Fresh Approach Restaurant at Bents Garden & Home celebrates 15-year anniversary

To celebrate the occasion a giant home-made cake was cut and shared with customers, along with celebratory glasses of bucks fizz.

Bents’ scones, which sell more than 2,000 per week, were available throughout the day at 2001 prices.  

Bents managing director Matthew Bent said: "Where has the time gone?  It seems like no time at all since we were making plans for our new restaurant and now here we are already celebrating its 15th anniversary.  We are hugely proud of the Fresh Approach Restaurant and the fantastic team who work tirelessly to deliver what we think is the best food and service in the industry."

When it opened in September 2001 the Fresh Approach Restaurant was a £1m investment, 400 seat restaurant and "initiated major change throughout the industry".

It now has 22 chefs and 60 front of house staff, for the 900 seat restaurant.  It forms the centrepiece to Bents’ extensive dining offering which includes a further five dining options including: Café Lago, Caffe nel Verde, Tapas Bar and The Pet Place; in total providing over 1,210 covers and serving an average monthly footfall of 110,000 customers.

Bent said: "Our Balcony Coffee Shop was opened to sceptical comments within the industry but it soon established a reputation for quality homemade food, all freshly prepared on the premises with great customer service; all of which formed the building blocks for the Fresh Approach and are as important as ever as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary."

Bents have plans to expand to meet footfall.

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