Having worked in the local food scene for a number of years, first at the renowned Tontine and then Acklam Hall’s The Brierley, Phil Christie has now gone it alone and transformed the stunning building opposite Middlesbrough railway station into a bar and brasserie serving up exquisite breakfast, lunch and dinner and an expertly designed cocktail menu. The art deco grandeur of the dining room with its beautiful tiles and mirrors easily rivals the food halls of Milan.
Tell us about The Zetland Brasserie
We’ve really worked hard to refurbish the building and have uncovered and brought back to life the incredible tiles in the back room which have been there over 100 years. The Zetland Brasserie is in the heart of Middlesbrough’s historic quarter, an area which has had significant investment over recent years and we are really excited for what else is to come in this part of Middlesbrough and the area as a whole. We are a family orientated brasserie and are working to bring themed events such as gin and wine tasting evenings.
What do you love most about Middlesbrough?
The people and camaraderie! We have a spirit and bond like nowhere else. We are passionate and proud of where we come from and have achieved so much to get to where we are now in the face of adversity. I often think if I ever had to be in a situation such as being in a war trench with a group of people or in a boxing ring, there’s absolutely no other people that I’d want behind me supporting me than people from Middlesbrough – they just have the right spirit and attitude that can’t be compared to anywhere else.
What do you think would surprise people about Middlesbrough if they have never visited?
I think outside of Middlesbrough people don’t realise just what a fantastic place this is to live. We are in such close proximity to the Yorkshire countryside which is literally on our doorstep, and have parks and many green spaces, there’s a thriving food and drink scene too.
What do you get up to in Middlesbrough in your spare time?
I like to spend quality time with family, particularly outdoors – a trip to Albert Park is a great day out.
What does Middlesbrough mean to you?
Home! It’s just a great place to live and work, I couldn’t think of anywhere better to be.