Wild Beer Co makes first foray into Bristol with opening of restaurant and craft beer bar at Wapping Wharf

Commuters using Gaol Ferry Road, Bristol; ©barbara evripidou; firstavenuephotography.com

Wild Beer Co will be making its first foray into Bristol with the opening of a new restaurant and craft beer bar at the city’s newest harbourside community, Wapping Wharf, this summer.

Wild Beer Co will occupy the 1960 sq ft glass-fronted, corner unit closest to the water along Gaol Ferry Steps, the newly opened route running through Wapping Wharf, connecting south Bristol with the city centre. This marks the opening of Wild Beer Co’s second site with its existing restaurant and craft beer bar based in Cheltenham.

Rich Kilpatrick, managing director of Wild Beer Bars, said: “We are incredibly excited to be getting our hands on our first Bristol site and Wapping Wharf is the perfect fit! We intend to create a unique eating and drinking experience where you’ll feel both comfortable and engaged, with a creative interior and an external terrace perfect for waterfront alfresco dining. When open, we will be pouring both our own great range of beers as well as others from some of our best brewing friends, both at home and abroad. Food will play a big part in what we do at Wapping Wharf; flavour and taste lead everything we produce.”

When complete, the Wapping Wharf development will include over 600 new homes as well as a variety of independent food and drink retailers. As well as the independent retail offering along Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf will be home to CARGO, Bristol’s first ever retail yard made of converted shipping containers. Wild Beer Co, which expects to create at least 15 new jobs at Wapping Wharf, will be joining Better Food Company, Little Victories and Mokoko, which have all confirmed their upcoming openings this summer, and Pizzarova, whose crate is already up and running at the site.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: “It is brilliant to see such great examples of independent food and drink retail coming on board at Wapping Wharf. Our vision for this new community with a ‘foodie’ focus is really starting to become a reality as the likes of Wild Beer Co and other independent restaurants, shops and cafes confirm their upcoming openings. Wild Beer Co will be a fantastic addition to the neighbourhood and will offer people a great place to relax with friends – with the option of enjoying the summer sun on their terrace too. There are plenty more retail announcements to come, so watch this space!”

Rich Kilpatrick added: “The Wild Beer Co was born out of a love of fermentation, barrel-ageing and most importantly, flavour. We believe exceptional brewing stems from imagination and passion. Brewing doesn’t need to be confined by rules, tradition or ingredients. By adding a ‘wild’ fifth ingredient or process to our beers we give you a truly memorable drinking experience. At the Wild Beer Co we are as passionate about food as we are about beer. Talk of food and flavour starts and finishes each day at the brewery. We want the food at Wapping Wharf to reflect our passion and our love of creative cooking and great flavours.”

The first phase of Wapping Wharf includes 194 apartments, 26 of which are affordable homes. Over 100 residents have moved into their homes so far and plans are well under way for phase 2 of the scheme, which is the final piece in the jigsaw that will complete the regeneration of the iconic floating harbour.