Casamia, voted Bristol’s best restaurant in 2015 and The Sunday Times’ fourth best restaurant in the UK, has reopened at The General, ushering in a new era of city centre, waterside dining.
The Michelin starred fine dining establishment now occupies part of the sweeping lower ground level of The General, the iconic Grade II Listed Bristol General Hospital, which has been restored and converted by City & Country. The restaurant faces the pedestrianised Lower Guinea Street, moments from Bristol’s Floating Harbour and a short walk from Queen’s Square and the city centre.
Speaking at the reopening, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, Owner of Casamia, said:
“It is the dawn of a new chapter in Casamia’s wonderful history, and we are absolutely thrilled to open business at The General. We have a majestic, historic new home in the most fabulous location. Casamia at The General celebrates Bristol and the seasons, which are echoed through our décor, such as the seasonal display table as you walk into the restaurant, the natural materials used wherever possible and the original features we have repurposed. Now the fun begins again as we can throw open the kitchen doors and get back to what we love; pushing the boundaries of gastronomy and delighting our guests with one of the country’s very best dining experiences.”
The interior design of Casamia reflects its Spanish name, and guests will be welcomed into simple, homely surrounds. Utilising the character already afforded by the building, the restaurant has exploited many original features that City & Country restored, including the grand original wooden entrance doors.
A number of Bristol based artisans have been involved in the design of the restaurant, including Steel Vintage, who have created stunning oak dining tables (which will not be covered), local blacksmith Sam Bailey, who has helped replicate the iconic Casamia sign that will hang in front of the restaurant, and Clifton based potter Jen Hamilton, who has painstakingly created a range of stunning table wear.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, the award winning heritage developer that has transformed the hospital into a range of stunning residential properties, believes that the opening of Casamia is a watershed moment in the history of the development. She explains:
“Lower Guinea Street’s original use as a two-way access road was a problematic cut through which failed to embrace the connection between the former hospital and the waterside. As part of our redevelopment we successfully achieved consent to pedestrianise the road, knowing that it would be a major factor in creating a social, vibrant hub of public activity. The opening of Casamia, plus Paco Tapas and Pi Shop to follow later this year, means we can expect The General to become a new lifestyle destination for the city. We are immensely pleased that we have attracted one of Bristol’s most respected and well-loved businesses. We are very much looking forward to visiting soon as the new home should make the wonderful Casamia experience even better!”
The General boasts a prime location on the waterfront, a short walk from the city centre and Bristol Temple Meads Station. Following extensive restoration the hospital’s outstanding period features have been brought back to life, with a range of outstanding new and converted properties now for sale. Exciting properties to launch in 2016 is The Iron Foundary, the first newly built apartments on the development that command excellent views and a thoroughly contemporary design. They are predicted to be highly sought after and people should register their interest now.
For more information about Casamia and to book a table, visit: www.sanchezbrothers.co.uk
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