‘A relaxed venue to enjoy the good life’
High Street woes continue for some traders while others are set to make their debut in Bath
More than 250 wines will be on offer when a specialist opens a new shop, cafe and restaurant in the centre of Bath. Beckford Bottle Shop is opening in a large site at 5-8 Saville Row next Thursday. The building has been divided into four interconnected parts, creating a wine shop, tasting rooms, cheese and charcuterie counter and cellar lounge. The tasting rooms will be a “charming, relaxed venue” to drink and enjoy wine. Glasses will be accompanied by small plate English-style tapas dishes that promise to be “inventive and tasty”. Co-owner Dan Brod said: “We are fiercely independent and passionate about great food and wine and above all warm hospitality. “We are all truly excited about bringing this spirit to beautiful Saville Row in the city which we have always loved. We have spent over a year researching and developing our original small wine shop, including trips to France and Italy, into what we truly believe will be an elegant yet relaxed venue to enjoy the good things in life.” The company said: “Locals can just pop-in or meet friends for a quick glass of wine and a tasty bite, or perhaps, indulge in a half-bottle of prosecco and fresh peach Bellini accompanied by a delicate Petite Madeleine or Biscotti. For lunch and supper, a fuller meal can be created from several small plates with a bottle of wine selected from the shop. “All the bottles in the wine shop can be opened for a set corkage charge giving an enormous range to try at an unusually decent price. “Downstairs the cellar lounge provides more intimate seating to while away the evenings in great company.” There will also be monthly tasting events featuring wine makers from around the world. And at the back of the shop there is a private dining room for tasting events and small functions. Amid claims and concerns there are too many drinking venues in the area, the firm said opening hours have been deliberately limited to respect local residents. The tasting rooms open in the morning for coffee and treats such as apple strudel which then change throughout the day. On Sundays, the small plates menu focuses on brunch accompanied by a Bloody or Virgin Mary.