Fridays, part of newly listed Hostmore plc, has today announced its latest UK flagship restaurant in Chelmsford, Essex, will open to the public on Friday, 13th May 2022.

Located on Springfield Road, in the heart of this bustling city, the Chelmsford restaurant is Fridays’ 85th UK venue. The huge restaurant has enough seating for more than 250 covers inside, with an additional 26 covers available outside in its al fresco dining section, making it one of the largest in the Fridays repertoire.

The brand is celebrating its Manhattan bar ‘roots’ by making the bar the heart of the restaurant, ensuring guests can watch all the action and see its expert bartenders handcrafting iconic and legendary cocktails with personality and flair. Indeed, Fridays expects the new look store to become the home of cocktails in Chelmsford.

To coincide with the launch, a special family fun day will be held outside the store on Saturday, 21st May 2022. There will be entertainment throughout the day celebrating our founder Alan Stillman’s inspiration of the red and white stripes of the Barnum & Bailey circus. The likes of jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers and balloon modellers will be greeting guests and putting on ‘the greatest show on earth’ to mark the opening of the new flagship restaurant.

Beyond the launch party, guests at Fridays Chelmsford will be able to enjoy live sport seven days a week (including Sky Sports and BT Sport) and live music nights on Fridays and Sundays.

The news comes following the launch of Fridays’ new and best ever menu in which it celebrates its heritage through quality, simplicity and relevancy. Dishes are freshly made to order with top-quality ingredients, and new and classic cocktails full of energy and theatre are handcrafted by its expert bartenders. Guests will be able to enjoy signature items like our Sesame Chicken Strips, quality assured steaks, the new plant-based range (including Meatless Fridays Sesame Strips), and our signature cocktails including the Long Island Iced Tea range – which was a Fridays invention.

Robert B. Cook, Fridays CEO, said: “The demand for another Fridays in Essex, to complement our Basildon and Lakeside sites, was too strong to ignore. The energy of this new-look Fridays store will match the feel around this buzzing city, tapping into our heritage as the place for the perfect night out. Live music, live sport, delicious cocktails handcrafted by our expert bartenders and freshly made to order food from our best ever menu – this new flagship store is set to be a real fans’ favourite.”