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Appeal to help name new restaurant in much loved Staffordshire venue

Chef Proprietor Nigel Dobson, Old School House

The much loved Old School House venue in Weeford near Lichfield is appealing to locals to help them name their newly refurbished restaurant for launch early 2013.

After over 25 years of family ownership, Chef Proprietor Nigel Dobson has announced he is to buck the National trends and invest over £200,000 in a newly refurbished restaurant and bar, set to launch February 2013.

The renovation will include a complete interior refurbishment, new menus, as well as featuring a brand new name for the restaurant.

Chef Proprietor Nigel Dobson comments “We have enjoyed great success as a restaurant, as well as events and wedding venue in our “Pavillion” marquee suite over a quarter of a Century , and continue to be thrilled by the support we have received from both the local community and those further afield. It’s now time to invest in the future. Our aim with the renovation is to retain the charm, service and excellent food that we pride ourselves on, whilst offering our customers a new stylish, contemporary setting and impressive new menus. What better way than to thank our customers by asking them to help us with a new name.”

Nigel, 56, who’s career as a renowned Chef for more almost 40 years has taken him from London’s fashionable Mayfair, to the chic European culture of Amsterdam and the bustling highs of New York is now investing in the long established family business, both his own money and his vast culinary knowledge, into the launch of the Old School House restaurant in early 2013.

Chef Proprietor Nigel added “The style of food will be more relaxed, whilst keeping the same familiar service, and focus on quality ingredients, but the menu will be more ‘Brasserie style’ with sharing platters and light bites, alongside some old favourites, as well as influences from my years of travelling around the world, as well as some of my favourite culinary haunts in the UK. We have been speaking with some of the best local and regional suppliers to source Staffordshire finest meats, including great steaks, and even my much loved homemade pies will feature. We will also be specialising in fresh Fish – I love going to Birmingham Market to source some of the freshest fish in the UK. Our customers tell us the new menu ideas are just what they are needing right now in what appears to be another year of austerity in 2013, but many want to return to familiar places with friends to enjoy good quality produce, served with a genuine smile.”

The Old School House – which started life as a primary school at the turn of the Century – serviced the local children for 60 years before being converted into a guesthouse. In 1984, local chef and businessman, Nigel Dobson’s family purchased the property, transforming it into a fine eatery, attracting support from the local community as well as regular international clients from Birmingham Airport.

The Old School House, which sits on 11 acres of privately owned grounds, will boast a new restaurant which will generate full time jobs, and new business for local building contractors.

“It means a great deal to me to invest in the community – from locally sourced fresh produce, to our current renovation project – I feel it important to support local business during this tough, current economic climate as see this the perfect time to invest in this much loved property that has been in our family for many years – it’s time to put my own mark on the business.”

Appeal to help name the restaurant. Locals can become involved with the naming of their new restaurant by logging a potential name choice on to: www.nametherestaurant.co.uk and the person who chooses the winning name will win a VIP invite to the launch and a meal for up to ten diners off the exciting new menus..

The ‘Pavillion’ will remain open during the refurbishment for diners and events.

For more information on the Old School House visit: www.oldschoolhouse.co.uk

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