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New Wave Brasserie opens in Lechlade town centre

Head chef David Lloyd; owner Tim Boyd and Manager Alex Szabo

A new business with a well-known name has just opened up in Lechlade – a Cotswold market town situated on the cusp of three counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. New Wave Brasserie is the latest member of the New Wave Seafood business.

The wholesale seafood and fish business, New Wave Seafood, has already traded from its premises in neighbouring Fairford for many years. And, quite recently, a New Wave retail fish shop opened up in Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds to offer fresh fish to its customers.

When Vera’s Kitchen in Burford Street, Lechlade became available, Tim Boyd, owner and founder of New Wave Seafood knew that it would make a wonderful new restaurant for Lechlade and the surrounding area. He said: “We realised that it could be a great site for a restaurant as well as setting up a retail fresh fish market. We embarked on this as a joint project with Bob Parkinson (formerly of Made by Bob) to design the restaurant and create the food concept.”

Now visitors to the Cotswolds and locals in and around Lechlade can sample the delights of a fresh fish and seafood restaurant offering responsibly sourced produce from small Cornish day fishing boats. The dining area that can cater for 23 people is beautifully decorated around the quirky wonky window feature that looks out on to the bustling A361 which passes through Swindon, Lechlade and Burford.

Work is currently underway to build ‘a shack at the back’ to serve another 36 customers and there are also plans to start holding a once-a-week fresh fish market in the quaint courtyard that links the brasserie with the shack-at-the-back.

The predominantly fish and seafood menu (although there are meat, veggie and vegan options for the meat-lovers, vegetarian diners and vegan customers) is splendidly varied with international flavours from Thailand and Japan created by head chef, David Lloyd. There will be a catch of the day and cold seafood menu including four types of oysters, hot and cold seafood platters and sustainable fish specials.

Catch of the Day: Whole grilled bream with watercress, lemon and olive oil

Prices are reasonable and won’t make you gasp when you get the bill! For £6 you can enjoy the wonderful New Wave fish taco as a starter followed by the soft-shell crab burger with chilli, mint and coriander for £15.75. These are just two of the delicious meals on offer that will delight any fish aficionado.

Soft-shell crab burger with chilli, mint and coriander

“Many people would say we are crazy to open in this economic climate,” said Tim. “However, we feel we will be offering something completely unique – a seafood brasserie serving classic, European seafood dishes, but also several small plates with an Asian influence.”

New Wave laksa with fish dumplings, mixed seafood and ramen noodles

Seven of New Wave Brasserie’s staff are former employees of Vera’s Kitchen and Tim has added a further three staff to the team, led by manager and local resident, Alex Szabo. “At the moment, New Wave Brasserie is open only for breakfast and lunch,” explained Tim. “But when we open for dinner in the very near future, we will be looking for more staff. We are really pleased to be adding something to the Cotswold economy. We like to use local people and local businesses. That is why we have also used Allison Murray Design to create our branding, which reflects our products and looks stunning.”

New Wave Brasserie is going to be a very special and popular eating place right in the centre of Lechlade. Contact 01367 252677, to make a reservation or visit to find out more and view the menu.

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