Wild move Bar and restau­rant an­nounce they are to leave town

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By PHIL NOR­RIS

ABAR and restau­rant in Chel­tenham has shocked its cus­tomers by say­ing it is clos­ing for good next month.

Wild Beer at Jes­sop House said it is clos­ing its doors at Cam­bray Place on Fri­day, March 8 af­ter three-and-a-half years in the town cen­tre.

The an­nounce­ment, made on the venue’s Face­book page and web­site, has been greeted with dis­may.

No sin­gle rea­son was given for the clo­sure and the state­ment sug­gested there were a “mul­ti­tude of rea­sons” be­hind the de­ci­sion.

The bar was opened in 2015 and was the com­pany’s first venue.

At the time of open­ing, com­pany co­founder An­drew Cooper said: “We like com­ing to and love the feel of Chel­tenham.

“I think we have seen all over the UK a lot of new beer of­fers and we felt that there was an op­por­tu­nity to put a more pro­gres­sive beer of­fer­ing in Chel­tenham .”

The restau­rant, just a short walk from the new John Lewis & Part­ners store on the High Street, will now be shut dur­ing the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val - one of the busiest times of year for the town.

Wild Beer at Jes­sop House has an av­er­age Tripad­vi­sor rat­ing of four stars (out of five) out of 222 re­views.

Five-star re­views praised its wel­com­ing at­mos­phere, qual­ity of the food and the ‘amaz­ing beers’ - as well as be­ing dog-friendly.

Com­ments in more neg­a­tive re­views re­marked on the prices of the beer.

Food blog­ger Alex Hodgkin­son is a food writer and am­bas­sador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revo­lu­tion char­ity.

He blogs at food­fit­for­fe­lix.com and said of Wild Beer last April: “I’ve been more than pleas­antly sur­prised by Wild Beer Co as I sim­ply wouldn’t nor­mally ex­pect to be served dishes that stand up to the un­bri­dled qual­ity of their hugely suc­cess­ful and de­li­ciously ex­otic craft beer se­lec­tion. A truly great af­ter­noon es­cape.”

On its Face­book page, cus­tomers were quick to make their feel­ings known about the clo­sure and here is a flavour of the com­ments.

One woman said sim­ply: “NOOOOOOOO”

As did a male cus­tomer: “Nooooooooo­oo!”

An­other per­son de­scribed it as a “home from home” and an­other man said he was “gutted” to hear the an­nounce­ment.

One woman won­dered: “Where are we go­ing to have our post race drinks and fab­u­lous gold cup meal this year?”

And some­one else tagged in a friend to say: “We need to go be­fore they close.” phillip.nor­[email protected]­plc.com

Wild Beer at Jes­sop House was set up in 2015

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