Located in the bustling suburbs of Chester, is the conveniently named cocktail bar ‘The Suburbs’. Since opening its doors nearly 5 years ago, The Suburbs hit the ground running, and hasn’t stopped. Winning award after award really shows the passion owner, Kingdom Thenga, has for this suburban gem.
What can you tell me about the beginning of The Suburbs?
So The Suburbs began in 2013, we are a quirky, independent cocktail bar. We’re passionate about our service, our drinks and really good quality food. It’s always been a dream of mine to open locally, I’ve lived in Hoole for 10 years and I just felt there was something missing.
How did The Suburbs and The Hollows become one?
We tried to come up with a new concept, our small plates are something that wasn’t really happening in the North as much as it was in the South. I think we were probably a bit ahead of ourselves, but we were able to expose people to a new style of food and a new style of eating. We then decided we would stick with whichever brand worked the best for us and that was The Suburbs, but with all the elements of The Hollows.
When is the busiest time for you?
I guess it’s the weekends, we do have a fantastic Sunday Roast! Wednesdays and Thursdays are good days for us too, a lot of the community come out during the week.
What deals have you got on through the week?
So on Mondays we do Meat & Cheese, with a bottle of wine for £25. We do Small Plates, which is really what The Hollows was all about, you get any 3 dishes for £12.50 or 5 for £20.
Wednesday is Burger and a beer day which is £12.50, Thursday is all about our Steak platter and a bottle of wine for £25, which can be upgraded to Surf and Turf for an extra £5.
I think especially in this trade you have to offer something a bit different to everyone else.
What’s your favourite dish on the menu?
I couldn’t name just one thing, I love my oysters, we have a great selection of fish here. But I am a man’s man so I love my red wine and club steak.
What’s your favourite cocktail?
For me it would probably be the ‘Uncle Ray Ray’ which is basically rum, ginger beer and a dash of lime. But honestly I’m an old school guy that likes his rum or bourbon on the rocks, nice and simple.
What do you love most about The Suburbs being in Hoole?
I think before we opened, there wasn’t really much of a night life in Hoole, we’ve worked really hard to make sure we’re a part of the community. We helped in being a part of regenerating Hoole, and that’s something I’m really proud of. What’s great is that people can come here, have great food, have great drinks and receive a great service and think ‘I don’t even need to go into town.’
How would you describe The Suburbs in 6 words?
Great Atmosphere, great drinks & great service.
What do you think the future holds for The Suburbs?
I think The Suburbs is here because of Hoole and the people in Hoole, and it will always be here for those people. We really want to push ourselves to exceed expectations and develop a brand and an atmosphere that people want to be around. We’ve been open nearly 5 years now and I’d still like to be here in 25 years.
Do you have a lot of variation with your menu?
Yeah we change it up every 3-4 months, or sometimes if a dish isn’t working or if local produce is more available we’ll use that. We use our local butchers, fishmongers, local veg people and florists. It’s about making sure everyone supports each other in this community.
What is your favourite decorative feature?
There’s too many to choose from, everywhere you turn there is something that is a part of me and the team. But it’s probably the Back Bar upstairs, it’s got an ‘Old Gentleman’s Club’ vibe. We have dozens of bottles up there that I’ve collected over probably 15 years, there’s so many to choose from.
How can people make a booking with you?
We’re very flexible, it’s really easy to book with us, you can do it through Facebook, call us or email us. If you want to party like it’s 1999 then go for it! Just give us a shout and we’ll look after you.
To book with The Suburbs you can call them on 01244 344325, find them on Facebook @the.suburbs or email firstname.lastname@example.org