There’s no denying it’s been a tough time for hospitality, but Coventry has still managed to serve up plenty of new openings when it comes to food and drink in 2021.
So far this year the city has welcomed plenty of new places, from independent eateries to big chains making their long-awaited arrival.
Burgers are big in Coventry this year, with 7Bone bringing its dirty burgers and thick shakes to Hay Lane. A chain with locations across the country, it’s known for the memorable names of its burgers, from ‘Ronald’s Revenge’ to the ‘Donnie J Trump’.
Another chain to come to the city is Five Guys, which opened in Cathedral Lanes in June, bringing its customisable burgers, fries and shakes to Coventry.
Smash burger chain Phat Buns is also planning an appearance in the city, with a venue set to open in the city centre soon.
If you’re not a burger fan but a big name still whets your appetite, you’ll be glad to hear that Caribbean chain Turtle Bay is coming to Coventry this year. Recruitment has already started, with 68 people already securing roles ahead of the restaurant’s opening in August when you can enjoy everything from bottomless brunch to food inside as well as in a large outdoor area.
When it comes to street food, this year has already seen the opening of Factory at FarGo Village, Coventry’s first dedicated indoor and outdoor street food venue. It’s already proven a hit with locals and people from further afield, serving up everything from burgers to pizzas, paneer wraps and pancakes from local traders.
If it’s more of a sit-down dining experience you’re after, The Loft opened earlier this year. Slightly out of the city centre in the art deco Rialto Plaza, it serves up simple, seasonal restaurant food at brunch, lunch and dinner in a cosy, neighbourhood-style restaurant.
Another new restaurant set to join the Coventry scene is Metropolis, which will take over the former Drapers Bar in the Cathedral Quarter and give it a 1920s art deco makeover. As well as promising a great dining experience, Metropolis will also provide training and experience to youngsters who are not in employment, education or training.
A new addition to the food and drink scene for 2021 also includes the Spon Street Market, which brings together businesses, traders and producers from Coventry and the local area in one of the city’s most historic settings. There have already been two events, with more lined up.
To find out more about the great food and drink on offer in Coventry & Warwickshire, visit Ellen’s blog at Eat with Ellen (www.eatwithellen.com)