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Mother and son team relaunch Lichfield city centre restaurant

A Lichfield restaurant has reopened under new ownership.

The Olive Tree has been purchased by mother and son team Yvonne and Matt Smith.

Matt Smith, Dan Pawar from HSBC and Yvonne Smith cutting the ribbon on the reopening of The Olive Tree in Lichfield
Matt Smith, Dan Pawar from HSBC and Yvonne Smith cutting the ribbon on the reopening of The Olive Tree in Lichfield

The duo, who have more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, will take on the business which they say will serve seasonal British food by sourcing local produce.

The purchase of the restaurant was supported by a commercial mortgage from HSBC.

Matt said: “We’re excited to launch our new restaurant after weeks of renovation.

“Together, we will work closely with suppliers throughout Staffordshire to produce a consistent, seasonal menu that we hope our customers will love.”

The renovation work has included new flooring, new toilets, an improved foyer area and changes to the lighting and signage.

Chris Millage, HSBC area director for direct business banking in Birmingham, said: “In the Midlands, the food and drink industry is an extremely competitive market with a large number of independent businesses and the re-launch of The Olive Tree restaurant will help elevate the city’s food and drink offer.

“HSBC was delighted to support Matt and Yvonne as they embark on a new chapter. I wish them the best for the future.”

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3 Comments

  1. Philip John

    22nd January, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been, it’s nice!

  2. Amanda Shaw

    22nd January, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I agree with the previous comment, I went to lunch with several friends and both the presentation and flavours were absolutely delightful. Look forward to trying the seasonal menu’s which is a welcomed change from sadly a lot of restaurants nowadays which buy pre-prepared meals in. Good luck!

  3. Steve

    23rd January, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Great to see something unique come to Lichfield and not just another chain.

    Good luck to you.

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