Bath Ales, the brewer and pub operator, has unveiled its two new venues housed at Bristol’s Colston Hall.
Comprising of two separate locations inside the city centre concert venue, the new venues are a charcuterie bar/restaurant called Gordito and Colston Street Bar & Kitchen, a café bar with a modern American and European themed menu.
Whilst the café bar has always been trading, the restaurant was vacant at the start of Bath Ales’ lease and has since undergone a makeover at the hands of the brewer and the design team from Simple Simon.
Robin Couling, managing director of Bath Ales, said: “Our retail division is now a huge part of our business. Over the past few years we’ve quickly expanded from being a local brewer to being a major retail operator in the South West as well as quality beer producer. We tailor every new venue we open to the surrounding area and consumer base whilst always trying to do something different which will genuinely excite people.”
Bath Ales now run 12 venues across the South West ranging from cosy city pubs like the Salamander and the Hop Pole, to vibrant brasseries like Graze, or craft beer bar Beerd, which was the first of its kind to open in Bristol.
Couling said: “We are confident we do interesting things and set high standards - be that brewing something with unique flavours to trying something completely new with our pubs and the menus we create.”
The menus in the new venues have been designed by Bath Ales’ executive chef Alice Bowyer.
She said: “We’ve wanted to open a charcuterie and wine bar for a while and Gordito gives us the chance to experiment with a different style of food and drink. We’ve sourced the finest cured meat from home and abroad for our menu, which features delicacies such as jamon croquetas and frito mixto, just like you’d find in Barcelona’s La Boqueria market.”
Styled on a bustling charcuterie bar, the centre piece of Gordito is a red tiled bar, where customers can sit and enjoy small plates and a glass of wine.
The company said that the Colston Street Bar & Kitchen boasts a “relaxed atmosphere which is geared up for all-day dining with large tables for groups as well as smaller tables for couples”. The menu features spiced chicken wings, harissa yogurt and date and whisky pudding with bourbon sauce.