Cocktails, meze and a flower wall at new Cleethorpes bar Copper

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 May 2017

IN May 2015, Brett Smith opened a small bar in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes, in the hope that he could bring a little piece of the city to the seaside. Now he's about to launch venue number three. 

Having spent several years in and around Manchester, he was inspired by eateries offering English tapas-style dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, all served in a friendly, rustic environment. He opened People Bar & Kitchen in Cambridge Street's old dairy to high praise, mainly due to his own style of cooking, home-made sauces and innovative creations.

It was the perfect place to meet friends, relax, share a platter and enjoy a natter.

Early success saw Society open, a similar bar just a few doors down in Cambridge Street. Again, the vibe was hip and trendy, the decor in Brett's own, rustic style and the customer base similar to that of the People Bar.

Society was opened almost a year to the day after and it seems that a pattern is developing for the hardworking local lad as he goes for a hat-trick.

Copper is the newest venture and this is, without a shadow of a doubt, very different to the previous two.

Where Society and People Bar & Kitchen have the 'rock up and relax' vibe, Copper has a cool, slick feel with, unsurprisingly, an abundance of copper about the new seafront bar.

Brett said: "Ideas come to me when I least expect them and inspiration for Copper came about when I was in Manchester and saw a load of copper pipes on show.

"I thought, what better than to do the whole place in copper? And the name seemed logical, as it really does have a lot of copper in it!

"I also wanted a flower wall, which confused everyone to start with! I am a big believer in lots of heads coming together to create ideas, and after the initial strange looks I got from the team, we now have a flower wall which we think looks brilliant!"

While everyone is still working away, preparing for the opening of Copper on Wednesday, May 24, there have also been changes behind the scenes.

Cooking up a storm in the Copper kitchen will be chef Mark Olgeirsson while People Bar has acquired Lisa Wilkinson, formerly of the Kingsway Hotel.

A bit of a scoop for Society, a former chef from South Ferriby's Hope & Anchor and the famed Winteringham Fields, Nathan George, has joined the team so customers can be expecting some wonderful treats from both Cambridge Street bars and Copper, on Alexandra Road, in the coming weeks.

In addition to offering an abundance of cocktails, flavoured vodka, gin, whiskey and wine in the Copper bar, the menu will includes mouth-watering meze – small dishes to accompany alcoholic drinks, served from 1pm to 10pm – such as crispy fried cod cheeks with chilli jam, mozzarella affumiacata and calabrese picante.

'Slates' will include wood pigeon with broad bean and wild mint hummus or pan-seared scallops with pea and smoked bacon risotto while the breakfast menu has a Lincolnshire poached muffin listed, which includes Copper's own infused sausages, fried onion and mushroom mix, and a basket of breads with home-made preserves.

And fear not, the same principals as Society and People Bar will apply to Copper – everything will be sourced from respected local suppliers.

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