Buttermarket Ispwich

The Buttermarket Ispwich - Credit: Archant

Loungers group invests nearly £1m in Ipswich venue - opening on Tuesday

Examples of Cosy Club style and decor at other venues

Examples of Cosy Club style and decor at other venues - Credit: Archant

Something special is happening to the food and drink scene in Ipswich.

Behind the hoardings of the changing Buttermarket Shopping Centre on St Stephen’s Lane a revolution is taking place.

The Cosy Club restaurant is shaping up and will open its doors on Tuesday August 23, 2016 thanks to owners the Loungers Group.

It is the first of a series of new restaurants, and a 12-screen cinema, being created in the £35million Buttermarket Shopping Centre redevelopment in the heart of Ipswich.

Examples of Cosy Club style and decor at other venues

Examples of Cosy Club style and decor at other venues - Credit: Archant

Others will include Wagamama, Coast to Coast and Prezzo.

Loungers has invested £950,000 in the development which is creating 30 jobs for local people.

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It is No 15 in the growing Cosy Club restaurant chain.

Quirky, eccentric and playful Cosy Club offers informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a homely and family friendly environment.

Cosy Club’s menu majors on comfort food classics as well as offering an extensive brunch menu, a decent variety of sandwiches, and a great selection of tapas.

Paul Alexander, senior operations manager for Loungers, said: We’re delighted to be opening Cosy Club Ipswich. The location is perfect for our Cosy Club concept and we’re thrilled to be part of such an exciting development. The Buttermarket Shopping Centre will be a real destination for foodies.”

Mix matched tables and dining chairs, battered old cocktail armchairs, sleek 1930’s sofas and mid-century sideboards make you feel immediately at home. The walls are adorned with enormous rousing Soviet-era masterpieces, family portraits, flags, banners and iconic 50’s artwork peppered with the odd piece of taxidermy thrown in for good measure. Vast chandeliers hang dramatically next to industrial steel lamps and chintzy shades throwing light that is soft, sumptuous and elegant.

Meanwhile inside the Buttermarket Centre work is well underway on the construction of the 12-screen Empire cinema, which is expected to open to the public later in the year.

This investment is a massive boost for Ipswich town centre, following on from the relaunch of the Sailmakers Shopping Centre.