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Brasserie-style restaurant to open at Birmingham's Custard Factory

30 November 2009 by
Brasserie-style restaurant to open at Birmingham's Custard Factory

The developers behind the Custard Factory in Birmingham's Digbeth have secured a local operator to open a brasserie-style restaurant at the arts and media centre.

Locally-born brothers Steven and Matthew Gilbert will open Matthews of Birmingham on 8 December, offering all-day dining including an a la carte evening menu.

Matthew Gilbert, head chef, said the menu would offer "reworked classical recipes along with my own inventions using the highest quality and freshest ingredients".

The 40-seat restaurant will include a separate bar and a 20-seat conference facility, available for private hire.

Simpson's restaurant in the city, expressed doubts that it would be a success.

"The Custard Factory's location isn't great. The venue has struggled over the years and, from a business point of view, whoever takes on a restaurant there will risk a lot," he warned.

But head of business Steven Gilbert insisted that the Custard Factory was a "genuinely interesting location" that would provide the perfect home for Matthews.

"The people working within the site and the surrounding area give it a great sense of energy," he said. "It is only a short walk from the city centre, has good transport links and easy access to car parking."

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