Mr Fred's Restaurant at Stanley House Hotel set for expansion

PUBLISHED: 12:49 24 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013

Mr Fred's Restaurant at Stanley House Hotel set for expansion

Mr Fred's Restaurant at Stanley House Hotel set for expansion

A surge in demand for British classics has led to a substantial expansion investment at a popular Lancashire hotel restaurant.

A surge in demand for quality British classics has led to a substantial expansion investment at a popular Lancashire hotel restaurant.

Mr Freds, located at the award-winning Stanley House Hotel in Mellor, Lancashire, has taken its capacity from 28 covers to 56, increasing floor space from 667 sq ft to 785 sq ft.

The hotels customers demand for British classics is one of the reasons behind the expansion according to the hotels bosses, with restaurant sales having quadrupled in previous years.

The expansion is the latest in a two-year investment programme into Mr Freds which started with a glazed extension being built in 2010.

The restaurant sits opposite the hotels soon to be open spa which will launch in August.

Stanley House Hotel, general manager, Philip Wharton said: Since the extension in 2010 sales have soared. Customers have been telling us how much they want traditional classics on the menu and our fish and chips is certainly the most popular with 222 dishes being sold in June alone. Weve even had fish and chips on the menu at weddings!

With the high demand, its a logical step to expand and offer more space for our valued customers.

Mr and Mrs Brown from Mellor were one of the first set of diners to sample the expanded restaurant. Mr Brown said: Were huge fans of Mr Freds and come at least once a month to dine. The service, portions and views are always top class. Weve told all our friends to come too. The expansion looks great.

Mr Freds is open from 7am for breakfast to 9pm every day. Its beer battered Whitby haddock, chunky chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce is 11. Other favourites include Mr Freds ground rump steak burger, seasonal chargrilled asparagus and slow cooked shoulder of lamb.

The restaurant opened at Stanley House Hotel in 2004 and is named after the late Blackburn industrialist Fred Walker, whose family owns and runs the hotel.

Stanley House Hotel is in the final phase of a redevelopment which will see the addition of a world class spa and 18 new bedrooms, all opening in summer and autumn 2012.

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