A NEW restaurant is set to open in Basingstoke in the unit previously occupied by Giraffe. 

Cosy Club has announced it will be taking over the empty unit in Festival Place, opening on Tuesday, October 8. 

The first Cosy Club launched in Taunton in 2010, by the owners of Loungers, which was founded in 2002 by a trio of long standing friends, Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop. 

Having spent years in the restaurant and bar trade they decided to launch their own bar in Bristol. 

Eight years later Cosy Club was created, and the businessmen now have numerous venues across the country including Portsmouth, Bath, Manchester and Guildford. 

Cosy Club celebrate the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging, described on the website as "think aristocratic abundance with a dash of local village cricket pavilion pottiness". 

An application has been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for a new premises licence, asking for permission to sell alcohol from 10am to 11.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 1am Thursday to Saturday. 

The restaurant offers a range of menus including vegan and gluten free, with options such as roast turmeric cauliflower, Asian seabass fillet and warm spiced aubergine, hummus and feta. 

The brunch menu includes choices such as ham hock hash, scrambled tofu and buttermilk pancakes. 

There is also an extensive drinks menu, with cocktails including Blow a Raspberry at Colin and Botanical Bliss. 

The chain also gives away free cups of tea on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 11am to combat lonliness.