New Church Street restaurant plans revealed

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Cargo Hold's managing director Shaun Campher (left) and marketing manager Radek Kalas (right) outside Cairns Chamber, Church Street

Owners want to make the historic Cairns Chamber the new ‘plaice’ to be!

In December we told you about Eau De Vie Leisure Ltd’s plans to turn a disused Grade II listed building on Church Street into a restaurant.


We can today reveal that the restaurant in question will be Cargo Hold, a seafood restaurant that hopes to bring a ‘Mediterranean, seafood grill’ to the city centre’s restaurant scene this spring.


As well as the seafood they will also be serving up a ‘dramatic’ cocktail menu using lots of dry ice and theatrics, along with unique coffees from independent Nottingham Roasters, Outpost Coffee, and a full lunch time menu.

The independent restaurant’s aim is to plug a gap in the market for a good quality seafood restaurant in the city centre. Director Shaun Campher said: “There’s plenty of places you can get fresh seafood from, Whitby’s just down the road, we’re in England, and you are only ever two hours from the coast.


“As a company we want to use sustainable sources, so sustainable fisheries, and we’re also going to be using biodegradable straws. We’re also trying to raise awareness of waste.”


Shaun, one of three partners in the restaurant, is a South African native who moved to England when he was 12. He has over ten years’ experience working in all aspects of the bar and restaurant industry in Sheffield, ranging from bar manager at Bar 23, right through to opening Alibi where Maggie May’s now stands.


He has since been involved in the opening of a couple of restaurants nearby, The Old Lounge in Wickersley, and the Amber Lounge in Rotherham, but he has had his eye on Cairns Chamber on Church Street for around ten years now.

Shaun said: “It’s a building I’ve looked at multiple times, I’ve looked at a few others, but this was the one that, for location and for the building, was the best choice.”


The name Cargo Hold also has a special sentimental value to Shaun as the restaurant's namesake in Durban, his home town, is where he proposed to his wife.


To find out more visit Cargo Hold through its Social Media channels and get involved in its competition to win a three course meal when they open this spring.


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