Bar and restaurant hungry for growth with move to larger premises

Owners Gavin and Hannah Grainger

A Chesterfield bar and restaurant, Bottle & Thyme, is moving to a larger location in the town centre later this year.

The family-owned business will relocate from Knifesmithgate, where it has been since 2017, to a corner unit in the former Co-op department store on Elder Way.

Jomast, the owner of Elder Way, has agreed to a 10-year lease for the 3,153 sq ft unit, which includes an outdoor courtyard and follows the recent opening of Hotpod Yoga in Unit 7 of the Elder Way regeneration scheme last month.

Bottle & Thyme plans to relocate in August, tripling its current space and creating additional jobs.

Owners Gavin and Hannah Grainger will also retain the Knifesmithgate location, with development plans slated for later this year.

They said:“The new unit hugely increases the amount of space we currently have and gives us the opportunity to have separate areas for the bar, restaurant, and private functions, as well as outdoor space for dining and drinking. Chesterfield town centre does not have the type of venue that we will be creating at Elder Way.

“It’s a very exciting time. Having been based opposite Elder Way for seven years, we already know the location works well so to be able to move across the road into larger premises is excellent for us. I see what we are creating at Elder Way as a first step in our vision of a new leisure quarter for the town.”

Councillor Tricia Gilby, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see this family-run business go from strength to strength – building up a great following in the heart of Chesterfield, and now expanding into new, bigger premises on Elder Way, and expanding the size of their team. We wish Gavin and Hannah all the best in their new base – and also with their future plans for their existing building on Knifesmithgate.

“It’s an attractive town centre location, with the council’s recent investment elevating the space to create as key gateway into the heart of our historic town. This will link through to wider improvements across the town centre which are due to start in the summer, as part of our multi-million pound Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield scheme which will create more welcoming and better connected to spaces in which to shop, socialise and enjoy local events.”