A STAR studded launch accompanied the opening of Chester Race Company’s first off site bar and restaurant.
Man United striker and horse stables owner Michael Owen, from Northop, was among guests at The Weighing Room in Commonhall Street along with Granada and ITN newsreader Lucy Meacock from Chester.
The Weighing Room, formerly The Pelican, opened its doors to the public last week and held a drinks party on Friday night for invited guests.
The venture follows the opening of the Race Company’s 1539 restaurant four years ago which recently picked up a Gold Award at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Awards.
Chester Race Company Richard Thomas, who has always been a fan of the venue, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us. With our expertise in delivering great dining experiences we believe The Weighing Room is a great opportunity for us to expand our business and to provide Chester with a new and unique bar concept.”
Catering manager Phil Doherty said the new concept included the dining experience which features a European-themed menu with Tapas-style small plates.
The Weighing Room promises a wine, Champagne and cocktail list unrivalled in the city.
Phil said the interior had been stripped back to bare brick, with new soft furnishings and a make-over for the upstairs which had been turned into an exclusive lounge. The outdoor terrace area has been tidied up.
Explaining the need for the Race Company to diversify, Mr Doherty explained: “There are only 15 days a year, that’s the maximum so the growth has to come from other areas.”
The Race Company marketing machine will be used to raise awareness of The Weighing Room given its location just off the main Bridge Street.