Bocabar restaurant opens at Finzels Reach

Mon 2 December 2019, 9:21 am

A new Bocabar restaurant is the latest addition to the burgeoning waterside quarter at Finzels Reach, opening in time to welcome diners for Christmas.

It opened its doors for the first time on November 28, promising to deliver a “truly unique” line-up of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. This is the third venue to open in the Bocabar business, following on from the successes of its sister restaurants at the Bristol Paintworks and in Glastonbury.

Owners Mel and Paul Eavis have taken up a prime space at the Finzels Reach site, on the ground floor of the historic Fermentation Buildings and beneath the newly-opened Channel 4 Bristol Creative Hub.

Gavin Bridge, executive director at Cubex, the developer behind Finzels Reach, said: “It’s so exciting to see the Finzels Reach community growing with fantastic new additions such as Bocabar, and recently Le Vignoble as well, joining the neighbourhood. A big welcome to the Bocabar team!”

The new Bocabar is opening seven days a week and offering seating for up to 100 covers, as well as a ‘Boca-style’ chesterfield lounging area with a mix of rustic wooden high tables and stools.

Opening until midnight most evenings, there is also a terrace with room for 70 covers, part-covered outside seating, heaters and festoon lights. Announcing the opening, co-owner Melissa Eavis said: “We’ve brought together the ‘best bits’ of our Paintworks and Glastonbury restaurants to develop a truly unique menu.

“For us, Finzels Reach was a perfect fit for our business as it’s right in the heart of the city and part of an established community of independent cafes and bars – we also love the character and charm of the Fermentation Buildings.”

The Fermentation Buildings are part of the rich brewing history at Finzels Reach, which has been home to several famous breweries over the years, most recently Courage Brewery before it closed in the 1990s. 

Created by developer Cubex with funding from Palmer Capital, Finzels Reach will have around 2,500 people living and working there by the end of the year.