Cosmo (restaurant)

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Buffet restaurant
Founded 2003
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations

Cosmo is a chain of 19 buffet restaurants in the United Kingdom. Its branch in Valley Leisure Park, Croydon, was formerly the UK's biggest restaurant.[1]

The first location opened in 2003 in Eastbourne and now the chain operates 19 restaurants: 14 in England, three in Scotland and one each in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The restaurants include live cooking stations where customers can have food freshly cooked.[2]


The first Cosmo restaurant opened in Eastbourne in 2003 and since then has enjoyed continuous growth and expansion. Between 2003 and June 2012 Cosmo opened in Bristol, Chatham, Coventry, Croydon, Romford, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Wolverhampton, and Swansea.

A branch opened in Croydon in November 2011 and at the time was Britain's biggest restaurant with a seating capacity of 800.[3]

In July 2012, Cosmo opened restaurants in Reading, Aberdeen and Belfast.

In 2015, Cosmo was officially voted 3rd in the CGA Peach Brand Track Survey (out of the top 40 restaurant brands in the UK) for "Customer Satisfaction" and 2nd for "Value for Money".

In 2016, it has opened restaurants in Oxford, Dublin and Southampton.

Its Oxford branch has won very positive reviews. The Oxford Mail said: "Cosmo definitely has the wow factor" (June 23, 2016) while monthly glossy OX Magazine said: "There is serious fun and genuinely great food to be had" (August 2016).

Also in 2016 the Tunbridge Wells branch was closed down, following a visit from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's environmental health team. A spokesman for the council said that they had served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice to close the premises because it was considered that conditions there posed an imminent and significant risk to food safety.[4] The inspection revealed there was "poor maintenance of routine cleaning, poor structural condition, and drainage defect in the basement kitchen resulting in a significant risk of food contamination".[5]


The restaurant serves up more 150 dishes from around the world including China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Vietnam, England and India.[6] Examples of dishes include sushi, sweet and sour pork, pizza, salmon fillet in black bean sauce and Chicken Korma.[7]





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  1. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (19 November 2010). "Feeding frenzy: Britain's biggest restaurant opens for business". The Guardian. London. 
  2. ^ Union Square – Cosmo
  3. ^ "Don't fancy doing the washing up much! Britain's biggest restaurant throws open its doors to 2,100 diners a night". Daily Mail. London. 29 November 2011. 
  4. ^ McConnell, Ed (12 September 2016). "Tunbridge Wells: Cosmo, on the corner of Grosvenor Road and Hanover Road, shut by council over food safety fears". Kent Messenger. Tunbridge Wells. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Closed down Cosmo to become US ice cream parlour". Times of Tunbridge Wells. Tunbridge Wells. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Cosmo Archived 2013-01-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Cosmo Archived 2013-01-23 at the Wayback Machine.

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