Award-winning wines, international beers and gourmet pies are being served up to customers at Stoke-on-Trent’s newest café-bar.
The Cellar Café Bar opened in Hanley yesterday (August 28) replacing the former Cookies Bar and Kitchen in Percy Street.
Owner Michael Caine hopes the café-bar will give the Potteries a taste of something different and exciting with its wide selection of beers and wines to tingle the taste buds.
The premises has been split into two sections, with the café-bar upstairs while the area downstairs will be used as a second bar and events space when it opens on September 24.
Michael, of Crewe, said the café-bar would also be offering homemade burgers and gourmet pies on its menu.
The 30-year-old said: “We want people to be experiencing things they just won’t be able to get anywhere else really.
“There isn’t a great deal in Hanley. There are a few places in Piccadilly doing very niche styles but their aim is around craft beer and that kind of stuff.
“We will be doing award-winning wines that nowhere else would be doing. We will be selling things no-one has seen or heard of anywhere else.
“I can’t see how everyone wouldn’t want to try something different. Doing what we are doing there will be something for everyone. Who doesn’t like burgers and pies?
“I’ve been here every day and a lot of work has gone into making this happen. Upstairs there will be a very casual eating experience. It’s somewhere people can have a drink, have something to eat; it’s fresh and funky.
“Downstairs the environment will be quiet and low lit where people can talk and have conversations and experience something that no one else is doing.”
The café-bar will be working with local distilleries as well as breweries from all over the world to give drinkers an international experience. There will also be a premium selection of spirits on offer – all at affordable prices.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the maximum capacity currently allowed in the café-bar is 60 people and it will be table service. There will also be a track and trace system in place.
Michael added: “This is the best time to open because it’s the Bank Holiday weekend. I hope it is received well and people get it.
“I trust that people will behave themselves and do what they need to do to make everyone safe.
“I hope to be as busy as the places around us, I really want to establish a breakfast trade and a lunch environment where people can get something that is homemade and affordable.
“We really want to get downstairs into the right environment and to do tasting events and other events like music and open mic nights; we want to create a place where people can go and do something and it won’t cost them a lot of money.
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“Hanley is missing a lot of things that major cities have and people of the town feel a bit like they are not getting what they want out of a town centre.
“It’s supposed to be a place where you can go and do lots of things but we just don’t have much of that in Hanley.”
The opening hours for the Cellar Café Bar will be Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 8pm, while Friday and Saturday hours are 12pm to 9.30pm.