Following a £900,000 revamp and renovation, a brand new seafood restaurant is set to breathe new life into Birmingham’s Futurist Cinema.
The cinema dates back to the early 1900s and officially opened in July 1919, making it one of the oldest cinemas in the country as well as being the first cinema in Birmingham to screen “talkies” following the revolution of sound within cinema.
It stopped functioning as a cinema in the 1990s due to the rise of the multiplex cinema and then lay derelict for years. The new owners of the restaurant have taken great care to maintain the historic features of the building’s architecture whilst also breathing new life into the space.
Now it has been transformed into an impressive looking restaurant, which takes up half of the original theatre space. The Mediterranean influence is evident in the Spanish restaurant style tiling on the bar, but the design emphasis is very much on keeping the grandeur of the Futurist Cinema.
Situated on John Bright Street by the Alexander Theatre, diners enter by a sweeping granite grey staircase with an impressive French chandelier hanging overhead. This leads up to a casual bar area that can hold 60 before the main 88 cover restaurant.
The nine strong kitchen team is led by Head Chef, Saming Saetang; a Brummie of Thai origin. His menu uses top quality seafood sourced from Scottish shores from the Bullring market.
Appetizers include such delights as Lobster Bisque and Lobster Chowder – a delicious creamy soup with vegetables and chunks of lobster served with crusty bread. Or you can enjoy a Sharing Platter of calamari, blanch bait and wedges; Chilled Oysters, Steamed Mussels, Garlic Prawns or Honey and Lemon Chicken Wings.
The offering is definitely upmarket and the mains include some incredible sharing platters such as Silver Platter – a variety of chilled seafood and tropical fruits at £25pp. As you would expect, the most expensive is the Gold Platter – grilled lobster, calamari, prawn skewers, white bait, mussels, fries, spicy rice and salad at £49.
Or if it’s just Lobster For One you can have Lobster and Crayfish Scampi and Chips or the Lobster Peninsula Surf and Turf, which is bound to delight seafood lovers.
Leading the whole operation is General Manager Nuno Peres said, “We have put together a strong wine list and ten classic cocktails including Old Fashioned, Martini and Sidecar.”
Oh and just one more thing, on the top floor is a fabulous state of the art 200 square metre nightclub which will only open on Fridays and Saturday nights until 3am.
Lobster Peninsula – a great place to eat, drink and play!
Lobster Peninsula is open Monday to Thursday 12pm to 11pm (last orders at 10pm), Friday and Saturdays 12pm to 12am, and Sundays 12pm to 10.30pm.
NOTES TO EDITORS :
John Bright Street,
Birmingham, B1 1BL
Tel: 0121 643 8886
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Opening Monday to Saturday 12noon until 12pm (last orders at 10pm)
Sunday 12noon to 10.30pm (last orders at 9pm