HSBC agreed the £140,000 financing to help owner Adam Denton to renovate the Whiteladies Road venue including a new bar area, larger kitchens and a chef’s table. It reopened earlier this month.
The investment has expanded the number of covers by 50% and is expected to increase annual turnover by 35% to £2.6million. It involved taking over the cellar and bar of the neighbouring Grade II-listed Whiteladies Picture House which closed 12 years ago.
Adam, who opened The Cowshed four years ago, said: “It is great to open the expanded restaurant to the public and the initial response has been fantastic.
“In more austere times, people value good quality and that is why we have been operating at capacity. Customers appreciate the quality of our food. We didn’t want to be turning customers away and we also didn’t want to have to leave our home so the logical move was to expand next door. The results have exceeded our expectation.”
Nick Stork, commercial director of HSBC for the Bristol and Bath area, added: “The Cowshed is a much-valued part of Bristol’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene, and it is fantastic that the company wants to build on the great reputation and customer base it enjoys.
“This expansion will take the business to the next level and I am pleased HSBC has been able to support the project.”