Heard it on the grapevine! From a cool redevelopment of a historic building to the best new local openings (I spy an eco -friendly hair salon), here’s my superflashy special.
Not only is one of Leicester’s most iconic buildings being redeveloped into aparthotel The Gresham, the 200-year-old building on the corner of Market Street and Belvoir Street, is also going to be home to snazzy bar and restaurant, Black Iron Social. The place will be run by the same team behind Black Iron restaurant at Winstanley House and will offer breakfast, brunch, bar snacks and dinner, as well as a selection of wines, drinks and cocktails. Watch out for a review coming soon!
This funky hotel brand is opening its second hotel right here in Leicester. Slated to open next summer, the 191-bedroom hotel is being built next to the Tigers Stadium in Leicester. Inside, the decor will be very slick and stylish, the restaurants and bar will showcase European and American influences plus, the rooms will include a number of ‘skyline’ suites which we guess, will have some stonking views over the city and stadium.
Leicester’s popular indie cinema and arts centre has finally been given the green light for a whopping £1 million expansion! The venue, which bagged the award for Best Arts Venue in the Muddy Awards this year has been given funding support and investment for the Phoenix 2020 expansion project from Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and British Film Institute. The expansion means there will four-screen cinema, complete with a new art gallery, a bigger and better Café Bar, a stunning roof terrace and is set to open towards the end of next year. Hurrah!
Seoul Bowl, Leicester
A brand new indie restaurant opened last week in Stoneygate serving healthy and nutritious hot bowls of food inspired by Asian, Mexican and Lebanese flavours. The business is based on the idea of constructing Korean Buddha bowls and filling it with heaps of healthy goodness and fresh ingredients. You start by choosing the base of your bowl, then your carbs, followed by your protein and then simply, indulge. Nom, nom!
This brand spanking new hair salon (opening this week) focuses on ethical and sustainably minded practises. The new Leicester branch is their first foray outside of London and will be located in Stoneygate on Allandale Road. The salon has already been making mahooosive strides in recycling, and harnessing renewable energy sources and using ‘clean’, green products. They use cruelty-free, plant-based products from luxury brand, Aveda and recycle all of their waste with Green Salon Collective who recycle and compost everything for the hair industry – hair, foil, towels you name it, they recycle it! Plus, the salons work with Tree Sisters; so for every person that visits one of their salons, they plant a tree, to help offset their carbon emissions.
Remember Mill Street Pub and Kitchen over in Oakham? Since the restaurant closed down a few years ago, the historic building has been sitting empty. until now! The talented bunch over at Orbis Oakham are moving here to expand their already successful little empire. Serving small plates of food inspired by global flavours and delicious cocktails, the new restaurant in Oakham will not only have additional covers but, they’ll also have a main bar area just for cocktails/drinks and let’s not forget that really cool cellar bar. The news follows the opening of their Stamford branch in April which already is doing incredibly well. Well done guys and we can’t wait to see what you do to the place once you open in October.
Ohhh looks like it’s all happening over in Oakham this month! Prink is a brand new fashion and lifestyle store on Main Street. Run by local Rutlander, Victoria Bullett (who also opened local cafe, Hungry Birds) the store will stock fab clothing, (lots of sustainable brands too) jewellery, candles, house ware accessories and cards. We can’t wait to splash our cash here once it opens later this month!
Sophie & Co, Market Harborough
Cutesy and sustainable Leicestershire-based kidswear brand have just gone and opened their first ever store in leafy Harbs. Founded in 2015, the family run biz was set up produce stylish, practical and affordable garments to take kids through all four seasons. Inside, the shop is gorgeous and really follows the sustainable ethos behind the brand so expect natural furniture, DIY headband kits, and even a preloved section.