Bruce Gillingham Pollard acquire Anna Haugh’s first restaurant, Myrtle
Former Bob Bob Ricard and Gordon Ramsey chef Anna Haugh has opened her first restaurant, Myrtle. Her comforting, yet modern European approach with an Irish twist uses only the finest Irish produce.
Anna started her passion for cooking in her Dublin based home alongside her mother. Here she developed the basis of what was to become a highly successful and bright flair for food. She started cooking professionally for Derry Clarke at the Michelin starred L’Ecrivain and later adding both, two starred Pied a Terre and Philip Howard to her repertoire. Recently Anna has featured heavily on our TV screens, filming three series of Royal Recipes on BBC 1 and is a regular on the very popular Saturday Kitchen.
Now Anna is finally opening her own restaurant. Her menu offers classic Modern European cooking but with an Irish influence, as well as many fantastic British suppliers and ingredients sourced from the emerald isle.
Myrtle promises to provide cheeses from passionate family-lead mongers like St Tola and Mileens and fish from small fisheries that will be delivered every day. This as a result will make perfectly executed, yet warm and familiar dishes like Beef Wellington and Whole Roasted Sole.
At Myrtle, it’s a one team service. You may be lucky enough to have the kitchen come to the table for an explanation of the dish, or expert Sommelier Marianna Toro pour your wine. The 40-cover site is split across two floors, with a downstairs bar and upstairs mezzanine. The mezzanine is truly outstanding and even on a rainy day the light floods in.
Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted on behalf of Anna to help her acquire her sought after first site. Thea Rowe commented “It has been a delight to work alongside Anna to help with her long awaited first restaurant location. Anna’s character is truly enchanting and I know this comes across in her restaurant and food!”
Primark opens two huge new brick and mortar stores in one month
Is Primark the answer for the ailing High Street?
Bucking the trend for online shopping, Primark has defied the odds and opened two new stores in the UK in April, both ranking in the top five largest stores in the country. Bruce Gillingham Pollard who act for the landlord at Centre MK in Milton Keynes, have secured Primark a 75,000 sq ft site, which opened its doors on 16th April. Spread over 3 this brand new store includes a beauty studio and a personalisation service.
Just a week earlier, Primark opened the biggest Primark in the world in Birmingham. Taking over the former Pavillion Shopping Centre in its entirety, it covers 161,000 sq ft over five floors, and welcomed some 5000 customers through its doors on the first day trading. It features a Disney-themed cafe, a mens’ barber, a blow dry bar, a beauty studio and a personalisation service.
As a brand that has zero online presence, Primark could be one of the few operators who could help breathe new life into disused shopping centres and department stores. Indeed, they are already reinventing themselves in keeping with the current trend of offering other services alongside shopping.