Leisure firms expands by opening new Newcastle bar and restaurant

Could the soon-to-open Botanist bar become Newcastle's most luxurious venue?

The Botanist Newcastle general manager Andrew Shiel-Redfern
The Botanist Newcastle general manager Andrew Shiel-Redfern

A leisure firm is set to create up to 100 new North East jobs after investing a significant sum into a two-floor bar and restaurant in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

The Botanist will be set across two floors of the Monument Mall development, which has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment through owners Hammerson, turning it into a high class retail and leisure scheme.

Operated by the New World Trading Company, the Newcastle venue will boast views across the city centre from a rooftop terrace and is the latest in a string of new openings in the city’s booming bar and restaurant sector.

It will be the company’s fifth Botanist to open and will also mark the bar experts’ expansion into the North East, alongside its four existing operations in Leeds, Manchester’s Deansgate, Chester and Alderley Edge.

It is not known how much is being invested in the Tyneside operation, but the firm splashed out £1m on its Deansgate venture which opened in August, decorating its interior with giant antique pot chandeliers, cabinets filled with horticultural trinkets and a vast aged vine walkway.

The impressive 8,000sqft bar and restaurant venue in Newcastle will create up to 100 new jobs and ahead of its official launch on December 15, an investment of £75,000 will be dedicated to staff training.

The firm is renowned for its employee care and training policies, which saw its parent group Living Ventures come ninth in The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2013.

Newcastle-based Faulkner Browns architects have been involved in the design of the venture.

The New World Trading Company managing director Chris Hill said: “We are delighted to bring The Botanist to Newcastle.

“We’ve got a fantastic location right in the heart of the city so we can’t wait to get started and add to the vibrant leisure and hospitality offering that, as a destination, Newcastle is renowned for.”



Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative said: “The bar and restaurant scene is enjoying a real boom on both sides of the River Tyne and is a clear sign we’re emerging from the recession.

“Investor confidence in NewcastleGateshead is high, with new ventures emerging along the Quayside, at Trinity Square and of course in Monument Mall and Grey Street. The Botanist is a welcome addition to the eclectic mix of pubs, clubs and restaurants that create the exciting and buzzing nightlife that we’re famous for.”

The Botanist will boast nine bar stations, an extensive drinks menu serving over 50 different bottled beers and ciders, cask ales and 48 cocktails – plus unrivalled views of the city from its terrace area.

Food will be served from a deli, rotisserie and barbeque and is available all day, every day. The venue will also offer live music with daily evening gigs and Sunday afternoon sessions.

A recruitment day is being held at The Hilton, Gateshead on November 12 for job opportunities at all levels.

People interested in jobs should call 07849 076974 to arrange an interview or email the general manager, Andrew Shiel-Redfern, at andrewshielredfern@thebotanist.uk.com


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