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Coal restaurant and cocktail bar opening at Gloucester Quays creates 30 new jobs

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

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Thirty new jobs will be created when Coal Grill and Bar opens its doors at Gloucester Quays in July.

Bosses at the vibrant restaurant and stylish cocktail bar say the leisure quarter is the ‘perfect location’ for their new opening.

They are already a popular fixture at Bristol’s Cabot Circus, signalling a move by the Quays to attract similar businesses to Gloucester.

John Gater, managing director of Coal Grill and Bar, said: “This location provides us with a great fit for our dynamic restaurants and bars.

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“We are very excited to open a new Coal Grill and Bar at Gloucester Quays.

“This is the perfect location for our restaurant, with an attractive waterside setting and the retail and cinema complex right next door.

“Gloucester Quays is a key site in our expansion plans for locations across the UK in 2014.”

The small but fast-expanding national chain is opening at four other locations this year too.

The opening at the Quays will come one year after the plans were first revealed.

Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Outlets, which runs Gloucester Quays, said: “As more and more retailers and restaurants join us, the excitement around what the Quays can offer builds.”

The restaurant will offer breakfast, full a la Carte and Prix Fixe menus which include a traditional breakfast, fresh chargrilled cuisine, seafood, pizza and pastas as well as Coal’s signature dish, Firesticks – a flame grilled skewer of prime meat and fish served on a hot skillet.

Foodies will also relish that Coal sources all of its meat, fish and fresh produce from Britain.

Recruitment for the 30 full and part time vacancies will start shortly through the Coal Grill and Bar website.

MY VIEW by Mike Wilkinson, public affairs reporter

THE arrival of Coal will be yet another major draw for the Gloucester Quays leisure quarter.

I remember, back in the Autumn, being sat outside Portivo Lounge having a drink. It was a chilly night but the bar itself was so busy that people wrapped up and piled outside for a bit of al fresco socialising.

It was almost like being on the Med, but without the olive-tanned waiters and the warm evening sunshine.

Go to that place mid-week and it is still very busy.

There is a real demand for a trendy bar that does food too – and Coal fits that bill perfectly.

Having been to the one at Bristol’s Cabot Circus, I was largely impressed.

The chain was established in 2007 and has now popped up in places like London, Milton Keynes, Basingstoke, Exeter and Sheffield.

Each restaurant and bar offers attractive bar and lounge areas with cocktail and drinks menus. Diners will find a selection of dishes, served fresh from the grill.

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  • WINKLE1956  |  January 05 2014, 9:39PM

    Two of the new restaurants are sadly lacking in quality of service since opening. Real china was advertising lunch time menu's at £5.99 each however when we ate there Xmas eve lunchtime we were charged £11.99 each. After querying the cost we were told that as it's Xmas eve they were charging Sunday prices. When told that they were advertising £5.99 outside the restaurant, they just said sorry but the price was still£11.99 each. Everyone leaving the restaurant was complaining. Last Sunday evening we tried to eat at portivo, after selecting our meals off the menu we were told that one of the items were not available, after reordering as we went to sit down the waitress followed us to our table only to inform us that the meal we reordered was again not available. Needless to say we cancelled our order and went to eds diner instead. We have been waiting for a lifetime for leisure facilities to compete with Cheltenham, a word of advise,DONT WASTE IT. It would be easy to go back to spending our money somewhere else!

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 05 2014, 1:59PM

    Good Luck to Coal Grill and Bar in July that's going to open up.

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