So, what is a ‘Cosy Club’?
It’s a fabulous name – ‘Cosy Club’ brings to mind roaring log fi res, warm hospitality and great food. In fact, there are three Cosy Club establishments around the UK and to give you a better idea of what to expect, the owners describe their establishments as an eclectic mix of styles where gentlemen’s club meets village hall, meets cricket pavilion!
Cosy Clubs are quirky and eccentric, offering an interesting and unique, yet casual dining and drinking experience. They are part of the fast expanding Loungers Group, and their aim is to offer good, fresh, wholesome food in a family friendly environment.
Stamford, the 3rd Cosy Club to open in the UK, is located in an old Post Offi ce sorting building and it was important that the Cosy Club refl ected that history and remained sympathetic to its heritage.
The focal point of the interior is a 10 meter long, pillar-box red bar and to complete the fun but eccentric experience, the bar is complimented with taxidermy, paintings, flags, antler chandeliers, retro furniture and much more, all aimed at creating that unique Cosy Club experience. “We are open from 9am to 10pm,” said Alex Marsh, Operations Manager. “This morning we have customers who are workers just off their shift, and later we’ll have mothers who are straight in from the school run. So it will continue right through to evening dining”.
The primary consideration was how to best utilise a limited, narrow space. Fitting the kitchen into the restrictions of this Grade II listed building has been the responsibility of Jim Stevens, Managing Director of Tailormade. “We have been with the Loungers right from the start and this is our 17th new site, and each one presents a different challenge.”
Jim Stevens decided to install three Foster FPS2HR’s in a line; a solution which gave the staff ample preparation space and also kept the produce at their fi ngertips. The premises also benefi tted from a Foster low energy EcoPro coldroom.
Jim’s success with Loungers has been down to providing the whole service, from design, project management, installation and maintenance. “I want my customers coming back for more. You can only do that by providing the right equipment and service.”
The added sustainability value is an important part of the Cosy Club ethos, with much of its furniture and fittings being reclaimed rather than new. Foster equipment, British made in a low carbon factory, was a natural choice. The Foster products deliver signifi cant energy savings to the Cosy Club and signifi cantly reduce carbon emissions.
Jim Stevens continued: “Energy prices have doubled in the last five years and that’s less than the life of a fridge; and there’s no reason to expect that this trend will not continue in the future. Obviously, Foster products help to deliver ever increasing savings to our customers”.
Business at the Stamford club has exceeded all expectations and new sites are planned to give us all more of that eccentric Cosy experience.