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Spotlight on ... Metropolis Coventry

Published: Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Metropolis Restaurant Coventry

This year has seen a flurry of new restaurants in Coventry and one of the most recent is Metropolis.

Metropolis is a new restaurant whose home is the former Drapers Bar that gives training and opportunities to young people as well as serving up food and drink in the heart of the city. What makes this restaurant extra special is their partnership with HCT (Historic Coventry Trust) and that in addition to the work with young people, 50% of all profits go to the charity to develop further community projects within the city. 

Here’s everything you need to know about one of Coventry’s newest additions.

Where is Metropolis?

Metropolis is on Earl Street in the building previously known as Drapers Bar as well as also going by the name Browns in the past. The building was gifted to the Historic Coventry Trust by its owners, the Alan Edward Higgs Charity, as part of a city regeneration project and has now been given a 1920s Art Deco makeover and reopened as a restaurant that is about a bit more than just the food.

Just a short walk from the Assembly Festival Garden, home to plenty of City of Culture events, as well as all other attractions and highlights in Coventry city centre, it’s well-placed for a lunch or dinner while you’re taking in other experiences in the city.

What kind of food does Metropolis serve?

Metropolis offers three different menus - carnivore, vegetarian and vegan. Each runs along the same lines, with alternatives where needed. Begin your meal with starters like bruschetta or soup of the day, or even a starter-sized portion of the risotto of the day.

For main course you can choose from classics like fish and chips or sausage and mash or tuck into one of the several burgers that are up for grabs. Metropolis’ signature kebabs are also well worth a try, served with fries and flatbread topped with tomato, red onion and homemade lemon and mustard coleslaw.

If you all want to dig in, you can try their sharing platters - again slightly different depending on which menu you’re opting for, while sides include a tempting selection of dirty fries.

Finish off with something sweet - chocolate brownie or fruit crumble, or maybe go savoury with a cheeseboard. Metropolis also offers a lunch menu, a kids’ menu and has a Sunday lunch menu too.

What drinks can I get at Metropolis?


As well as food, Metropolis offers a broad range of drinks from mocktails and cocktails to wine, beer and soft drinks. They have a whole range of draught and bottled beers and ciders, as well as a fairly hefty choice of gins and other spirits.

If cocktails take your fancy, try some of the classics from the list, or get your hands on specials like the Coventry 2021 special, ‘Culture Shock’. Again inclusivity is at the heart of everything here, with a Pride Weekend special on the list too. There’s a dedicated menu of margaritas in a range of flavours as well as mocktails for the designated driver in the group.

What makes Metropolis restaurant different?

Metropolis isn’t just another restaurant. It’s also a training ground for young people. It’s the brainchild of PET-Xi Restaurants, part of PET-Xi training, which aims to change lives and empower learners through education and employment.

The restaurant gives young people who aren’t in employment, education or training the opportunity to learn ‘on the job’, getting vital experience in hospitality so they can go on to build a career. A quick chat with duty manager Jo Newell and it’s clear that the enthusiasm for helping young people get a leg up and explore possible careers in hospitality extends beyond PET-Xi founders Fleur Sexton and Dave Lewis and runs through all levels of the organisation.

Sexton and Lewis both put inclusivity at the heart of what they do, and as well as using Metropolis to provide training for young people in Coventry, they have also taken the opportunity to breathe life back into an empty space in the city centre.

Their aim is to make Metropolis a destination for the city, offering good food during the City of Culture Year and beyond. Not just great food, but a legacy for the city too.

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