Major tenants announced for retail space at Southampton's arts complex

As the new arts complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter sheds its scaffolding, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has confirmed three additional tenants for the scheme’s retail element.

13th May 2015

As the new arts complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter sheds its scaffolding, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has confirmed three additional tenants for the scheme’s retail element.

The three brands; The Stable, Faucet Inn Ltd and Nandos, join previously announced tenant Tapas Barcelona. 

Simon Armstrong, Project Director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said four out of seven commercial units are now been let, with the remainder under offer.  He added:  “We’re pleased to have secured a varied mix of operators that complement each other really well.  They’re a perfect fit for our vision of delivering a varied and compelling restaurant offering in a location where people will want to live, work and visit.”

The Stable, founded in in an old stable block in Dorset, is a ‘cathedral’ to cider and gourmet pizzas. It offers over 80 varieties of craft cider as well as freshly-made pizzas with exciting toppings using local ingredients. The restaurants are unique in design, inspired by Dorset countryside pubs, with long wooden tables, candles and cosy fires.

From rural Dorset, the chain has expanded to eight locations including Bristol and Bath, and chose the arts complex as its first Southampton site. Nicki Cooper, founder of The Stable, is excited about the opportunity: “We are delighted to secure this prime site. The city has a great dining and bar scene which we are thrilled to become a part of. We feel that the arts complex will be a fantastic complement to our artisan brand.”

Faucet Inn Ltd operates an eclectic collection of 22 pubs, bars and hotels natyionally. including Tap Room and Cargo in Southampton.

It is planning a 2,987 sq ft bar and restaurant in the arts complex that will trade under the name ‘Neighbourhood’, a brand which is flourishing in London’s East Village in the former Olympic Park. It will offer a diverse selection of internationally sourced craft beers, well kept cask ales, premium wines and spirits and a mezzanine boasting views across East Park.

Faucet Inn’s owner Steve Cox said: “I know from experience that Southampton has a thriving restaurant scene and the Cultural Quarter is a great location to introduce our unique Neighbourhood concept. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Nandos, the international peri peri chicken restaurant operator founded in South Africa, has 1000 restaurants in 30 countries across the world. It currently operates from Southampton’s West Quay and The Swan Centre in Eastleigh. For the new arts complex, Nandos is planning a 3,000 sq ft family restaurant that will appeal to all sections of the local community.

Nandos has the largest collection of South African art in the UK, with 5000 pieces on show in its restaurants. The Southampton unit will display one of these pieces

Delicious Dining will open a brand new 5,000 sq ft restaurant called Tapas Barcelona with entrances on Guildhall Square and Guildhall Place, the thoroughfare joining the Guildhall Square to East Park.

In total there are seven restaurant/cafe units in the new arts complex and adjacent Guildhall Apartments, which comprise 38 rhomes apartments with views over the city. The new arts complex will be run by Nuffield Theatre and will provide facilities for City Eye, the University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery and a multi-purpose performing arts centre with two flexible performance spaces and a dance studio. 

Find out more about the arts complex here.


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Hamish McDougall/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
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Notes to Editors

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

GBI’s mission is to create and recreate inspiring places and neighbourhoods, delivering value for customers, shareholders and co-investors with its place-making expertise.

It owns, develops and manages a diverse property portfolio in cities across Britain and Ireland. Business units are focused on its London estate - 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in the heart of the UK’s capital - and developments elsewhere in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton. As at 31 December 2014, GBI had £5.2bn of assets under management.

The Cultural Quarter

The Cultural Quarter is one of seven VIP projects for Southampton, as identified within Southampton City Council's 'City Centre Master Plan', which will be developed over the next 20 years, to rejuvenate and promote economic growth within the city. 

Of the £22 million needed for the arts complex part of the project, around 90% is already in place through support from Arts Council England (£7.3m), Southampton City Council (£12.2 m), the University of Southampton, and SEEDA (0.5m).  Culture Southampton, Southampton Cultural Development Trust, an independent charity, is actively fundraising to secure the remaining £2.1 million from grant-making organisations, businesses, and individuals, to ensure success.  For more information on CultureSouthampton see:

More information about the City Centre Master Plan is available here:

More information about the Cultural Quarter is available here:


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