Food & Drink Wednesday, November 25th

Cosy Club opening in Hereford

"Think gents club meet village hall meets cricket pavilion..." said the guys behind the brand.

The Cosy Club will bring English eccentricity to Hereford city when it opens at the former Herefordshire Farmers’ Club on the corner of Widemarsh Street next February.

Owned by the Bristol-based Loungers pub company, the club will have their signature speakeasy vibe – reclaimed tables, flock wallpaper, vintage posters. Even the odd bit of taxidermy.

The former Herefordshire Farmers' Club - a prime spot in Hereford city centre.

When they opened a branch in Birmingham earlier this year, Loungers gave a Grade-II listed former bank an impressive £1.2m refurb.

What's in store for Hereford is being kept under wraps, but we're hoping the decor will be site specific, paying homage to the former Farmers' Club - one of the oldest buildings in Hereford city.

"There are no rules when it comes to a Cosy Club interior," hinted Neil from Loungers.

"We love nothing more than working with the features of the each of the buildings they inhabit - there may be some exposed brick, some wooden panelling, and some bare concrete all complemented by contemporary glass and chrome (not to mention dark, heavy drapes and net curtains).

"Mix matched tables and dining chairs, battered old cocktail armchairs, sleek 1930’s sofas and mid-century sideboards make you feel immediately at home."

As well as coffee and cake, family-friendly Cosy Clubs serve draught beers, cider and ale, wine and classic cocktails. The food menu majors on comfort food classics but there's also brunch and tapas.

The arrival of Cosy Club in Hereford feels like another milestone for the city's current 'revival' - you can't help but notice that something is happening.

A whole host of quality bars and restaurants are moving in or expanding - Burger Shop, Shack, Hereford Beer House, Beefy Boys - and each one is giving the city's night time economy a much needed boost.

With its prime location on the corner of Widemarsh Street - opposite the Old Market, Cosy Club is sure to add fuel to the fire.

NEW LEASE OF LIFE

Cosy Club's arrival will give a grand old building a new lease of life.

The former Farmers' Club dates back to the 17th century when it was originally a gatehouse into the city complete with drawbridge and moat.

It became the Farmers' Club in 1926, thanks to its close proximity to the cattle market. While it’s fondly remembered for being packed with farmers on market day and was once a popular haunt for ladies taking tea, times changed.

After the private members' club closed in 2013, the building was put up for auction by Brightwells with a guide price of £300k but failed to sell.

Recently it’s been a city centre showroom for Simply Stunning interiors but now they're in the process of moving (relocating to their main site at Wigmore) the Cosy Club is poised to move in.

COSY EMPIRE

The Cosy Club empire is growing fast - 12 branches and counting with Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff among them.

With their imminent arrival here in Herefordshire, the company is looking for staff and currently advertising for a head chef and a deputy manager.

To find out more, check out www.cosyclub.co.uk.

And while we're being nosey, here's a look at the Cosy Club Field Guide to Parties and Events from Birmingham, giving you a flavour of what could be coming to Hereford.

 

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