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Old December 9th, 2009, 05:05 PM   #181
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yes i liked the variety of dishes they had, better than a standard Chinese buffet, although the food wasn't as hot as i would have liked it. It was pretty warm.
Good variety indeed. I noticed the food wasn't that warm, as well.

I was amazed at how busy it was.
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Good variety indeed. I noticed the food wasn't that warm, as well.

I was amazed at how busy it was.
yeah it has been busy from the moment it opened and yes it is a great place to go and eat - especially if you are like me and love chinese food (they were doing pizza for the whingers who dont like asian cuisine when i went!) Interestingly, i spoke to the bloke who co-owns the chain and he said that of all of the locations theyve set up a cosmo restaurant - including London (I think), Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Brum and a few others - This one has recieved the best reception and the business is very good, which i was surprised to hear.
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Is this what you were referring to re: Coventry Airport:

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yeah it has been busy from the moment it opened and yes it is a great place to go and eat - especially if you are like me and love chinese food (they were doing pizza for the whingers who dont like asian cuisine when i went!) Interestingly, i spoke to the bloke who co-owns the chain and he said that of all of the locations theyve set up a cosmo restaurant - including London (I think), Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Brum and a few others - This one has recieved the best reception and the business is very good, which i was surprised to hear.
I've had the good fortune of going twice now, once with friends and once with work. Both the food and the surroundings are excellent and it is a real credit to the city.

I'm not surprised it (and the surrounding Belgrade Plaza) are so popular. For years there has been little to offer the 300K+ inhabitants of Coventry (plus those in surrounding areas) and I personally think that we could host another 10+ good restaurants and still find they all operate successfully.

Hopefully it is a sign of things to come and we will see more restaurants and entertainment venues opening up elsewhere in the city, particularly in the retail dominated Precinct and the commercial dominated New Union Street/Salt Lane areas.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 03:25 PM   #185
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I've had the good fortune of going twice now, once with friends and once with work. Both the food and the surroundings are excellent and it is a real credit to the city.

I'm not surprised it (and the surrounding Belgrade Plaza) are so popular. For years there has been little to offer the 300K+ inhabitants of Coventry (plus those in surrounding areas) and I personally think that we could host another 10+ good restaurants and still find they all operate successfully.

Hopefully it is a sign of things to come and we will see more restaurants and entertainment venues opening up elsewhere in the city, particularly in the retail dominated Precinct and the commercial dominated New Union Street/Salt Lane areas.
Coventry was terrible for restaurants 20 years ago - for a while there were only 2 or 3 in the city centre (Plus some curry houses, but they're ten a penny.)

Don't you think Warwick Road - especially with the row of old buildings on the the same side as the Litten tree - would also be a good location for restaurants? If the council had any guts they'd make the Uni's regeneration include street frontages along Gosford Street to complement those that are already there and getting rid of that bloody dead wall.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #186
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I'v been to Cosmo twice, its superb. Its great that people in Cov now have decent restaurants on their doorstep instead of having to go to Kenilworth/Leamington/Warwick etc.

With Covs 300k pop, plus Warwick District at 120,00 and Rugby Borough at 90,000, there are lots of potential customers nearby.
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...With Covs 300k pop, plus Warwick District at 120,00 and Rugby Borough at 90,000, there are lots of potential customers nearby.
Cosmo's alright - but i wouldn't drive 10miles just to get to one. But i would drive 10 miles to go to a theatre, concert or shopping and then might decide to eat at Cosmo depending on my mood.
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Cosmo's alright - but i wouldn't drive 10miles just to get to one. But i would drive 10 miles to go to a theatre, concert or shopping and then might decide to eat at Cosmo depending on my mood.
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I think Warwick Roads potential will be realised when Friargate creates a better connection to that area.

That reminds me actually, the grey Cov uni accomadation block on Manor House Drive that overlooks Warwick Road, called Quadrant Hall, was scheduled to be closed in the near future. I believe its closure was in the uni's 5 year plan. When demolished, an office block on the site would fit in nicely with Friargate, assuming the scheme itself is a success and if the demand is there. It could really help to develop a proper cluster of offices in the new business quarter. (Although obviously re-development of the site is 10 years away, I think Quadrant Hall is so detrimental to that area it will be so good for the city for it to go).

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I think Warwick Roads potential will be realised when Friargate creates a better connection to that area.

That reminds me actually, the grey Cov uni accomadation block on Manor House Drive that overlooks Warwick Road, called Quadrant Hall, was scheduled to be closed in the near future. I believe its closure was in the uni's 5 year plan. When demolished, an office block on the site would fit in nicely with Friargate, assuming the scheme itself is a success and if the demand is there. It could really help to develop a proper cluster of offices in the new business quarter. (Although obviously re-development of the site is 10 years away, I think Quadrant Hall is so detrimental to that area it will be so good for the city for it to go).
I'd hope Priory Hall would be for the chop earlier.

If you go to Google Maps and look up Manor House Drive into town from the edge of the HMRC car park it shows a rare opportunity of being able to all three spires in the same eyeline, especially if the tree obscuring Holy Trinity were to be removed.

It's why I think it's imperative this road is connected to Friargate and Broadgate via Greyfriars Road and utilised as a pedestrian/tourist trail into the city in order to help bring it back to life.
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I think Warwick Roads potential will be realised when Friargate creates a better connection to that area.

That reminds me actually, the grey Cov uni accomadation block on Manor House Drive that overlooks Warwick Road, called Quadrant Hall, was scheduled to be closed in the near future. I believe its closure was in the uni's 5 year plan. When demolished, an office block on the site would fit in nicely with Friargate, assuming the scheme itself is a success and if the demand is there. It could really help to develop a proper cluster of offices in the new business quarter. (Although obviously re-development of the site is 10 years away, I think Quadrant Hall is so detrimental to that area it will be so good for the city for it to go).
Is that the former YMCA building?
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Old December 12th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #192
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I'd hope Priory Hall would be for the chop earlier.
I believe it is. The demolition of Priory Hall forms part of the first phase of redevelopment and will quickly follow the completion of the SE Enterprise Building and the new facility on Gulson Road. Attention then turns to Whitefriars Street and the surface level car park next to the university sports centre with the focus on creating a landmark gateway building at the top of London Road.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #193
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Thats a good idea CovAD.

Cov unis plans sound great. With Priory Hall gone and what was mentioned on here recently about rumours of one day having Pool Meadow as an entertainment venue that area could work really well. If the Britannia was demolished as well there could be a building that connects up well with Priory Place.
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I was flicking through a local Rugby paper thats a few weeks old and in a section about Rugbys housing quota it mentions that a planning application is expected in january 2010 to build 500 houses in Ryton. I'm guessing that will be for the ex-Peugeot site so we should see some movement on that at some point next year.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #195
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Thats a good idea CovAD.

Cov unis plans sound great. With Priory Hall gone and what was mentioned on here recently about rumours of one day having Pool Meadow as an entertainment venue that area could work really well. If the Britannia was demolished as well there could be a building that connects up well with Priory Place.
Plus the new Sport's centre, the removal of the Elephant, the reconstruction of Fairfax Street, Cox Street, and sorting out the dismal landscape caused by the ringroad.

Oh, some wishful thinking there!
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Lol, if you look at the timeframe for that in terms of decades, not years, then you never know!
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About 10 years ago they demolished loads of old cottages on the main road through Hillfields & some weaver's houses as well. It's a shame, really - they were in poor condition but still had a lot of the period features in them & the street probably looked close to how it was in the Victorian era (Apart from the towers behind it). They replaced it with a horrible space that opened up the bottom of the tower blocks and new houses.
This is what the street looks like now. Most of the old frontage buildings went 11 years ago.

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