Situated in Bristol’s main shopping centre, Cabot Circus, the brasserie’s refurbishment has transformed the 4,500 square foot space featuring its 110-cover main brasserie including a 48-cover mezzanine level. The former Grade I listed Friary Building will also house a bar lounge area and a cheese & wine table, as well as an external bar and lounge for outdoor drinking and dining for up to 148 guests that will invigorate the Quakers Friars square outside.
The venue will also offer a private dining room for 10-40 guests, the Calefactory – named after an important room in a medieval monastery – as well as two event spaces; Bakers Hall (40-70 guests) and Cutlers Hall (70-120 guests) available for meetings, events and weddings. In a nod to the building’s former history, design features will include bespoke pew tables and seating, together with reclaimed chapel furniture pieces.
Working alongside award-winning branding and interior design agency, Blacksheep, Brasserie Blanc has adopted a contemporary and understated new look. Designed to encourage a more relaxed dining and drinking experience, the refurbishment reflects the company’s ethos of ‘chez nous’, strengthening the group’s position as the home of real French cooking. The brasserie will offer a menu of classic and modern French dishes using seasonal ingredients designed by Brasserie Blanc’s Executive Chef Clive Fretwell and executed by Head Chef Frederic Fetiveal.
CEO Mark Derry comments: “We are delighted to mark the final phase of our brand evolution with the re-opening of our Bristol brasserie. We began this project with the aim of refreshing the Brasserie Blanc brand, ensuring the décor complements our menu of honest French cooking. We’ve received fantastic feedback for all our other refurbished brasseries so far and we are excited to reveal our 17th and final stage!”