Operator set to open first of seven bars in south-west

Sandra & Alex Hazzard Boardroom

New bar and dining concept The Boardroom is to open in Bristol as the first of seven sites in the south-west planned by The Way Out West Pub Company.

Due to open this week in a three-storey listed building, the new venue in St Nicholas Street in the city centre will champion European-style “grazing” on food alongside wine, beer, cider and other drinks.

The company, owned by hospitality industry specialists Alex and Sandra Hazzard, is close to acquiring a second site for The Boardroom as well as other bar and dining concepts, planning seven sites around the south-west.

The Way Out West brand will stand for attention to detail and using cutting-edge features such as a bespoke temperature-controlled wine wall, artisan bread ovens and vintage-style meat slicers which will retain the quality of the rare-breed charcuterie served.

The Bristol site, which was formerly The Elephant pub, will focus on a “convivial con amici European style of dining”, with a menu of food boards perfect for sharing as well as take-away lunch selections.

With a menu that will evolve in line with the seasons, food will be prepared behind the bar, allowing customers to enjoy a more interactive style of dining, moving away from a traditional three-course meal.

The interior of The Boardroom will feature a stylish wraparound bar made from walnut, wooden floors, feature lighting and stained glass. The building has been sympathetically restored, retaining many original features such as fireplaces.

The design and refurbishment have been carried out by the owners with Imperia Design and Build. It will also feature bespoke art works by celebrated local artist Nicky Ackland-Snow.

Sandra said: “We aim to appeal to a broad demographic, from couples to groups of friends. The concept for The Boardroom came about when we realised that we enjoyed drinking fine wines alongside cheese and charcuterie boards at home.

“Frustratingly, we found that there were no restaurants offering the relaxed style of dining which we enjoy, so we decided to open our own and The Boardroom concept was born.”

They will offer wines from Somerset winery Smith & Evans, artisan beers from Bristol’s Wiper and True and local ciders paired with gourmet boards of charcuterie sourced from Native Breeds (Hereford) and Somerset Charcuterie as well as local cheeses and handmade chocolates.

“We are passionate about sourcing premium produce within the local area, as supporting as many individual suppliers as possible is paramount to us,” Sandra added.

The Boardroom will also feature wine tastings, “meet the brewer” evenings, specialist cheese nights, and wine and whiskey flights.

Alex said: “We enjoy meeting our suppliers at grassroots level and supporting the local economy, and we will have a map on the wall showing our suppliers.

“The idea for The Boardroom came about organically. We have lived in the South of France and California and we have drawn on influences from a melting pot of cultures to envision the concept.

“We aim to be unique, and to offer a home away from home to our customers. We will have a cosy and welcoming atmosphere all day long, from when we open at lunchtime to late evening, when lights will be dimmed, candlelight will flicker and an eclectic soundtrack of mellow tunes will play. Our late licence means that people can linger over drinks long in to the evening.”

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