The man behind Exeter’s award-winning restaurant Lloyd’s Kitchen is set to create 12 new jobs with the launch of cafe bar Lloyd’s Lounge.
Lloyd Gardner plans for the café lounge bar with 80 covers to be finished and fitted out by the first week of December.
Lloyd Gardner, the man behind Exeter’s award-winning restaurant Lloyd’s Kitchen is set to create 12 new jobs with the launch of cafe bar Lloyd’s Lounge in Catherine’s Square,Exeter.
Built by contractor Morgan Sindall, the new all-weather glass structure with indoor seating and outside space, will be in a in Catherine’s Square, part of Princesshay shopping centre next to St. Catherine’s chapel.
It is on the former site of Ltg’s, the alfresco café also run by Lloyd.
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It has taken over four years, from conception to inception, for Lloyd’s Lounge to become a reality.
Mr Gardner said: “It was such a fantastic location in the heart of the City with Ltg’s, trade however, was weather dependant. We worked with the team at Princesshay who were very supportive of our vision, to create a funky all-glass box to sit on the raised piazza in Catherine’s Square, where people can see, and be seen. The all-weather structure ensures we can create an intimate atmosphere for winter and, have the ability to fully open the bi-fold doors for warmer weather. It will be an easy-going and, social destination to pop in for food throughout the day, or meet for a drink in the evening, and relax with friends sharing tapas.”
The site previously also included a kiosk, used it to serve food and drinks to Ltg’s café customers. The kiosk has now been donated to Exeter City Football Club to be used at the Cliff Hill Training Ground as a refreshments hut.
The interior of the Lloyds Lounge cafe bar in Exeter will give customers a fab weather-proof view
Andy Littlejohns, Operations Manager of Princesshay, comments: “We were delighted to work closely with Lloyd to help him with his exciting and innovative new venture, which is different to what we already have to offer, and complements the existing line-up of cafés and restaurants. Lloyd’s Lounge will be Princesshay’s first independent bar. Set in a prestigious location, in close proximity to the Cathedral, it’s a perfect location to meet, eat and socialise. With the new glass building, customers will enjoy great views of St. Catherine’s Chapel and St Catherine’s Almshouses, which hold one of eight of public art pieces owned by Princesshay, whatever the weather.”
The St Catherine’s Almshouses are the location of an artwork entitled ‘Marking Time’ from Patricia Mackinnon-Day.
Source: Devon live