Peterborough foodies are in for a treat from next month with the news that fine-dining Peterborough restaurant Clarkes is to move from it’s current Lincoln Road location to a prime spot in the city centre.
The new location puts us right in the heart of Peterborough’s restaurant scene with fantastic views across St John’s Square
The former HG’s / Grapevine pub is currently undergoing a serious makeover, being transformed into the new home for Peterborough’s only Michelin Guide-recognised restaurant. Whilst the address is technically Queen Street, most people know the location as Cathedral Square or St John’s Square.
Clarkes head chef, Lee Clarke got in touch and revealed some of the plans for the exciting move:
“The new location puts us right in the heart of Peterborough’s restaurant scene with fantastic views across St John’s Square.”
“With the larger restaurant we are able to offer more intimate dining and are adding both outside dining and a private dining room hosting a Chef’s Table experience.”
As well as the restaurant, the new Cathedral Square Clarkes will also provide a cookery school, giving budding chefs the chance to learn from Lee, creating the type of dishes that earned the restaurant a mention in the current Michelin Guide.
Clarkes in Cathedral Square is due to open on the 2nd of July and Lee was keen to stress that this is not the opening of a brand new Clarkes restaurant, but a move of the existing restaurant.
The announcement that Clarkes is due to move comes barely four weeks after the opening of Cafe Clarkes at the Key Theatre so it might feel that the Clarkes brand is taking over in Peterborough, which isn’t a bad thing as long as they maintain the high standard of food they’re known for.
I think the move has great potential for both Clarkes and the city centre, bringing a well-regarded independent restaurant into the mix of chain restaurants. After narrowly missing out on a Michelin star last year the move to a bigger, better building must be on Lee’s mind so let’s hope they can realise the dream!
What do you think? Will the Cathedral Square location encourage you to try Clarkes? Can an independent restaurant survive there with all the chain restaurant competition? Leave your comments below.