Dean’s Diner is latest big name at St Stephen’s Place, Trowbridge

Wiltshire Times: Paul Ashton with his team at Dean's Diner at St Stephen's Place Leisure Park. Picture by Trevor Porter Paul Ashton with his team at Dean's Diner at St Stephen's Place Leisure Park. Picture by Trevor Porter

American 1950s style restaurant Dean’s Diner became the latest firm to open its doors at St Stephen’s Place Leisure Park in Trowbridge.

The restaurant joined Nando’s, Prezzo, Frankie & Benny’s, Odeon and Premier Inn by becoming the newest addition to the award-winning St Stephen’s Place, which was launched last year.

Enhanced by a retro jukebox, menu choices range from classic hamburgers, hot dogs and milkshakes through to house specials such as Dean's All Day Brunch.

Paul Ashton, 25, who was recruited as general manager from over 300 applicants, said: “I’m a local lad, and have lived in Trowbridge all my life. Being given the opportunity to work locally in something I enjoy is truly fantastic.

“I’m confident Dean’s Diner is going to be a great addition to St Stephen’s Place, and hope that the local community in Trowbridge will enjoy everything we have to offer."

Dean’s Diner will soon be joined Mexican restaurant Chiquito, which has been announced by Legal & General as the next addition to St Stephen’s Place Leisure Park.

The chain is due to start fitting out in mid-July, with Chiquito occupying a 4,000 sq ft unit on a 25-year lease. It is expected to create 40 new jobs.

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10:06am Fri 18 Jul 14

Tacho says...

Can somebody explain to me why this has been called a leisure complex. Its a cinema sarrounded by restaurants. Hardly avast choice of leisure activities !
Can somebody explain to me why this has been called a leisure complex. Its a cinema sarrounded by restaurants. Hardly avast choice of leisure activities ! Tacho
  • Score: 9

10:30am Fri 18 Jul 14

GP & JK GOT IT WRONG says...

I agree with you Tacho ,lets hope the former Bowyers site doesnt open with the original application which will be a duplicate of st stephens place with ANOTHER supermarket . I believe they are still uncertain which application to move forward with or could submit a third .
I agree with you Tacho ,lets hope the former Bowyers site doesnt open with the original application which will be a duplicate of st stephens place with ANOTHER supermarket . I believe they are still uncertain which application to move forward with or could submit a third . GP & JK GOT IT WRONG
  • Score: 4

1:03pm Fri 18 Jul 14

AMVanquish007 says...

I dont know where you are getting your information from GP and JK, but if you go on Innox Riverside Facebook you will see the latest press release on there. There is no confusion-the Morrisons will be built as will the Cineworld and the restaurants. It will be the main application. It will mean a minor reapplication to shift the petrol station on to it which will happen in the autumn. As it was already on the second application it would be folly to turn it down especially after a costly planning appeal where the council failed miserably and flew in the face of what people wanted.
i suggest you and PCS stop being wildly imaginative
I dont know where you are getting your information from GP and JK, but if you go on Innox Riverside Facebook you will see the latest press release on there. There is no confusion-the Morrisons will be built as will the Cineworld and the restaurants. It will be the main application. It will mean a minor reapplication to shift the petrol station on to it which will happen in the autumn. As it was already on the second application it would be folly to turn it down especially after a costly planning appeal where the council failed miserably and flew in the face of what people wanted. i suggest you and PCS stop being wildly imaginative AMVanquish007
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Tacho wrote:
Can somebody explain to me why this has been called a leisure complex. Its a cinema sarrounded by restaurants. Hardly avast choice of leisure activities !
It depends on one's definition of the word leisure I suppose. If it's applied as meaning time or activity spent away from work, then it is quite rightly described as a leisure complex. To some people going to the cinema is a leisure activity, as is going for a meal with family or friends. Others consider working up a sweat in a gym a leisure activity. And then there are others who for some reason can't see beyond a ten pin bowling alley.
[quote][p][bold]Tacho[/bold] wrote: Can somebody explain to me why this has been called a leisure complex. Its a cinema sarrounded by restaurants. Hardly avast choice of leisure activities ![/p][/quote]It depends on one's definition of the word leisure I suppose. If it's applied as meaning time or activity spent away from work, then it is quite rightly described as a leisure complex. To some people going to the cinema is a leisure activity, as is going for a meal with family or friends. Others consider working up a sweat in a gym a leisure activity. And then there are others who for some reason can't see beyond a ten pin bowling alley. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 10

5:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

trow paint says...

AMVanquish007 wrote:
I dont know where you are getting your information from GP and JK, but if you go on Innox Riverside Facebook you will see the latest press release on there. There is no confusion-the Morrisons will be built as will the Cineworld and the restaurants. It will be the main application. It will mean a minor reapplication to shift the petrol station on to it which will happen in the autumn. As it was already on the second application it would be folly to turn it down especially after a costly planning appeal where the council failed miserably and flew in the face of what people wanted.
i suggest you and PCS stop being wildly imaginative
AVM Its good to read there is an update on the Innox Riverside Facebook page because the Innox Riverside website hasn't been updated for almost a year (30-7-2013) very lazy. I for one do not use Facebook.
That said I am in favour of the proposal and think it will be a credit to Trowbridge.
[quote][p][bold]AMVanquish007[/bold] wrote: I dont know where you are getting your information from GP and JK, but if you go on Innox Riverside Facebook you will see the latest press release on there. There is no confusion-the Morrisons will be built as will the Cineworld and the restaurants. It will be the main application. It will mean a minor reapplication to shift the petrol station on to it which will happen in the autumn. As it was already on the second application it would be folly to turn it down especially after a costly planning appeal where the council failed miserably and flew in the face of what people wanted. i suggest you and PCS stop being wildly imaginative[/p][/quote]AVM Its good to read there is an update on the Innox Riverside Facebook page because the Innox Riverside website hasn't been updated for almost a year (30-7-2013) very lazy. I for one do not use Facebook. That said I am in favour of the proposal and think it will be a credit to Trowbridge. trow paint
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Fri 18 Jul 14

trow paint says...

trow paint wrote:
AMVanquish007 wrote:
I dont know where you are getting your information from GP and JK, but if you go on Innox Riverside Facebook you will see the latest press release on there. There is no confusion-the Morrisons will be built as will the Cineworld and the restaurants. It will be the main application. It will mean a minor reapplication to shift the petrol station on to it which will happen in the autumn. As it was already on the second application it would be folly to turn it down especially after a costly planning appeal where the council failed miserably and flew in the face of what people wanted.
i suggest you and PCS stop being wildly imaginative
AVM Its good to read there is an update on the Innox Riverside Facebook page because the Innox Riverside website hasn't been updated for almost a year (30-7-2013) very lazy. I for one do not use Facebook.
That said I am in favour of the proposal and think it will be a credit to Trowbridge.
Oops apologies that should have been AMV
[quote][p][bold]trow paint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AMVanquish007[/bold] wrote: I dont know where you are getting your information from GP and JK, but if you go on Innox Riverside Facebook you will see the latest press release on there. There is no confusion-the Morrisons will be built as will the Cineworld and the restaurants. It will be the main application. It will mean a minor reapplication to shift the petrol station on to it which will happen in the autumn. As it was already on the second application it would be folly to turn it down especially after a costly planning appeal where the council failed miserably and flew in the face of what people wanted. i suggest you and PCS stop being wildly imaginative[/p][/quote]AVM Its good to read there is an update on the Innox Riverside Facebook page because the Innox Riverside website hasn't been updated for almost a year (30-7-2013) very lazy. I for one do not use Facebook. That said I am in favour of the proposal and think it will be a credit to Trowbridge.[/p][/quote]Oops apologies that should have been AMV trow paint
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brandx says...

I am pleasantly surprised that more eateries are still coming on to the St Stephens site. Only a couple more to let now. I wonder just who else can come - perhaps an up market Chinese.

Good to see that the advocates of the old Bowyers site are still in fine form. Filling station - yes, that is wanted for sure. Another supermarket - well, maybe, but everyone reckons large supermarkets are not popular now. As for more eateries. I can't see more coming. Looks like St Stephens has collared the market.

And then there is the old Peter Blacks site - next to St Stephens. Lots of talk about a family pub/restaurant going there along with a M & S Simply Food.

We shall see.
I am pleasantly surprised that more eateries are still coming on to the St Stephens site. Only a couple more to let now. I wonder just who else can come - perhaps an up market Chinese. Good to see that the advocates of the old Bowyers site are still in fine form. Filling station - yes, that is wanted for sure. Another supermarket - well, maybe, but everyone reckons large supermarkets are not popular now. As for more eateries. I can't see more coming. Looks like St Stephens has collared the market. And then there is the old Peter Blacks site - next to St Stephens. Lots of talk about a family pub/restaurant going there along with a M & S Simply Food. We shall see. brandx
  • Score: 7

10:21am Sun 20 Jul 14

beetawix says...

Mrs Donnyfly suggested definitions of leisure and that this place is rightly described as a leisure complex.

But what is complex about it?
Mrs Donnyfly suggested definitions of leisure and that this place is rightly described as a leisure complex. But what is complex about it? beetawix
  • Score: -5

8:05am Tue 22 Jul 14

Spacecadet12 says...

Just wanted to say , we went for a family meal in Deans Diner and it was Brilliant , My son has autism and thanks to the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere he coped wonderfully . Will be going again for more family meals out .
Just wanted to say , we went for a family meal in Deans Diner and it was Brilliant , My son has autism and thanks to the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere he coped wonderfully . Will be going again for more family meals out . Spacecadet12
  • Score: 11

2:59pm Wed 23 Jul 14

brandx says...

I went to Frankie and Benny's last night with my family. As it was a Tuesday I was surprised that it was so busy. They were seriously packed.

We got our starters OK and they were fine, but we had to wait over 90 minutes to get our main courses. That spoilt the whole evening. I called for the manager and complained. He was apologetic, saying that they never expected so much trade at the beginning of the week.. He gave me a discount reduction on the bill. Then nearby tables heard this, they said they had also been waiting so long for service. and wanted a reduction.
When we did finally get the mains the food was reasonable, but the whole experience was ruined by the poor service. Perhaps they are a victim of their own success, but they have lost a lot of goodwill with me and I have already recounted my experience a number of times.

WE OBVIOUSLY NEED MORE EATERIES ON ST STEPHENS, TROWBRIDGE. PERHAPS THERE IS EVEN SCOPE FOR SOME ON THE OLD BOWYERS SITE.
I went to Frankie and Benny's last night with my family. As it was a Tuesday I was surprised that it was so busy. They were seriously packed. We got our starters OK and they were fine, but we had to wait over 90 minutes to get our main courses. That spoilt the whole evening. I called for the manager and complained. He was apologetic, saying that they never expected so much trade at the beginning of the week.. He gave me a discount reduction on the bill. Then nearby tables heard this, they said they had also been waiting so long for service. and wanted a reduction. When we did finally get the mains the food was reasonable, but the whole experience was ruined by the poor service. Perhaps they are a victim of their own success, but they have lost a lot of goodwill with me and I have already recounted my experience a number of times. WE OBVIOUSLY NEED MORE EATERIES ON ST STEPHENS, TROWBRIDGE. PERHAPS THERE IS EVEN SCOPE FOR SOME ON THE OLD BOWYERS SITE. brandx
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

D@ve says...

Definitely more scope for restaurants and bars. Other than Wetherspoons, there is not a chain in the town.

I hear that Prezzo is one of their most successful outlets in the UK, not bad going!
Definitely more scope for restaurants and bars. Other than Wetherspoons, there is not a chain in the town. I hear that Prezzo is one of their most successful outlets in the UK, not bad going! D@ve
  • Score: 1

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