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Basingstoke leads the way with international options for where to eat and drink

05 November 2019

Shoppers and visitors to Basingstoke are now spoilt for choice when choosing where to eat and drink after an influx of new restaurants, cafes and bars opening in the past year.

 Shoppers and visitors to Basingstoke are now spoilt for choice when choosing where to eat and drink after an influx of new restaurants, cafes and bars opening in the past year. With eight new establishments have recently opened in the town centre.

It brings the total of exciting and diverse choice of food outlets to more than 35 offering food and drink from around the world including French, Japanese, Indian and Mediterranean cuisines.

The latest addition is the Cosy Club in Festival Place, which opened its doors last month.

Located in Festival Place, the Cosy Club celebrates the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging – think aristocratic abundance with a dash of local village cricket pavilion pottiness.

Adding to the town’s dining options will be Ottoman, an authentic Turkish restaurant, due to open on Winchester Street imminently.

The businesses are supported by Basingstoke Together, the Business Improvement District organisation, working to enhance the town.

Chief executive of Basingstoke Together, Lucy Boazman, said the increase in food establishments in the town centre is a testament to how much Basingstoke has to offer.

Ms Boazman said: “We are really lucky to have such a variety of cuisines on offer in Basingstoke town centre, which provides something for everyone. Having so many new restaurants open recently continues to strengthen the food offering and contributes heavily to the thriving town.”

The new businesses add to an already fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and bars that are very popular with residents and shoppers, many of which are at the forefront of using locally sourced produce and using eco-friendly initiatives to reduce waste.

For example, Festival Street Kitchen uses compostable packaging to reduce their carbon footprint.

Co-owner Danielle Middleton said: “We pride ourselves on being a local business, who employ and train local people to prepare fresh affordable food for our customers.

“It’s vital for not only our success but the wellbeing of our amazing community and the environment around us, when people shop local. In doing so, they are supporting local people, which helps the community thrive and in turn provides people with jobs, fresh food and unique products. Basingstoke has so much to offer and is progressing all the time.”

Alongside old favourites such as The Spicy Tadka and The Lime Leaf, new restaurants and cafes, which have opened their doors in the past year include Chennai Express, The Olive House, Yamazaki and the Duck & Tipple at the top of town; and Cote Brasserie, Kokoro and The Sushi Maki in Festival Place.

Arif Goksel, owner of The Sushi Maki, which opened in 2018 said: “We are delighted to bring a popular traditional sushi experience to the heart of Basingstoke.”