Cheshire East Council has granted planning permission for a former bank in Alsager, to be transformed into an all-day social dining venue. The bank was the last to close in the town, remaining empty for more than three years. However, this empty building is now being brought back to life, with a brand-new concept arriving to the heart of Alsager.

The bar and restaurant will be named The Vault, in reference to its former use, and will be a welcome addition to the Caster’s of Cheshire Group. Opening in 2022, The Vault will unlock a new cocktail experience, with top of the range mixology. Here they will deliver contemporary international cuisine, fusing traditional flavour with modern cooking methods and techniques.

Head chef, Adam Steele, will lead this with an array of fine dining experiences in multiRosette restaurants. This includes his time working at Buckingham Palace, Peckforton Castle and The Atlantic Hotel. Post Lockdown, Adam took over as head chef at Churche’s Mansion, where he saved them from closure and achieved an appearance in the Michelin guide within his first year of being in charge.

Local business owner, Bradley Lancaster, of the Caster’s group, appointed Daniel Matthias Architecture, local to the area, to work in partnership with them to transform their vision into a reality. The design will consist of an open plan bar and restaurant area; with a bespoke, covered veranda area to the front, to accommodate an alfresco dining experience for all seasons. Byrne Contracting Services have been appointed to manage the eagerly anticipated construction work.

Daniel Matthias spoke about his contribution, ‘Following our involvement with the expansion of Caster’s, we were pleased to be invited back for this exciting development. Being a small local business ourselves, we strive to support other local ventures and to reuse existing buildings towards sustainable, urban development.’

Despite some noise concerns, there was no objection by the council’s environmental health officer and many members of the community took to social media to share their support for the project, following this latest update.

Local business owner, Melanie Rowley shared, ‘It’s great to see the old Barclays building being used. Empty buildings never look good to potential residents or customers to the town. Good luck to The Vault. Flower Passion wishes you every success.’The old bank is well and truly bouncing back to life, with the vision and efforts of the Caster’s of Cheshire Group, supported by Daniel Matthias Architecture, Byrne Contracting Services and Artisa Design. Not to forget, with the ongoing support of other local businesses and the community, this really does show the collaboration of local enterprises at its best.

Keys at the ready- The Vault is ready to be unlocked.

Written by Kate Matthias.