Downtown Bar & Grill, Letchworth

The Broadway hotel, first built in 1961, comes of age in 2021.

The Broadway Hotel’s restaurant emerged on the 17th of May as a stylish Art Deco bar and restaurant. Following an extensive £400k redevelopment of the ground floor.

The restaurant, re named ‘Downtown bar and grill’, becomes a new and improved destination for great food and drink in Letchworth.   The distinctive black and gold signage draws you into the new restaurant, presenting a contemporary yet retro interior.

A choice of surprising fabrics, leather sofas for casual drinking,  granite topped tables, a roll top zinc bar,  extensive curved sociable seating in our bay windows, all makes a great space for meeting both family and friends. The new lighting transforms even the most intimate corner tables, into cosy spaces to sit.

At Table Orders

From the grill

A New York inspired sandwich and burger menu, Sous vide and aged steaks from Dorset and Somerset, fresh fish from Peterhead and vegan dishes create an extensive and varied menu.

From the bar

Nine imported Bavarian beers, new wines from California, two new bespoke cask beers appropriately named “Broadway and Wall Street” , brewed for us by our sister business, The Old Cannon Brewery. Plus a huge range of gins and new cocktails… Come in and taste our delicious Espresso Martini!

Holding on to its history

Downtown bar & Grill will continue to offer the Broadways famous  ‘Sunday Roast Lunch’,  as it always has. With Basia Krol, the brains behind the business, and  her team, looking forward to welcoming old friends and new.

The biggest change however is the introduction of a more premium service style for  guests, with 15 more floor team employed to deliver a full-service restaurant experience.

The feedback since opening has been extraordinary, with many guests re booking whilst they are still at table

Why Letchworth?

The Cloisters building has been designated as one of the ‘great historic buildings of North Hertfordshire’
Reputedly, the design of The Cloisters building came to devout Quaker, Annie Lawrence, in a dream
The Icknield Way Path is often referred to as the oldest road in Britain
The generous width of The Broadway was to accommodate for a tramway to Hitchin, but this was never built
The Spirella Corset Company offered employees free eye tests and bicycle repairs
The Church of St Mary is the oldest building in the area, dating back to the 11th century
Letchworth Garden City became a global model for town planning
Since 1912, Letchworth has been home to one of the UK’s largest colonies of the rare black squirrels
The UK’s first traffic roundabout was built in Letchworth circa 1909
The Grade II listed Spirella Building housed a ballroom, library, gymnasium, showers and baths for employees
The Church of St Mary was constructed on the foundations of a Saxon church
The Church of St Mary is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086
The tree-lined avenue, The Broadway, is nearly a mile long
Town planner, Ebenezer Howard, was the visionary behind Letchworth Garden City
The Cloisters was built using grey Suffolk bricks, Purbeck stone, flintwork and vivid orange Suffolk tiles
The Spirella Corset Company became known as ‘Castle Corset’
Letchworth Garden City was founded in 1905, the first manifestation of the English garden city movement
The 2013 film The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, was filmed in Letchworth
The 13.6-mile Greenway that encircles Letchworth is the UK’s first ‘Green Belt’
Letchworth has a growing population of muntjac deer
Letchworth is the world’s first garden city
The Icknield Way Path has been walked for thousands of years
Letchworth’s nationally renowned Cheap Cottage Exhibitions of 1905 and 1907 resulted in the launch of the famous Ideal Home Show
In 1962, The Broadway Hotel became the first public house and licensed premises in the centre of Letchworth
The Cloisters was built in 1907 but was never fully completed
The first George Orwell Festival was held in Letchworth and Wallington in 2011
The Spirella Factory was constructed between 1912 and 1920
Neighbourhoods in Boston, Sao Paulo, Montreal, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cape Town were influenced by the Letchworth town model
Letchworth’s heated open-air swimming pool was built in 1935
Walk the Icknield Way Path, 110 miles across the South of England, from Buckinghamshire to Suffolk
The Broadway Cinema opened in 1936 in a regal Art Deco building
Letchworth Garden City is one of the world’s first planned new towns
Norton Common has won the Green Flag award five years in a row
Notable people from Letchworth include actor Laurence Olivier, film director Michael Winner, and scientist Magnus Pike

Basia asked us to say:

Come soon, book often and bring your friends!