The Maltings Is Back!

Ely’s riverside is going to be the place to be for the young and old now with the Maltings set to reopen this week.

The building will once again become the heart of the riverside as a place to have something to eat, see the latest film or stop for a cup of tea.

The reopening follows a complete renovation of the building from the kitchen to the conference rooms to a whole new roof. This took place while Leith’s – a renown expert in catering and hospitality working in such places as the Royal Albert Hall and Somerset House won the contract to run the building.

The doors will be opening on Thursday 26 March for the public to come in and test the facilities ahead of a launch event on 2 April.

Cllr Fred Brown, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The Maltings is a key building for the regeneration of Ely’s riverside and we are glad to have it back. In these difficult economic times, going out for an evening meal, taking in a bit of culture or even a quick drink helps to make things a little better and can briefly take your mind off the state of the world. All the things that make the Maltings great will be coming back from the cinema, conference facilities and restaurant.

“The building will be open to the public from 26 March ahead of the official opening on the 2 April as Leith’s test all the new equipment and facilities to make sure they are all working well. So please come on down, have a cup of tea or a snack and let us know what you think of the place. We think you will like it so it can once again be the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night.”

For more information please contact the Maltings on 01353 662633.

About Leith’s

Leith’s, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, will provide catering and facilities management for The Maltings for 10 years.

Leith’s specialises in providing conferencing and banqueting, hospitality and food services to cultural, arts and exhibition locations throughout the country. Some notable Leith’s locations include: The Royal Albert Hall; Somerset House; Leeds Castle; Earls Court; Olympia; ExCeL and Hatfield House.

What’s new for The Maltings
During the renovation of the building, areas including the kitchens, restaurant and four conferencing areas were refurbished to a high specification while ensuring the building and outside areas are in keeping with the surroundings.

15 staff from the local area have been employed to manage and undertake catering and front-of-house services, and a local full-time sales manager will be responsible for organising all events at The Maltings.

What’s on for the community

The renovated Maltings has plenty to offer including:

A theatre-style cinema showing recent films, including Slumdog Millionaire; Frost v Nixon; The Young Victoria.

A multi-functional space for plays, concerts, disco nights and other events which can be hired by local and non-local residents and businesses.

Banqueting, conferencing and wedding facilities in a variety of rooms suitable for different sized groups.

A 120-seat restaurant open from 10:00 until 21:30 daily serving family oriented food of a British-Mediterranean mix.

A café serving teas, coffees, snacks and full afternoon teas.

A bar open until 23:00.

About Sean Loftus, General Manager

Sean Loftus is the new general manager for The Maltings. Having lived in the Ely and Cambridge area for more than 10 years, Sean understands the charm and attraction of The Maltings and, having worked in the catering and events industry for more than 20 years, Sean is well-placed to manage this remarkable venue.

2 replies
  1. Liz Burnett
    Liz Burnett says:

    I agree with Anne’s comments whole heartedly as I’ve been on several occasions and each time has been a nightmare.

    It’s a huge disappointment that the management of the Maltings haven’t made a go of this wonderful venue since it re-opened in April 2009. Why don’t they invest in making the restaurant area more appealing and bring in good staff and train them appropriately?

    I really thought it would be “the” restaurant to go to in Ely, with Leiths vast experience and good reputation, but it’s hardly ever open for a meal and the staff just seem demotivated and don’t care.

    Surely the District Council would have made sure that the contract with Leiths was water tight and would deliver what Ely wants? Instead, it seems to be turning into a disco / night club.

    Come on the powers that be – shake it all up and make it work.

    So much for stopping off for a quick drink and meal on my way home in the evenings – it’s just not open. No wonder they can’t make a profit.

    The bar is totally inefficient when a large event is on – again there’s no planning for enough staff to cope. During one event, I found it quicker to go out for an interval drink at the Cutter pub (a short stroll away) than to use the Maltings bar.

  2. Anne Newman
    Anne Newman says:

    What a disappointment the refurbished Maltings has turned out to be. The staff are unfriendly and unhelpful and customer service is non existent. It seems the staff see customers as rather a nuisance. After waiting a very long time to be served we eventually gave up and went somewhere that could be bothered to serve us. I will not be returning.

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