Friday, 12th June 2015, 00:00 AM - Friday, 12th June 2015, 00:00 AM

A new Mediterranean restaurant is opening its doors on Friday 12 June providing a future for one of Britain’s most historic pubs.

The restaurant, Cantina93, at the Cock & Bottle has been given an £80,000 refurbishment to revitalise the iconic venue – a Grade 11 listed building off Barkerend Road, Bradford.

Cantina93 is the latest venue to open as part of the Bradford City Centre leisure revival. The 85-seater restaurant will serve English and Mediterranean cuisines, tapas, fish dishes and cured meats.

The new design has incorporated a  large, ornate bar from the Cock & Bottle pub, along with original internal doors and canopies, screen-work and fireplaces, as well as etched and coloured glass from the 1860s. The decorative Victorian ceiling makes an impressive feature in the main dining room, where the old flooring has been restored and retained wherever possible.

A new manager, Marsha Lilley, has been appointed to oversee the day-to-day running of the venue. Marsha from Low Moor, Bradford is an experienced catering professional who has worked in the hospitality sector most of her life since starting out as a waitress at the age of 12.

Most recently she was a hotel manager, and prior to that she was Operations Manager and Conference & Banqueting Executive at Bradford Bulls RLFC. Marsha has run her own food outlets and co-owns a catering and wedding planning business with her husband Brian.

She said “I’m so excited to have been appointed to take the helm of a fabulous new venture like Cantina93 and, equally, to be the custodian of this wonderful old building which is a piece of Bradford history.

“My aim now is to move things forward and create a really fantastic venue that will offer something to appeal to all Bradfordians and visitors alike. We’d be delighted to see people popping in to appreciate the original pub features while enjoying a delicious meal.”

Marsha says Cantina93 are now looking into the viability of creating an atmospheric cellar bar in the vaulted basement of the building, in order to recapture something of the pub feel and which might appeal to real ale fans.



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