Greggs to open 'fine-dining bistro', with menu taking old favourites to 'new culinary heights' in 'Paris-inspired space'

29 November 2023, 14:04

Greggs is opening a 'fine-dining bistro'
Greggs is opening a 'fine-dining bistro'. Picture: Greggs

By Kit Heren

Greggs is set to open its first-ever upmarket restaurant this Christmas, with popular favourites given a fine-dining makeover.

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The high-street bakery chain is opening a bistro version with a "Gallic-inspired menu" in the Fenwick department store in Newcastle.

But curious Greggs-lovers will have to be quick, because the bistro is only open from this Friday (December 1) to New Year's Eve.

The first-floor restaurant will be open all-day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Greggs is opening a fine-dining bistro
Greggs is opening a fine-dining bistro. Picture: Greggs

The menu, a collaboration between Greggs and Fenwick, will feature posher versions of existing Greggs favourites, including:

  • 'Greggs Festive Bake', served with delicious duck-fat roasties, smoked pancetta, chestnuts and sprouts with gravy
  • 'Greggs Benedict', which is the Greggs sausage, bean and cheese melt redone with smoked ham, poached Cacklebean eggs and Hollandaise sauce.
  • 'Full English’, a reimagined version of the Greggs sausage roll, with bacon, mushroom, tomato, baked beans and a choice of scrambled, poached or fried eggs. It's also available as a vegetarian and vegan option.
  • 'High Tea; for two, which is a three-tier sharing brunch, featuring a sausage roll and sausage, bean and cheese melt , as well as a choice of peach melba, yum yum bites with chocolate sauce and banana, or a Greggs croissant and pain au chocolat.
  • 'Tea and Cake' which is a slice of Greggs' Christmas cake with an Earl Grey-infused Créme Brûlée served in a teacup
Greggs and Fenwicks are collaborating
Greggs and Fenwicks are collaborating. Picture: Fenwicks

Fenwick's Executive Head Chef, Mark Reid said: "Greggs in itself is an everyday treat and the goal was to try and elevate that treat further, verging on the decadent and indulgent with a nod to Christmas.

"Our main inspiration for the menu was taking the recognisable, classic Greggs products and [re-imagining] them."

The drinks menu features a "classic wine list" as well as a 'Pink Jammie Fizz' cocktail, which is a "sparkling cocktail inspired by Greggs iconic 'Pink Jammie' doughnut - raspberry, apple and fresh doughnut flavours all topped with Prosecco."

High Tea can be ordered with a choice of hot drinks including a cafetiere of freshly ground coffee or a festive beverage

The restaurant space itself is inspired by Parisian restaurants, Greggs said.

'Greggs Benedict'
'Greggs Benedict'. Picture: Fenwicks

Diners will walk through a pergola front entrance, which is a "playful nod" to Greggs' pastry designs.

The tables will have typical French restaurant touches like white-clothed tables, velvet banquette seating, oak-effect flooring and marble countertops.

Hannah Squirrell, customer director at Greggs said: "The launch of Bistro Greggs marks a watershed moment as we take our first step with Fenwick into classic French-inspired fine dining.

Greggs is collaborating with Fenwicks
Greggs is collaborating with Fenwicks. Picture: Greggs

"Showcasing popular favourites across our menu, we’ve created an accessible menu featuring eloquent dishes with a modern twist, elevated through Fenwick’s gastronomic excellence and expertise."

Leo Fenwick, strategic partnerships director at Fenwick said: "Fenwick and Greggs are two brands at the heart of the local community with a commitment to doing good and we are thrilled to be partnering with a much-loved brand, bringing a unique and delicious twist to the everyday Greggs experience at Fenwick."

You can book here.