On 4 Mar 2017 at 5:14pm Fed up,with Italian wrote:
Good to see that Cote has obtained planning permission for a new Cote restaurant in the old Lloyds Bank building.
On 4 Mar 2017 at 5:49pm D' Azure wrote:
On 4 Mar 2017 at 5:59pm Busty bar maid wrote:
On 4 Mar 2017 at 6:57pm Lewes Resident wrote:
Brilliant news! Great for the top part of Lewes and a really good restaurant at last!
On 4 Mar 2017 at 7:16pm Pedro wrote:
The Aqua jokes will soon be replaced by "Cote" jokes. Yay.
On 4 Mar 2017 at 8:21pm Tim wrote:
Cote, "a really good restaurant". Are you sure? Its nothing more than generic restaurant / bistro food.
On 4 Mar 2017 at 8:55pm Marco wrote:
Great news, Cote is a far better restaurant than Aqua.
On 4 Mar 2017 at 10:42pm Haward wrote:
Sorry but what is Cote? Never heard of them
On 4 Mar 2017 at 11:06pm Hyena wrote:
If I fancy a meal at Aqua or Cote is it OK to park outside Laura Ashley?
On 5 Mar 2017 at 7:36am Tim wrote:
Côte is one of the fastest growing and innovative restaurant businesses in the UK, providing consistently high-quality, freshly-prepared food in a modern bistro inspired setting. The restaurants are committed to sourcing seasonal and high-quality ingredients, and to providing an exceptional dining experience for customers. The Company has been built up from launch in 2007 to 67 restaurants today by the senior management team, led by Alex Scrimgeour (Joint MD), Harald Samuelsson (Joint MD) and Paul Aitchison (CFO).
Matthew Tooth, a Senior Partner at BC Partners, commented: “Côte is an outstanding business, led by a hugely talented management team who are incredibly passionate about delivering high quality food, in an appealing environment and at very attractive prices. We look forward to backing the team to continue the roll-out of the highly successful Côte format, as well as supporting them in potentially developing or acquiring other restaurant concepts.”
Alex Scrimgeour, Managing Director at Côte, commented: “I am delighted that we have found a new partner in BC Partners. They have an impressive track record in helping business to grow and develop their full potential, and we are excited about taking the business to the next level with their support.”
On 5 Mar 2017 at 9:29am Egon wrote:
Just another chain then...
On 5 Mar 2017 at 11:07am We'vehadourfun wrote:
Hi Tim. How long have you worked for cote? I would get a strong strategy together for this forum as it a dangerous, out of control bear pit disguised as a bit of banter. You have been warned.....
On 5 Mar 2017 at 11:12am Historian wrote:
Whilst Cote is popular, we have had two occasions in Brighton where the food has been cold, although we were warned not to touch the plates as they were very hot, they weren't !! Admittedly on complaining they were reheated and we weren't charged, however its off our list now, and is probably a victim of its own success.
On 5 Mar 2017 at 11:29am Tim wrote:
We'vehadourfun, you had better believe me. The only restaurants I use are Nopi, Rules and Mark Hix's Oyster and Fish House.
On 6 Mar 2017 at 12:08pm Dim wrote:
What a limited list, Tim. You must not be much of a fan of eating out.
On 6 Mar 2017 at 6:32pm Tim wrote:
Quality, not quantity, Dim.
On 6 Mar 2017 at 7:49pm Quim wrote:
Have you tried the clams @fish house ?
On 7 Mar 2017 at 12:51pm Dim wrote:
Fair enough but limiting yourself to only three restaurants is a bit blinkered, given there are hundreds of really good ones in this country alone. Also it must be a pain having to go all the way to London or Lyme Regis every time you fancy a meal out. Weirdly you're limiting yourself to three places that whilst certainly nice, are far from the best London has to offer. If you're feeling brave, try Chez Bruce next time you're up there.
On 7 Mar 2017 at 2:13pm David wrote:
I've been to one in Birmingham a few times. Always very good.
On 7 Mar 2017 at 9:27pm Hoof Arted wrote:
The last thing Lewes needs is another "chain" restaurant; in a town blessed with many fine independent shops we needs small, independent restaurants too. Mind you, we could do with a decent Italian......
On 8 Mar 2017 at 10:05am Observer wrote:
What Lewes really needs is a good Modern British restaurant (like Hix, Jason Atherton's Social, Angler etc) which really showcases Sussex produce, food and drink.
It could have some sort of rule about 90% of food being sourced from within the county.
In the cities many restaurants have now cottoned on to the idea that British food is no longer a no-go, and that serving local food and traditional recipes (albeit with a modern twist) is actually very popular.
Lewes should be doing this - perfectly positioned to do so. Don't understand why it hasn't!
Instead more French, Italian mediocrity (I've got no problem with this; just I think that people accept mediocre and generic Italian food / drink ('cos it's Italian innit and must be good')
On 8 Mar 2017 at 10:23am Observer wrote:
I meant "I have no problem with French and Italian cuisines"....
On 15 Mar 2017 at 6:03am Clarified Butler wrote:
Observer- couldn't agree more! The problem as I see it is as much about demand as supply I think. Lewes diners seem to suffer from the same gastronomic identity crisis as Brighton. The pubs are either churning out mediocre 'staples' or trying desperately to appropriate gimmicky ways to sell fairly boring food i.e. tapas...other than that it's just safe stuff like pizza/curry/chinese.
As much as we think we are a loyal bunch, proud of our town and of our area, a restaurant selling good local food would probably struggle even f someone had the balls to start one. If you look at a lot of the really exciting restaurants London now, they almost all focus on simplicity and quality of ingredients. We just don't have the right kind of dining culture for that unfortunately.