Contracts have been exchanged between City & Country and Casamia, which will see the renowned restaurant relocate from its Westbury-on-Trym location to the site of the former Bristol General Hospital, which has been restored and converted into a range of new properties.
Under the agreement, Casamia will occupy one of the street level units on Lower Guinea Street, overlooking the harbourside. Casamia, which has held a coveted Michelin star since 2009, plans to reopen in January 2016, bringing its highly regarded menu and team of staff to the city centre.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, said:
“We are thrilled to announce this deal with Casamia. Just like City & Country, they are a family run business and we share many of the same values, including outstanding attention to detail and an insistence on quality, so it was an easy decision for us. We were exceptionally impressed by their whole team and restaurant at Westbury and we were therefore very keen to work with them to help them take the next step forward in their journey. Bringing such a well renowned restaurant to the city centre is thoroughly good news for The General, and for Bristol’s wider culinary community. Lower Guinea Street is in a prime location and Casamia’s presence will be a major contributing factor to the creation of a new, vibrant foodie scene in this part of the city.”
Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias, Co-Owner of Casamia, commented:
“Our Westbury restaurant has given us so many wonderful memories and it will forever hold a place in our hearts, but we’re incredibly excited about starting Casamia’s next chapter here at The General. We were really attracted to this development because of the heritage quality and charm that the whole scheme possesses. It is a landmark development in the city. The unit’s real character and style allow us to ensure none of Casamia’s charm and style is lost, to remain intimate whilst pushing our existing high standards to the next level. With our existing team at the helm we hope to delight guests with a truly high quality dining experience they have come to expect from us.”
Casamia has an enviable reputation as one of Bristol’s premier restaurants. Casamia was established as a trattoria by parents Susan and Paco Sanchez-Iglesias in 1999. Now, co-owned and run by brothers Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, the restaurant has changed direction. As of 2007, Casamia specialises in seasonal tasting menus that reflect childhood memories, holidays and the people met along the way. These themes are combined with the best British produce available during each season, resulting in a unique culinary experience. Having retained their Michelin star for six years, other significant accolades include 4AA Rosettes, an entry in the Top 50 Restaurant listing in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and their Chefs of the year award 2015. Winning Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant 2010, and the Bristol Good Food Awards Best Restaurant title (2013, 2014 & 2015) are also notable.
Local businesses should not miss the opportunity for to take advantage of the stylish commercial spaces and their unique setting and location.
Work has progressed in earnest since the development officially opened last year. The former hospital boasts a prime location on the waterfront, a short walk from the city centre and Bristol Temple Meads Station. Following extensive restoration the former hospital now offers an eclectic blend of period features and contemporary new homes, which combine to provide a range of outstanding new and restored properties. The development also includes a bespoke stone fountain which has been fully reinstated in an attractively landscaped central courtyard, adding to the historic ambience.
The latest range of properties for sale includes a luxurious waterfront penthouse and a number of mezzanine apartments with views of the courtyard. Prices range from £220,000 for a stylish, one bedroom apartment, to £995,000 for a luxurious penthouse. Parties interested in the remaining commercial space should contact Craig Cawthorne at Jones Lang La Salle on +44 (0)117 930 5757.
For more information visit: www.cityandcountry.co.uk and www.casamiarestaurant.co.uk
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