A NEW restaurant and bar promising to cater for a 'wide-range' age groups has opened as part of the £20 million Cathedral Square development.

Cosy Club opened to the public on Tuesday and held a launch night on Monday night for local businesses.

The restaurant sells a range of burgers and sandwiches as well as its popular tapas menu and a brunch list.

The restaurant opens at 9am in the morning and stays open until late when its extensive cocktail menu, its biggest seller according to the senior operations manager, will be a star attraction.

Paul Alexander, senior operations director said: "People do get a bit confused with us as they think its only a bar or only a restaurant but we are genuinely both.

"We cater for a wide-range of age groups, whether they are coming for a coffee, a meal or even a night out.

"Our cocktails are our biggest seller but there are plenty of times to use our bar and restaurant.

"At Cosy Club, we serve up a sense of being somewhere special with a hint of nostalgia.

"We’re in the heart of Cathedral Square overlooking Elgar’s statue and we’re thrilled to be part of such an exciting development.

"Our purpose is simple: every customer leaves feeling splendid. We are from Bristol and have restaurants in places like Birmingham and Cheltenham so Worcester was somewhere we have been interested in for a while."

The bar also has a large wine selection and a choice of popular beers and guest ales.

As part of the development, 40 jobs will be created with there still scope to add more members of staff to the 170 seating venue.

Loungers has invested £852,000 transforming the unit in Cathedral Square.

At the launch night, Worcester News reporters Sebastian Richards and Christian Barnett were treated to tapas.

Pigs in Blankets with a special twist were the highlights as they were drizzled in sticky cider, honey and mustard glazed sauce.

Also served were delicious beef and pork meatballs in a tomato and red wine sauce in addition to garlic mushrooms with chestnut, sautéed in garlic butter.

The restaurant is rather more spacious than the name suggests with mix-matched tables and dining chairs, sleek 1930s sofas and mid-century sideboards.

The walls are adorned with flock wallpaper, William Morris classics, family portraits, flags, banners and iconic 50s artwork.

The Cosy Club team will be giving away ration booklets, sampling cocktails and tapas at the Cathedral Square launch event on Saturday.

The restaurant will also be running a cocktail masterclass at the Worcester Foodie Festival on Friday August 4.