Restaurant chain opens new branch in Devon

Bristol restaurant chain Loungers has opened its second site in Devon under its new roadside brand.

The latest branch is the third Brightside overall – following on from the opening of Brightside Saltash, which opened in June, and Brightside Exeter, which launched in February.

The branch in Honiton will welcome travellers on the A303 from Thursday 3rd August 2023.

Replicating the interiors from its Exeter and Saltash sites, once inside, visitors are transported back in time by a look and feel that is nostalgic and familiar.

The interior scheme takes inspiration from the 1970s and 80s, caravan interiors, classic road trip movies and memories of roadside dining and holidays from a bygone era.

The walls are panelled in rich cherry wood veneer inset with British landscape artwork, stone, and a vintage countryside view mural, while the floor is covered in wooden parquet.

The dining area is furnished with creamy Formica-topped tables, with mid-century inspired dining chairs, and booths upholstered with orange and brown striped train seat fabric. The nostalgia continues in the bathrooms complete with 70s bathroom fittings and terrazzo flooring.

Alex Reilley, founder and chairman of Loungers, said: “The South West is now well served by Brightside, so travellers heading down to Cornwall and Devon will be able to experience our reinterpretation of roadside dining.

“We’re opening Honiton slap bang in the middle of the summer holidays, so holidaymakers can rest assured we’re there to make their day that little bit better. We’re renowned for good old-fashioned top-notch hospitality and really excellent, wholesome food. Throw into the mix warm, welcoming and stylish surroundings and you’ve got something really special.”

Brightside will share the same core values as Loungers’ Lounge and Cosy Club brands – a focus on all-day dining to appeal to a broad audience, a commitment to value-for-money, run by teams that deliver exceptional service.