‘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

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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.

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