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Coal Grill and Bar celebrate new restaurant with launch party

PUBLISHED: 15:24 06 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 February 2013

Marcel Choules (Lord Mayor of Exeter) and John Gater (CEO, Charterhouse Leisure Ltd) shaking hands.

Marcel Choules (Lord Mayor of Exeter) and John Gater (CEO, Charterhouse Leisure Ltd) shaking hands.

80 VIP guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés at a special launch party in Coal Grill & Bar on Tuesday 15th June, to celebrate the arrival of the hottest new name in the city, located just off the main square in Princesshay.

80 VIP guests enjoyed cocktails and canaps at a special launch party in Coal Grill & Bar on Tuesday 15th June, to celebrate the arrival of the hottest new name in the city, located just off the main square in Princesshay.

Group Managing Director John Gater welcomed guests before giving a short speech on the concept of Coal and how hes grown the portfolio to 7 restaurants since launching in 2007. The Lord Mayor of Exeter was in attendance and shared a few words on how pleasing it was to see Coal open in the city before wishing them luck as they embark on their first few months.

John Gater, Managing Director of Coal Grill & Bar, Exeter was definitely on our wish list of cities to bring the Coal brand to but it was a matter of waiting for the right location. When I heard about the opportunity to open up in Princesshay in such a signature location with the Cathedral as a backdrop I didnt think twice! Feedback from the locals has been great so far and as a team we want to build a reputation in the city for fantastic, fresh and locally sourced food and our unbeatable customer service.

The new restaurant which has created 45 new jobs in Exeter sources meat and produce from the Devon Cooperative where local livestock farmers rear contented, well cared for classic breed stock. The meat is carefully selected then aged before it is served.

Derek Philips, Chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce said, Coal offer something new and different for Exeter and after getting a flavour of the menu at the launch party Im sure the new restaurant will be a hit with diners in the city.

All of the menus in Coal are developed by Group Executive Chef, Antonio Dias, who is originally from Coimbra, north of Lisbon, Portugal. Antonio mixes his Mediterranean roots with his passion for cooking to produce the range of delicious items available on Coals menus including their famous one minute steak and chips with garlic herb butter or seared tuna, crab and lime butter with green beans. He regularly develops and enhances the menus on offer in order to bring the Coal customers seasonal products and diversity.

Coal Grill and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing the perfect venue for a quick coffee and a danish, a sit down meal or a birthday celebration. Coal Grill and Bars website enables customers to book online in order to avoid disappointment. Their 7.45 two course prix fixe menu, available weekdays 12-5pm, epitomises Coals fantastic choice of food at reasonable price points.

The first Coal Grill and Bar branch was opened in Wimbledon in Spring 07 and was quickly followed by others in Basingstoke, Sheffield and Bristol. This year,

three further sites have already been opened in Bristol, Guildford and of course, Exeter. A further 5 sites are currently under the final stages of negotiation.

The quality of the product, coupled with competitive pricing and value driven menus, has been the key to Coals success.


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