La Sala hoping to bring a bit of Marbella to Chigwell Road, Woodford Green

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A Spanish restaurant chain is hoping to bring a little bit of Marbella to Chigwell with work already under way on its first UK location.

La Sala, which has four restaurants in Spain, is due to open its first UK restaurant in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green in September as many of its customers come from the area.

The venture, which will bring 70 jobs to the area, is backed by shareholders and former footballers, including David Bentley, Stephen Carr and Michael Brown, who live local to Chigwell.

The company has already started work on a £1.5 million tranformation of the former site of the White Hart Inn.

Marbella is known as being a party destination with The Only Way is Essex show currently on air from the area in south Spain. 

A spokeswoman for the restaurant chain said: "The main reasons for choosing Chigwell were twofold, we have a database of over 3,000 local people that have been to our restaurant La Sala in Puerto Banus, and the location is local to many of our footballing related investors."

The restaurant will offer Spanish and international food, with a bar and grill menu and heated undercover outdoor seating.

James Horler, chairman of La Sala, sold his La Tasca restaurant chain for £135 million in 2007 before setting up La Sala.

He said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity as La Sala is a totally different concept and the right brand to bring to the UK at this time.

“The La Sala brand already has international recognition and we’re aiming to transfer this proven formula of atmosphere, quality, exceptional service and value to the UK.

A further five restaurants are being planned for the UK in the next three years.
 

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5:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Will reserve judgement on the food side of things, but what a crappy location at the top end of Woddford Bridge's increasingly pitiful parade of shops (not Woodford Green, not Chigwell).
Will reserve judgement on the food side of things, but what a crappy location at the top end of Woddford Bridge's increasingly pitiful parade of shops (not Woodford Green, not Chigwell). Proud of Woodford Green
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6:15pm Mon 30 Jun 14

MorrisHickey says...

I do not understand why the Grauniad repeatedly refers to businesses in Woodford Bridge as being Chigwell. And Chigwell is only Spivsville when all's said and done.
I do not understand why the Grauniad repeatedly refers to businesses in Woodford Bridge as being Chigwell. And Chigwell is only Spivsville when all's said and done. MorrisHickey
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6:59pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Sounds like the replacement for Mojo's?
Sounds like the replacement for Mojo's? Villagecranberry
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1:14pm Tue 1 Jul 14

KatieHPhoto says...

Well it's better than another rubbish bar like Mojoes or what it was. My concern is where people would park if they were to go there. The top end of Chigwell road leading to Chigwell often gets jammed up with cars parked either side of the road, it can only get worse. On the positive side however, I'm glad something is finally being done with the place!
Well it's better than another rubbish bar like Mojoes or what it was. My concern is where people would park if they were to go there. The top end of Chigwell road leading to Chigwell often gets jammed up with cars parked either side of the road, it can only get worse. On the positive side however, I'm glad something is finally being done with the place! KatieHPhoto
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1:16pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Paul Skinner says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Sounds like the replacement for Mojo's?
I can't really see it being that bad, as it's not within a sensible distance of a train station, and there's certainly no decent parking, and they can't totter that far in their heels...

Heck, look what it replaces, both now and when it was open...
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Sounds like the replacement for Mojo's?[/p][/quote]I can't really see it being that bad, as it's not within a sensible distance of a train station, and there's certainly no decent parking, and they can't totter that far in their heels... Heck, look what it replaces, both now and when it was open... Paul Skinner
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6:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

jonny mash says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote: Sounds like the replacement for Mojo's?
I can't really see it being that bad, as it's not within a sensible distance of a train station, and there's certainly no decent parking, and they can't totter that far in their heels... Heck, look what it replaces, both now and when it was open...
Like Mojoes people will arrive by the coach load from all over Essex and the cabs will be double parked on the road. This venue will attract people like "TV royalty" Mark Wright, "The Duke of Essex" Teddy Sheringham OBE, and Chloe Essex - the gorgeous cousin with the big eyes of Joey Essex from the Bafta award winning show The Only Way of Essex.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Sounds like the replacement for Mojo's?[/p][/quote]I can't really see it being that bad, as it's not within a sensible distance of a train station, and there's certainly no decent parking, and they can't totter that far in their heels... Heck, look what it replaces, both now and when it was open...[/p][/quote]Like Mojoes people will arrive by the coach load from all over Essex and the cabs will be double parked on the road. This venue will attract people like "TV royalty" Mark Wright, "The Duke of Essex" Teddy Sheringham OBE, and Chloe Essex - the gorgeous cousin with the big eyes of Joey Essex from the Bafta award winning show The Only Way of Essex. jonny mash
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