Plans have been unveiled for an exciting new high-quality spirit and cocktail bar at the heart of Middlesbrough’s regenerating town centre.
Business partners Matthew Lewis and Simon Hatfield say The Nuthatch is expected to open in Bedford Street next February.
The Nuthatch is among eight new businesses already confirmed for the “21st Century culinary bazaar” on Bedford Street, modelled on London’s busy Borough Market, including a Mexican restaurant, gourmet pizza kitchen, coffee specialist, bakery, pie shop, a micro-pub and smoked meat restaurant.
Artist impressions of The Nuthatch (below) show its industrial-artisan décor, with a centerpiece wood burner and a showpiece bar surrounded by stools so you can watch the Bartenders in action.
The new bar will focus on high-quality spirits, with over 100 available alongside a specially crafted cocktail menu with classics and some signature twists.
Simon (pictured above, right, with Matthew on Bedford Street) already operates The Townhouse on Linthorpe Road and Tiny on Albert Road in the town.
“We’re really excited to be joining the new wave of bars and restaurants in Bedford Street and the already established bars on Baker Street,” he said.
“Over the last five years Middlesbrough has sadly seen a decline in the number of pubs and bars.
“But 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.
“It’s 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 nor 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.
“We think The Nuthatch will complement the town’s current offering of establishments.
“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.
He said: “In creating the interior we have been fortunate to have been given a blank canvas by the developers.
“We have tried our best to take in the latest ‘trends’, without creating something which will be outdated in a year or two.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!”
Middlesbrough Council earlier this year approved £250,000 of cash to pay for improvements on Bedford Street similar to neighbouring Baker Street, and an action plan for the area was set out in March.
The Baker Street project has seen 12 new independent businesses with a further 12 existing businesses supported.
It has brought 17 properties back into use or redeveloped resulting in the street becoming fully occupied.
You can find out more about The Nuthatch at their Facebook page.