See inside the re-imagined Cleethorpes deli and bar Folk that's now serving up music, wine and cocktails

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Mar 2019

Evolving Cleethorpes venue Folk has been re-imagined, with music, wine and cocktails the headline changes.

Brett Smith’s first addition to his original People Bar, it started life as Society, now established on the High Street.

Now the deli it reverted to on Cambridge Street has metamorphosised again, as the entrepreneurial owner balances his offer.

“Call it what you want - bar, bistro, deli, wine bar, cocktail lounge - it doesn’t matter to us, I think what’s important is people understand what they are doing to be greeted with when they walk in and that’s a relaxed, comfortable, welcoming environment with a keen eye on delivering great food, music and of course a plethora of drinks,” he said.

The outdoor area at Folk, in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes (Image: Folk)

Folk has specialised in supplying both an eat in and takeaway menu from breakfast through to evening meals, using the finest of world cheeses, cured meats, homemade breads, dips, chutneys and other accompaniments.

“This hasn’t changed,” Brett said, “The food element, although a new menu, is still focused around those great products, believe us when we say this, you will not get a better glass of wine while eating the finest of antipasti board and hearing the best of sounds; we’ve developed the business yes, but it’s born from our customers’ feedback.

Some of the food on offer at Folk, in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes (Image: Folk)

“The food element was superb but we lacked in the wine and cocktails to accompany it, as being a deli by stereotype we only had a small collection.

“We’ve now teamed up with House of Townend to source us the most prestigious of wines from around the world, we’ve taken Dan Sumner on who is our business manager to create bespoke cocktails and worked with the town’s best record selectors and collectors to play non-obtrusive background sounds while you enjoy your visit, be it day or night.”

Folk, in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes, has teamed up with House of Townend to source the most prestigious of wines from around the world(Image: Folk)

A significant internal refurbishment and external tweak has been completed, while on Alexandra Road, Copper is readied for re-opening by Brett and business partner Richard Bride.

Folk certainly looks different, a grand piano greets you as you walk in where local talents play. Jazz, funk and soul singers softly play in the background. Early acts to appear have included Shannon Riley, Indie Button, Andy and Sarah Male, Jamie Ward and Arthur Matthews.

Brett said: “It certainly doesn’t scream deli anymore but the facts are you can still sit in take away, buy all the deli products and fine wines to enjoy at home or while listening to great music, it doesn’t matter - just come and enjoy this great addition to Cleethorpes!”

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