Edgbaston restaurant goes potty for Bournville College graduate’s designs

Edgbaston Village’s latest restaurant, Chapter, has announced its opening date and is taking bookings now

Chapter is a new restaurant opening in Edgbaston Village

A talented ceramicist who was born and raised in Birmingham has been chosen to create pieces of work for an exciting new restaurant opening in Edgbaston.

Established city restaurateurs Ann Tonks, Irene Allan and Ben Ternent are working towards opening their latest venture called Chapter in early December on Greenfield Crescent.

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They have commissioned Georgia Allen to make bespoke ceramic pieces after seeing her work and identifying it as the perfect fit.

Georgia studied Art and Design at Bournville College before attending the Central St Martin’s University of the Arts in London prior to setting up her own business.

Why have the team at Chapter chosen to feature Georgia’s work at the restaurant?

Ann Tonks said: “We wanted to make sure we sourced  as much work that is designed and manufactured in the UK. Not only are we in love with Georgia’s work, but we knew it would fit perfectly within our space.

“Georgia is creating bespoke pieces for us, from vases to butter dishes and they will each be stamped with the Chapter logo, and be part of her own Chapter range. We know our diners will just love these little details which mean so much to us too.

“To be able to support Georgia as she begins her incredible career is very important for us,  especially as she is from the city that we love so much.”

Georgia Allen, potter

What is the inspiration behind Georgia’s designs?

Georgia was inspired to take up pottery after studying with potter Freya Bramble-Carter who is known for creating her own contemporary designs.

Georgia said: “I knew I loved pottery from the very first second I tried it, particularly the whole creative process. I’ve been developing my style over the last four years and have got to a stage where I feel it’s time to start offering my work to the public.

“It’s been very pleasing to see how it has been received and my next venture working with the amazing team at Chapter is an incredible opportunity.

“The new restaurant is incredibly stylish and it’s an honour to be involved. My work will be completely ‘in tune’ with what Chapter stands for creatively and I hope to have captured its culinary style and ethos too.”

Georgia Allen ceramics are being featured at Chapter, opening in Edgbaston

What else can diners expect at Chapter?

Alongside the pottery by Georgia, other items and materials that will be used in the restaurant have been specifically sourced from across the UK by the Chapter team.

The kitchen fabrication, by Huddersfield based Greens Kitchens, is British and all plates and crockery are made in Stoke by the company Churchill. Their bespoke fixed seating and carpentry is being manufactured by family owned furniture company, ob&b in Old Hill in the Black Country.

On the cuisine front, Chef Director Ben will be using top quality British produce from trusted suppliers the team have used for over a decade, including Aubrey Allen for free range meat and artisanal cheeses; Channel Fisheries and M&J Seafood for fish; and Worcester Produce for local fruit and vegetables.

Jewellery Quarter based Suzanne Barnes of SBDP is leading on interior design in order to create a stylish restaurant and destination bar.

Chapter - Meet The Team (Nathan Swift ,Karina Koleva, Ben Ternent , Ana Chiriac, Sam Greenaway)

When is Chapter opening?

Chapter is opening early December - club memberships are available and limited edition experience vouchers can be purchased until mid December, which are valid from January through to December 2022 and include special five Course Tasting Menus (for two to six people) and Weekend Brunch with bottomless cocktails/mocktails for six people.

For more details about the restaurant and bookings, visit the Chapter Edgbaston website here

To find out more about Georgia and her work, visit her website GA Ceramics here

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