French rooftop restaurant set for 103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

Restaurant operator D&D London is set to open a new location on the 24th floor of 103 Colmore Row.

‘Orelle’ will open this October and will serve a modern French menu with space for 88 diners.

All designed by Doone Silver Kerr, the space will also include a 24-cover bar, private dining room for 12 and will be accompanied by a café and terrace at street level, with capacity for 66 people.

The café will feature the original 1970s cast aluminium banking hall doors, designed and made by English abstract artist Henry Haig.

This once formed part of the old NatWest Tower at the site before being demolished.

D&D London, founded in 2006 by Des Gunewardena and David Loewi said Orelle drew inspiration from the French words for gold (or) and her (elle). It is also the name of a French mountian village.

Mr Gunewardena said: “Orelle will be D&D London’s debut in Birmingham and has been many years in the making. The interior and views will really be something special. We hope Orelle can do justice to what is a jewel of a site.

“We are very aware of Birmingham’s high-quality and varied food scene. We hope Orelle will bring something new and exciting to that and in time become an established part of it.”

103 Colmore Row has been developed by a joint venture between Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners.

Sterling’s managing director James Howarth said: “Right from its inception, we wanted to make sure that the people of Birmingham could access and enjoy the unparalleled views from 103 Colmore Row.

“We are thrilled to bring D&D London to the city, ensuring that the dining experience matches the vistas.”

Tristan director Paul Pritchard added: “We are really excited to be working with D&D London to provide a fantastic restaurant experience with amazing views and a ground floor café and bar.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the public to these new spaces, to the building more widely and for our occupiers to start enjoying the high-quality amenities that 103 provides.”