This summer, the family behind the Bar 44 tapas bars will be opening their first venue outside of Wales when they open in Clifton Village this July.
Tom, Owen and Natalie Morgan will be bringing their unique take on modern Spanish dining to 18-20 Regent Street, formerly home to chain restaurant Wildwood.
The first Bar 44 opened in Cowbridge 16 years ago, followed by Penarth and Cardiff, with Bristol the fourth location for the brand.
Bar 44 boasts a combination of seasonal dishes, made with some of the finest ingredients from both Spain and the UK. In addition, there will be a 100% Spanish drinks list, featuring rare sherries, Gin Tonicas, bespoke Spanish cocktails and interesting wines from all corners of Spain.
After a wide-ranging search for the right location and property, they fell in love with the vacant restaurant on Regent Street. Tom said, “We all spent our formative years here in Bristol and have always wanted to bring our version of modern Spanish hospitality to the city. I’m so excited about the space we have inherited. After a complete redesign, we will open in July and I can already picture a busy, bustling tapas bar which will hopefully become a real hub of the community.”
Owen is one of a handful of sherry educators in the UK and a leading authority on this most versatile of wines. He was also most recently named Imbibe Magazine Restaurant Personality of the Year 2018.
Owen said, “I cannot wait to launch our extensive sherry wine list in Bristol, traditionally the home of sherry outside Spain. Bristol is the perfect place to continue driving the renaissance of this much-misunderstood drink to new and old customers alike.
“We want to make sure our bar and restaurant is accessible to all, a family-friendly place, offering the highest quality ingredients that showcase our passion for Spanish food and culture.”
Bar 44 will be open Tuesday to Sunday from July (exact date tbc). As well as the full menu, Bar 44 will offer a £10 express menu from Monday to Friday.