Worcestershire’s newest restaurant is due to open on August 30th, and will be one of the most eagerly awaited, after owners Tom and Chef Wendy Lau have invested over half a Million pounds of their own money in transforming this once derelict Pub.
China Lodge Restaurant will open its doors to the public following an extensive rebuild over two years, converting what was once the old Prince Albert Pub, with no expense spared on furnishings, and each element of the business lovingly chosen and overseen by visionary owner Tom Lau. Tom’s passions for restaurants began many years ago from watching his father chef in Hong Kong, then when moving to the UK him and his family have been successful restaurateurs ever since.
Most recently Tom and his Chef wife Wendy owned and ran the popular China Diner in Bridgnorth, Shropshire over seven years, then they sold it two years ago to invest in the new China Lodge – “We always wanted a bigger restaurant” commented Tom “when I saw the site of the old derelict pub on the Bewdley Road, I thought it the perfect location to realise our dream. It has been a labour of love, and taken longer than we hoped, with much of the old building having to be demolished and rebuilt, whilst retaining the beautiful original Victorian stained glass windows to the front of the bar, but we are delighted with the results, and there is a lot of local interest, so we can’t wait to open the doors on Thursday August 30th to welcome our new customers, and some old ones who promised to visit from Shropshire”.
New jobs – the restaurant has been employing many local companies to help with the build, and more recently recruiting new staff to work in the large kitchens with Chef Wendy, and front of house “The standards of staff coming for interviews has been really hi, and we are now training over 20 new part and full time staff ready for the opening.
The menus will bring together Tom’s passions to constantly improve dishes and flavours and Chef Wendy’s experiences in Chinese, and Cantonese foods over 20 years, specialising in traditional dishes from across the regions of China, including popular spicy Szechuan dishes and those from Tom’s childhood home of Hong Kong. They will also be providing Thai dishes, and daily specials of fish, pork and local beef dishes.
Chef Wendy commented “I make everything from fresh. Due to the freshness of Asian cuisine, and the speed we cook it, fresh from order, we will be catering for busy business people who will be able to dine, and return to their offices within the hour – revitalised after eating a healthy light lunch – the mainstay of Chinese culture. The bar will be serving light bites, and the restaurant a full extensive menu, with many specials carried from the China Diner, and updated to reflect the new contemporary setting of China Lodge.
Wendy added “Families will also be welcome with lots of sharing dishes, and we can help any new diner to the Asian cuisine with advise and adapting dishes to suit their particular taste – all are fresh, even our sauces, marinades and dressings we make ourselves.”