Elysium Group, the Essex-based restaurant and bar operator, is opening a new £2.5m venue, Pavilion, in Colchester.

Described as a pan-pacific concept restaurant, Pavilion Lounge & Restaurant will open in a Grade II listed former River Lodge pub, at 20-22 Middleborough, on the edge of the River Colne.

The all day-day dining venue, with a restaurant, terrace, and private dining rooms, will be open for breakfasts, business lunches, celebrations, dinner and drinks.

The cuisine is inspired by Japanese Sakana dining, meaning food to be eaten with alcohol, with fresh seafood, oysters, ceviche, sashimi and a Japanese Robatayaki charcoal grill.

Elysium, founded by Ash Afzainia in 2002, has six venues in Colchester along with Mimosa in Chelsea, west London.