The Alchemist set to expand to Nottingham, Bristol and Cardiff

The Alchemist Chester

New openings have been announced in Nottingham, Bristol and Cardiff for premium bar and restaurant The Alchemist.

The group, which launched its 10th venue in Chester last month (pictured), will transform the newly acquired sites into its concept that combines casual dining with theatrical cocktails.

In Nottingham, it has taken over the former Hard Rock Café on King Street and will invest £1.6m in the project, extending it over two floors and 6,500 square feet. It is due to open in December.

Another £1.6m will be invested in the former NatWest Bank in St Mary Street in Cardiff – the first site for the group in Wales – which will cover 5,900 square feet. It is set to open in March next year.

In Bristol, The Alchemist is coming to Queen’s Road after a £1.3m investment. Spanning two floors, the 5,200 sq ft site will open its doors to the public in April 2018.

Working with leading designers Macaulay Sinclair, the new sites will have the trademark “copper-cased wonderland” décor, with warm interiors featuring amber, coppers and reds accompanied by unique artworks.

The Alchemist is due to open in a 4,900 sq ft site in MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, in September, followed by another in Oxford later in the year.

Simon Potts, managing director of The Alchemist, said: “We are delighted to announce the three new sites. Cardiff, Nottingham and Bristol are all fantastic cities and I believe we have secured amazing locations in each of them.

“The acquisitions will take us to 15 sites – which is a great achievement and testament to the hard work of the whole team. It’s a real joy to be able to announce positive plans for our continued growth at a time when there seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the sector.

“Our guests seem to be enjoying our unique offer and I’m confident that The Alchemist brand will be a positive addition to cities wherever it goes in the future.”

Established in 2009, the premium bar and casual dining operator is backed by Palatine Private Equity, which supported a buy-out from Living Ventures in 2015.

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