Fast-growing chain has roots firmly in county
FROM humble beginnings on a street corner to opening five restaurants within three years, this sensational business is proud of its Cheltenham roots
Thanks to its winning combination of Sri Lankan street food, warm hospitality and pared back, street style interiors, The Coconut Tree has captured the imagination of many
From ceilings plastered in Sri Lankan newspapers to a bar adorned in copper pennies set in resin, white and blue enamel bowls to beautifully colourful food – you would be forgiven for thinking that you might have walked into an embodiment of a Pinterest search for “shabby chic”.
The Coconut Tree is an independent Sri Lankan restaurant chain that began its success story in St Paul’s, Cheltenham and has now been nominated for the New Business Of The Year award at the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards thanks to its undisputed success since opening a mere three years ago.
The Coconut Tree began serving Sri Lankan street food in November 2016, launched by five friends who originally had a vision and a head full of ideas but no additional financial backing at the time.
The former pub was entirely gutted, redecorated and officially opened its doors, shooting to the No1-ranked restaurant in Cheltenham on Tripadvisor within three months.
Wherever possible, the company utilises local suppliers and businesses to cover every aspect, from Bath Road Butchers in Cheltenham to local window cleaners.
This in turn means that although the team is bringing the brilliant spices and explosive flavours of Sri Lanka to Cheltenham, they’re also still proud of their Gloucestershire roots and work to support other local businesses, acknowledging how important this is.
Following their success, the team now have an astounding five sites, with a few more on the horizon. Originally starting with five founders working evenings to set up the restaurant while still holding down day jobs, they now employ just over 150 staff across all of their sites, with this number expected to soar to 200 by the end of the year.
Last year saw two restaurants open in Bristol with the most recent launch in
Cardiff city centre, which opened in June. There is no stopping them as they plan to open at least two more sites next year in key locations.
The Coconut Tree is just one of the brilliant finalists in the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards. To find out more about the awards and to get your hands on those all-important tickets, then visit https://reachplcevents.com/ events/ west/ gloucestershire-live- business-awards/
Pennies set in resin make an eye-catching feature at The Coconut Tree, which now has five outlets
Where it all began for the team in St Paul’s, Cheltenham