Thursday, October 6, 2022

News: Further food firm for Forge Island


Local restaurant chain, Cow & Cream has exchanged a lease contract with national developer, Muse, to open a brand-new eatery on Forge Island in Rotherham town centre.

The team behind the burger, shake and dessert restaurant has created a concept that aims to combine the freshest ingredients cooked to order. What’s more, restaurant-goers will be able to completely personalise their food with a range of choices to make it their own.

The signing is hot on the hooves of the Thistle Group deal, which will bring four exciting brands to Forge Island.

These new eateries will be joining boutique cinema operator, The Arc, and national hotel chain, Travelodge, who have already signed up to anchor the scheme.

Construction is expected to start this month after Rotherham Council decides on which way to fund the regeneration scheme.

Raife Gale, senior development manager at Muse, said: “Since launching Forge Island on the market earlier this year, we’ve seen huge demand from occupiers that want to open in Rotherham. This is a ringing endorsement of our mission to work in partnership with the council, to bring a great choice of amenities and a social purpose to the places where we work.

“We can’t wait to get on site later this year to create an attractive leisure destination for the people of Rotherham. We believe that Forge Island will be the catalyst for further regeneration and investment in the town.”

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “It’s great news that local business Cow & Cream will be joining the likes of Arc Cinema and Travelodge on Forge Island. Cow & Cream, along with the other new cafes and restaurants will bring a variety of cuisines from around the world for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Forge Island will provide a gateway for residents to enjoy new – and old favourite – leisure facilities, including our wonderful green spaces and parks.”

Cow & Cream was launched by partners John Dunning and Rob Green in 2021 with the opening of a first restaurant at the Peel Retail Park in Barnsley. A second site at Crystal Peaks opened earlier this year.

Cow & Cream website
Forge Island website

Images: Cow & Cream / Facebook


Anonymous,  October 7, 2022 at 9:48 AM  

So that's a Five Guys rip off to add to the Nandos rip off, I take it Rotherham couldn't attract the actual chains?

Chris,  October 7, 2022 at 1:14 PM  

Maybe we should be celebrating small, independent businesses opening up... Not slating them before they've even opened? Part of the reason town centres are struggling is because people favour massive, faceless corporations, instead of visiting small local companies (in my opinion)

Martin,  October 7, 2022 at 2:28 PM  

This will be their 3rd branch so it's clearly an up and coming chain. It also makes more sense to have different brands. It would not be commercially viable to open multiple branches of the same restaurant within Rotherham given the small catchment area.

Anonymous,  October 7, 2022 at 5:45 PM  

Can't people just be positive for a change. Why even think such a negative thought. Just be happy something is actually being done and let's hope this is a new beginning for our once proud but struggling town.

Anonymous,  October 7, 2022 at 6:17 PM  

I prefer smaller chains tbh, they generally have more incentive to better serve customers than the big chains. Just look at the Brecks, used to be a nice place to eat now its an overpriced joke!

Anonymous,  October 8, 2022 at 2:02 PM  

What is the point of offering the same as every other town/ city. We will have a different offering in terms of the style of cinema and eateries that may attract out of town customers especially with the problems at Cineworld. This is positive news so be thankful instead of always moaning.

Anonymous,  October 10, 2022 at 11:03 AM  

I prefer smaller chains or independents too but the fact is, the vast majority of the general public are sheep, that's why the big chains are so popular. They'll still carry on going to the likes of Meadowhall.

Anonymous,  October 10, 2022 at 3:43 PM  

This is excellent news.
Better than the big chains.
Something different to meadowhall.
I think the Council and Muse have done very well.
There is a demand for forge island,places like the big smoke and George Wright show this l,this is only good news for rotherham regardless of the doomsayers and there opinion of Rotherham who more than likely do not even come in to the town but seem to know all about it, there comments on Facebook show they dont.

Anonymous,  October 10, 2022 at 4:11 PM  

Rotherham town centre needs new restaurants and more quality bars,then it will compete with other towns on the night out scene.

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