The Steering Group of Trentham South Residents’ Association have invited Andy Slee, the Area Manager for Titanic Brewers to their August meeting to discuss Titanic’s plans for the site. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact the Residents’ Association as soon as possible. The meeting will be held on Monday August 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm but seating is limited.
Titanic’s plans for the site
Titanic Brewery plan to create a ‘bod’ café bar in the old NatWest Building at Trentham. This area is of great interest to us with our café bar concept due to the large number of local residents and the apparent lack of a community hub in the local area.
In Trentham there are a few residential estates all very close in proximity to the venue. There are local schools on the door step within walking distance. We hope this means that customers will favour walking or even cycling to visit bod Trentham. We have plans for two sets cycle parking to help promote this, especially being so close to the canal network too which is always popular with cyclists.
We appreciate the concern over parking and traffic and to help reassure residents, we conducted a survey in two of our existing premises on how people get to us which confirmed our assumptions as the majority of people who took the survey walked to their local.
Most of our Titanic venues have very limited or no parking at all available and this hasn’t caused us any issues up until now so we anticipate this will also not be an issue in Trentham. We think the main reason for this is that we create local pubs and café bars that sit in the heart of their local communities, this has always been and always will be one of the most important factors for us at our sites, meaning a place for you, the local residents as apposed to people coming from further afield.
Our layout plans for Trentham have developed since our initial thoughts and we are delighted with our current and, in our eyes, almost final plan. The plan includes two bookable spaces, one of which will be a room available for use by local community groups. It was so encouraging to hear ideas of what the room could be booked for by residents who attended the Open Evening which included; knitting groups, book club, baby and toddler groups and even the option to host coffee mornings for local elderly residents in need of some company. We will be child friendly and will have baby change facilities and high chairs available. We will also be accessible for wheelchair users with an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
bod Trentham will be open from 8am in the morning for breakfasts, hot and soft drinks with the bar opening at 12noon daily serving alcohol. Our lunch menu will likely offer items such paninis, baguettes and salads as well as a range of cakes and come 6pm, there will be cold snacks available such as cheese platters, meat selection, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, houmous and nibbles etc. We will also cater for differing dietary requirements including; vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Our main thoughts on the limited evening offer is again to remove the possibly of people visiting us a ‘destination’ dining venue as our target is you, the local residents.
We plan to create outside seating areas to the front of the building (where the hole in the wall cash point used to be) on that patio area and also to the right side of the building where there is currently a grass section. There is a plan to have a set smoking section so that people can choose to sit in different areas if they wish. Talking about the old hole in the wall, we will be reinstating a free to use cash machine which will be located inside of bod.
We anticipate approx. 15 jobs to be created at bod Trentham, this will be a mixture of full time and part time positions. Details of recruitment will be posted on a Facebook page that we will be creating and also displayed in the old bank windows in due course.
We really hope this helps to answer any questions you may have but please feel free to email us if you would like to ask us anything else (no matter how small the query may seem!) at [email protected]