Masterchef's Charlie transforms former bus waiting room

Gazette: Charlie Stocker Charlie Stocker

NEARLY 200 people packed a former bus station waiting room which has been transformed into a restaurant run by a Masterchef quarter-finalist.

Charlie Stocker served up British tapas-style food from the unlikely surroundings of St Botolph’s Waiting Room.

The former waiting area at Colchester’s old bus station, next to Firstsite, was turned into a venue and arts space by Creative Co-op and Colchester Institute.

Nearly 200 people attended an invitation-only bash onWednesday to officially launch the new venture.

They got to rub shoulders and enjoy tasters cooked up by the Masterchef: the Professionals 2012 contestant.

The Waiting Room will be open lunchtimes from Wednesday to Sunday while there will be one-off Friday fish nights for foodies to also enjoy.

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10:14am Fri 17 Jan 14

jammin says...

Wish I could have made it Charlie, your food is outstanding. I will definitely be paying you a visit at the Waiting Room.

Romantic Hero of Mersea Vineyard
Wish I could have made it Charlie, your food is outstanding. I will definitely be paying you a visit at the Waiting Room. Romantic Hero of Mersea Vineyard jammin

3:12am Sat 18 Jan 14

Boris says...

Just for the record, it was not a Waiting Room, it was a successful Café, serving snacks and light meals at low prices to hundreds of bus passengers. All the kitchen equipment was there, and probably still is. CBC evicted the man who ran the restaurant as part of the process of making the bus station as uinattractive as possible. Of course they have failed to provide anything comparable in Osborne St.
Having said that, good luck to Charlie, but he should not be calling the café "The waiting room".
Just for the record, it was not a Waiting Room, it was a successful Café, serving snacks and light meals at low prices to hundreds of bus passengers. All the kitchen equipment was there, and probably still is. CBC evicted the man who ran the restaurant as part of the process of making the bus station as uinattractive as possible. Of course they have failed to provide anything comparable in Osborne St. Having said that, good luck to Charlie, but he should not be calling the café "The waiting room". Boris

9:35am Sat 18 Jan 14

Catchedicam says...

Boris wrote:
Just for the record, it was not a Waiting Room, it was a successful Café, serving snacks and light meals at low prices to hundreds of bus passengers. All the kitchen equipment was there, and probably still is. CBC evicted the man who ran the restaurant as part of the process of making the bus station as uinattractive as possible. Of course they have failed to provide anything comparable in Osborne St.
Having said that, good luck to Charlie, but he should not be calling the café "The waiting room".
I think that calling it 'The Waiting Room' is quite inspired, a play on words between a room where you are 'waited on' and linking it to it's previous life, where you could wait for a bus. Or maybe I am getting too arty **** for my own good?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Just for the record, it was not a Waiting Room, it was a successful Café, serving snacks and light meals at low prices to hundreds of bus passengers. All the kitchen equipment was there, and probably still is. CBC evicted the man who ran the restaurant as part of the process of making the bus station as uinattractive as possible. Of course they have failed to provide anything comparable in Osborne St. Having said that, good luck to Charlie, but he should not be calling the café "The waiting room".[/p][/quote]I think that calling it 'The Waiting Room' is quite inspired, a play on words between a room where you are 'waited on' and linking it to it's previous life, where you could wait for a bus. Or maybe I am getting too arty **** for my own good? Catchedicam

10:22am Sat 18 Jan 14

Fellulah69 says...

I think the urinal wall mounted outside used as flower pots need to go. Good idea for recycling, but not at a restaurant.
I think the urinal wall mounted outside used as flower pots need to go. Good idea for recycling, but not at a restaurant. Fellulah69

11:21am Sat 18 Jan 14

truzza says...

Boris, a group of pro-active locals are transforming a disused space into something very interesting for others to enjoy. Not to mention Charlie is a very young, talented man who has chosen to showcase his wonderful cooking in Colchester. Does it really matter what it's called? Good luck to all of them.
Boris, a group of pro-active locals are transforming a disused space into something very interesting for others to enjoy. Not to mention Charlie is a very young, talented man who has chosen to showcase his wonderful cooking in Colchester. Does it really matter what it's called? Good luck to all of them. truzza

11:30pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Lillibet6 says...

Whilst congratulating the enterprising young man & respect his culinary skills

One can only deplore the immorality of the entire sorry saga that is the St Botolphs sight

The people of this town had a bus station , it had a cafe that between transition of services , waiting the next . Served a welcome cuppa etc . had it been spruced up , it was fit to coniue to serve the people of this town
Instead we have a row of bus stops . Causing more often than not Mums with pushchairs , infirm or simply the worn out to step onto the tarmac to mount a vehicle that is fitted with hydrolic lowering gizmos to embark . Seldom have I bore witness to the pavement / kerb which was a vast sum of council payers money being anywhere near to a bus at revelant time
The electronic signs more often than not do not appear to function .

Whilst a lover of the arts , and more than respectful of the array within this historical town . I can not but huff at the facts - Our Tymerleys has thankfully been resurrected by the Charringtin Family after the council closed it
Jumbo is being left to self flat pack .
The exspence was I'll timed and as is so often the case with our council ill managed , thought out

The town is dyeing , overpriced car parks . Congestion all around the circle which is the four points of entry to it
Bus station that frankly is ridiculous
Twenty four hour bus lanes when no such bus service operates twenty four hours .
U turn on fines to those using on/off week by week road scenes .

Councilors, hopefully whilst you enjoyed the skills of this young man on Wednesday . I hope you gave a thought to those people you are representuve of , whose bus station cafe you were occupying
Whilst congratulating the enterprising young man & respect his culinary skills One can only deplore the immorality of the entire sorry saga that is the St Botolphs sight The people of this town had a bus station , it had a cafe that between transition of services , waiting the next . Served a welcome cuppa etc . had it been spruced up , it was fit to coniue to serve the people of this town Instead we have a row of bus stops . Causing more often than not Mums with pushchairs , infirm or simply the worn out to step onto the tarmac to mount a vehicle that is fitted with hydrolic lowering gizmos to embark . Seldom have I bore witness to the pavement / kerb which was a vast sum of council payers money being anywhere near to a bus at revelant time The electronic signs more often than not do not appear to function . Whilst a lover of the arts , and more than respectful of the array within this historical town . I can not but huff at the facts - Our Tymerleys has thankfully been resurrected by the Charringtin Family after the council closed it Jumbo is being left to self flat pack . The exspence was I'll timed and as is so often the case with our council ill managed , thought out The town is dyeing , overpriced car parks . Congestion all around the circle which is the four points of entry to it Bus station that frankly is ridiculous Twenty four hour bus lanes when no such bus service operates twenty four hours . U turn on fines to those using on/off week by week road scenes . Councilors, hopefully whilst you enjoyed the skills of this young man on Wednesday . I hope you gave a thought to those people you are representuve of , whose bus station cafe you were occupying Lillibet6

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