The developers of Milburngate have reached agreement with Mitchells & Butlers to bring its Miller & Carter steakhouse, to their premium Durham City development.
Expected to create in the region of 30 new jobs, the 5,200 sq ft restaurant will be set across two floors, including a mezzanine, with stunning views overlooking Durham’s riverside and the historic Cathedral and Castle.
Serving more than one million premium-grade beef steaks each year, which are carefully selected from cattle reared on sustainable British farms and traceable from field to plate, Miller & Carter has become one of Britain’s best-known steak restaurants.
Miller & Carter represents the latest in a series of high-quality leisure and hospitality brands that have chosen to locate to Milburngate. These include the Everyman boutique cinema and Pitcher & Piano, as well as Premier Inn’s 92-bed hotel incorporating their new concept restaurant Bar + Block, detailed planning for which has recently been submitted.
The developers are also in talks with other premium operators to pre-let the remaining space within phase one of the retail and leisure element at Milburngate, where a limited number of high-specification, river frontage units remain available.
This landmark development in Durham City, which is being developed by Arlington Real Estate and the Richardson family, will create a regionally-significant destination and lead to the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs, as well as enhancing the leisure, business and residential opportunities in the area.
Ginny Uttley, Acquisitions Manager at Mitchells and Butlers, said “We are delighted to be a part of this new development in Durham and look forward to another successful Miller and Carter opening.”
Ben Holmes, Director at Richardsons, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this agreement with Mitchells & Butlers to bring its Miller & Carter brand to the heart of County Durham and expand the presence of the brand further across the North East region. Its steak restaurants have gained an excellent reputation across the country, which will be supported by its arrival in Durham City at Milburngate.”
Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “Miller & Carter is renowned for locating its restaurants in unique and visually-impressive buildings, meaning it’s a perfect fit for Milburngate. It’s also a highly-respected restaurant that complements our other occupiers, as well as providing a new dining experience for locals and visitors. We continue to actively engage with quality brands like Miller & Carter to ensure Milburngate meets our ambition for it to become the finest retail and leisure destination in the North East.”
The joint venture is currently engaged in a pre-qualification process with potential construction partners and following the completion of this in the coming weeks, an invitation to submit tenders from shortlisted contractors will be issued.