Concept Leisure is to open a spirits and cocktail bar as part of a wave of new bars and restaurants in the Yorkshire town of Middlesbrough.
Due to launch in February, The Nuthatch is being developed as part of the regeneration of Bedford Street. As shown in new computer-generated visuals, it will have an “industrial-artisan” interior with a centrepiece wood burner and a showpiece bar lined with stools.
It is the latest project from Matthew Lewis and Simon Hatfield of Concept Leisure which also operates The Townhouse in Linthorpe Road and Tiny in Albert Road in Middlesbrough.
The Nuthatch will specialise in high-quality spirits, with over 100 different brands behind the bar, alongside a crafted cocktail menu of classics and signature twists.
Simon said: “We are really excited to be joining the new wave of bars and restaurants in Bedford Street and the already established bars on Baker Street.
“Our offering will really complement the town’s current offering. Over the last 18 months venues like Alchemy & Co, Twisted Lip and Sticky Fingers have really started to move the town in a new and exciting direction and hopefully we can really add to that.”
Since securing the venue earlier this year, Matthew has been working on creating a relaxed and welcoming interior and The Nuthatch’s first menu. “In creating the interior we have been fortunate to have been given a blank canvas by the developers,” Simon added.
“We have tried our best to take in the latest ‘trends’, without creating something which will be outdated in a year or two.
“Having travelled extensively, we want to create something unique by taking inspiration from some of our favourite bars from around the world, and twisting classics with modern techniques.
“I’m particularly interested in the trends that are developing on the bartending scene right now and want to bring a little bit of that to Middlesbrough, from gels, foams, and powders, to tea mixology.
“We want The Nuthatch to be a real destination venue and a ‘must go’ addition for the more discerning Teesside drinkers.
“Over the last five years, Middlesbrough has sadly seen a decline in the number of pubs and bars. However, recently there has been a real exciting change with new openings of micro-pubs.
“They are great, small bars, easy to build an atmosphere and really take drinking back to how it should be: an opportunity to socialise with friends and meet new people. Gone are the days where it was all about cheap drinks and dancing until the sun rises.
“Neither myself or Matthew are huge beer and ale drinkers so could see this gap in the market around the bustling new independent quarter of Middlesbrough for somewhere that concentrated on high-quality spirits and cocktails.”