On 16 November, James Martin Kitchen launched at Debenhams, intu Lakeside. As part of the department store’s multi-million pound modernisation, James Martin Kitchen, operated by SSP, is the first of its brand to open within a leading department store and shopping centre.

With over 20 years’ experience, popular celebrity chef James Martin launched James Martin Kitchen in 2015 to serve up ‘proper British food’ made with fresh ingredients that are sourced as locally as possible.


With menu choices for breakfast and lunch ranging from porridge and pastries to soups and sandwiches as well as snacks such as delicious homemade cakes, James Martin Kitchen is sure to be a hit with intu Lakeside’s customers.


Ben Leeson, Marketing Manager at intu Lakeside, commented: “We are delighted to welcome James Martin Kitchen to our Debenhams store here at intu Lakeside and to be the first shopping centre to launch the brand. With our leisure development set to take place over the next couple of years, this restaurant makes a fantastic addition to our growing and varied food offering at the centre.”

Peter Moore, Senior Store Manager at Debenhams, intu Lakeside, says: “Our store modernisation here at intu Lakeside has been a fantastic success and throughout 2016 we have welcomed a range of exciting new brands that have proved to be extremely popular with our customers. Our customers’ experience has been at the forefront of our modernisation project and we have no doubt that James Martin Kitchen will be a great addition to our store. We’re really excited be the first department store to welcome the brand and we think our customers will love it!”


Sam Shutt, Head of External Business – food at Debenhams said: “The opening of the James Martin Kitchen represents a significant step forward in our desire to provide an exciting, quality, affordable premium food offer, for both our valued and loyal customers of today, whilst reaching out to a new customer audience for the future. Debenhams is pleased to be offering the first James Martin Kitchen outside of the travel retail sector.”


Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK, which operates the restaurant, said; “James Martin Kitchen has been a big hit with airport and rail station passengers, and we are confident that it will be equally as well received at Debenhams in intu Lakeside.”


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