This unusual quayside restaurant was known as Le Chateau for many years and, following a period of closure, it re-opened in 2012 with new owners and a new name - and all the old character intact. It’s in a former Presbyterian Church and, when converted to its present use, the two-storey interior was imaginatively designed around the joint themes of church and river.
The ground floor contains a bar and the first floor restaurant has raised floors at each end, like the deck of a galleon, while the church theme is reflected in the windows, notably an original “Star of David”.
Most tables don’t have a full river view but the whole interior is so full of interest, and staff are so friendly and willing, that this is quickly forgotten.
An early dinner menu offers good value, but this is a place that’s at its theatrical best for an occasion, so the à la carte menu - which is wide ranging, but has the great red meats that are so popular in the midlands at its heart - is designed for this, in both style and price.