An iconic restaurant on the Lancashire border is set to be transformed into a chic new restaurant.
Nutters restaurant near Edenfield and featuring chef Andrew Nutter’s award-winning cuisine closed in October due to “tremendous suffering” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It had been operating for nearly 30 years and was famous for its lavish parties.
New plans have been unveiled to transform the fine dining establishment into the new Albert’s Norden. It will include a huge new modern extension to sit next to the old Wolstenholme Hall where the restaurant was previously based, a spectacular new dining area and outdoor terraces.
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In the proposals, Albert’s Restaurant will be in a modern, glass-fronted extension that will offer incredible views from its hilltop location. The design of the proposed building will closely follow in the footsteps of Albert’s Standish which was opened by the group last year, reports MEN.
Chef Andrew said the lockdown turmoil and ongoing staffing crisis in the hospitality industry influenced the decision to sell and “come out at the top of the game”. The restaurant, which sits in a large plot of land at the top of a hill on Edenfield Road, has been sold to independent group Albert’s and they are hoping to get approval for the new plans so work can start ‘soon’.
The proposed scheme will include the demolition of some of the extensions made in the 1980s to the site, to create a new design to “exploit the distant views available”. Inside the former hall itself, the plan is to develop it into a “variety of function spaces” capable of hosting a range of events from small private parties to large corporate and corporate events. wedding ceremonies and receptions.
It will also include the use of the restaurant’s first floor space for the grand main reception hall which will provide stunning views for wedding guests and events. This will allow within the construction of two reception rooms that can accommodate up to 80 guests and up to 150 guests.
The main restaurant will be in the huge modern extension that the bosses hope to build on the existing car park on the site. It will seat up to 180 guests, including all-weather terraces taking advantage of the stunning countryside views.
The creation of the new building will allow Albert’s to “re-create the existing Albert model in a clean, modern and contemporary style, so that the development is recognizable as an Albert restaurant, while respecting and responding to the character of the existing building and the context of the site. “
In the design statement for the proposals, it said: “Applicant, Elle R Leisure, is a long-standing and experienced operator of several leisure venues, including four Albert restaurants in Manchester city centre, Standish, Worsley and Didsbury. If the application is successful, this will become the fifth site.”
“The first Albert’s Restaurant was launched in 2004 with the state’s goal: ‘To provide quality food to local customers at a reasonable price in a sharp, modern space with friendly, unpretentious service.’ been continued since and it had earned a loyal clientele, which they are looking to expand by moving to Norden.”
The “provision of attractive outdoor spaces” is fundamental to the success of the project, according to the plans. And they hope it will make Albert’s Norden a “place of destination” for the region.
Removing the old extensions will allow patrons to create a full-width terrace to cross the hall. And, key to the plans, will allow direct access from all event and dining spaces to the terraces and those stunning views.
The car park will be moved to the east of the site, using a former overflow car park which will be modernized and new paved walkways for customers to access the restaurant.
Like the former Nutters restaurant, the site has been hugely successful and has been recommended in many food guides, including the Michelin Guide. So it came as a huge shock when an announcement was made on the restaurant’s social media feeds in October 2021 citing the “extremely difficult” two years of lockdown.
Chef and owner Andrew had won numerous awards during his career, as well as appearing on TV cooking shows like Ready Steady Cook and having his own series Utter Nutter on Channel Five over the years. After the final service, Andrew said he needed to explore the world of private dining.
He told MEN at the time: “I plan to attend events and have private dinners at people’s homes in various places around the world. It’s not all dark. We wanted to be on top .”
Nutters moved to its current home in historic Wolstenholme Hall in 2003, where it quickly became known for its modern British menu with a French influence.
The existing building is a three-storey Victorian residence, built by George Goodwin of Staffordshire in 1850 as a Gothic-style mansion called Wolstenholme Hall. It was situated on six and a half acres of land on its hilltop location in Norden.
The building was used as a hospital between 1920 and 1977 and after being abandoned for many years the building was purchased in the 1980s by Whitbread who restored the building and added substantial extensions to the ground floor, before to become Nutters in 2003.
Plans for Albert’s Restaurant and Bar Norden, to give it the full title, were submitted to Rochdale Borough Council this week. The site redevelopment proposals were the subject of a pre-file submission, which was made in November 2021.