Whitbread’s Bar + Block steakhouse announced for Durham’s Milburngate development

18/01/2018 - 07:00
Costa Coffee and Premier Inn owner Whitbread is to open its new concept steakhouse Bar + Block at the Milburngate shopping and leisure development in Durham city centre.

The restaurant will be opened alongside a 92-bed Premier Inn. Both hotel and restaurant are subject to planning approval.

With four sites across the UK in London Kings Cross, Birmingham, Bath, and Whitley in Hampshire, Bar + Block is an all-day casual dining venue serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on its hand-cut to order steaks “at affordable prices”.

The restaurant will feature a ‘Butcher’s Block’ with a range of rotating specials, as well as what Whitbread describes as an extensive drinks list.

Matt Aubrey, Premier Inn acquisitions manager for the North East, said: “We are pleased to have acquired a site for a new 92-bed Premier Inn and Bar + Block restaurant at the Milburngate development in Durham.

“Milburngate is a major part of the future of Durham city centre and we are excited to be a part of it. Subject to planning permission, the new hotel and restaurant will bring 75 permanent jobs to the area and will offer visitors greater choice and value in Durham.”

Milburngate will be made up of a mix of apartments, offices, a ‘boutique’ cinema, and bars, including Marston’s bespoke designed concept, Pitcher & Piano.

Allan Cook, managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “These agreements not only demonstrate the confidence Whitbread has in Durham City, but also how Milburngate can help position and strengthen two of its important brands.

“Milburngate’s aspirational and premium offering is attracting high quality operators that will enhance and expand the leisure market in Durham and help attract visitors from across the North East and further afield to the city.”

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