Plans to convert steakhouse into a brasserie approved


Miller & Carter Steakhouse on Station Road closed its doors on Saturday, 6th April, and will soon go under a refurbishment.

Mitchells & Butlers Ltd, the owner and operator of the business, are converting the property into a Browns Bar & Restaurant.

Mitchells & Butlers have been granted planning permission for the refurbishment and alteration of the building and grounds, and replacement of a walled bin store enclosure with single storey kitchen extension and provision of a new bin store.

The property, which was formerly known as The Old Rectory, is a Grade II listed building which was converted into a public house in the mid-1990's. It was refurbished as a Miller & Carter Steak House in the early 2010's.

The supporting documentation, submitted with the planning application, states "Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd, which owns and operates the building, proposes to refurbish the existing operation in order to keep it relevant to its market.

"The main elements of the scheme include a comprehensive refurbishment of the modern interior and the replacement of an existing walled yard with a further extension. The extension is required in order to allow the operation to become more efficient and provide a wider and improved menu. It is key to the Company's investment proposals.

"The new addition will be seen against modern additions and will have no adverse impact on the heritage significance of the building. It is on the historic 'service' side of the building. Whilst the interior is of no heritage significance, the refurbishment works are sympathetic to, and in keeping, with the building's character."

The first Browns opened in Brighton 50 years ago and the chain now consists of over 20 brasseries located all over the country. They open all day from breakfast through to dinner, with a menu of classic British comforts along with seasonal creations, market fish delivered daily, afternoon teas, and traditional roasts on Sundays.

Proposals include increasing staff numbers from 20 to 24 full-time and 15 to 20 part-time employers.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council Planning Portal by searching for planning reference 23/3528M.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Simon Atkins
Wednesday 3rd April 2024 at 6:07 pm
Sad, where will I be able to get a decent chateaubriand now? Does wilmslow really need yet another brasserie?
David Smith
Wednesday 3rd April 2024 at 8:24 pm
Where Simon? France, I should thnk.
Simon Worthington
Friday 5th April 2024 at 12:59 am
Another indigenous restaurant gone!
Stephen Moulton
Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 3:13 pm
I see that on their website, Brown’s do indeed offer a Chateaubriand..
Richard Mason
Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 6:03 pm
....and given that Brown's is just another trading name for the same company that owns Miller & Carter, the staff will likely be the same and the location hasn't changed, I suspect that the chateaubriand may be quite similar ;-)

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