The Gallimaufry opens on Gloucester Road
Submitted by anonymous on 14/03/2012
The newest eatery on Gloucester Road is ready to open its doors – and it's promising to bring a bit of home-cooked magic to Bristol's favourite independent shopping street.
This weekend The Gallimaufry – already known by friends as The Galli - opens for business on the site of The Prom music bar on The Promenade.
James Smailes and James Koch (of The Colour Inn) have been joined by chef John Watson (formerly of Michelin-starred restaurant Casamia) and manager Holly Aylward (flown in all the way from New Zealand!) to bring this truly individual and exciting venue to the area.
Holly said: "We've already been made to feel very welcome on the Gloucester Road. We hope The Gallimaufry will be somewhere you'll want to eat, drink, relax and play."
So what's with the name? Gallimaufry [gal-uh-maw-free] means "making the best out of what's available to you" – and it can be applied to this venue in both a culinary and creative sense.
What are we going to feed you? The menu will be short, rustic and affordable with mains under £10.
Bubble and Squeak, soft boiled egg and beetroot sauce; Pork belly, radishes and apple; Sausages with stewed lentils; Neck of lamb, courgettes and mint; Confit chicken leg, elderflower jelly and toast.
Here's what John's got to say: "I want to fill people's belly's with hearty British fare, supplying simple dishes that rely on the availability of local produce.
"There are fantastic suppliers in the South-West that naturally provoke mouth watering ideas. We are really looking forward to working with the people behind the great produce on Gloucester Road and throughout the Bristol area.
"Jonray and Pete of Casamia are really inspiring chefs. They showed me the importance of respecting every aspect of the ingredient. At The Galli we're striving for simpler, home cooking that's reminiscent of childhood dishes, but still devotes itself totally to the produce."
And what can you expect to be washing that down with? Local real ales, delicious wines and a small cocktail list, lovingly prepared with the help of The Colour Inn.
What else will make The Galli special? The Reclaimers, further up Gloucester Road, will be providing furniture for the bar – and also some items which customers can buy. Not heard of The Reclaimers? It's where sorry-looking pieces of furniture are up-cycled into something beautiful. You'll never need to go to Ikea again.
Also expect magical artwork and curiosities from local artists Dave Bain, Lucie Smailes (of The Weird & Wonderful Warehouse), Jedna Hall and a monthly exhibit
space. You wouldn't expect anything less from the guys behind The Colour Inn – recently named as best bar for cocktails and art in the UK by Men's Health magazine. The Prom's musical heritage will be maintained. A line-up of legendary Bristol DJ's will supplement live local musicians throughout the week. Expect Northern Soul, Disco, Reggae, Chill Wave, Electronica, Rhythm n' Blues, Motown and more.
And look out for Slow Cooked Sundays - where you can enjoy a soon-to-be- legendary roast to the chilled sounds of Big Chief Weird Bird (playing from 2pm- 6pm).
Intrigued? Then come on down. There will be a soft opening on Saturday, March 17th followed by a proper launch once the final touches have been made. We are now taking bookings for Saturday, March 17th, Sunday lunch on the 18th and the following week. The Gallimaufry // 0117 9427319 // 26-28 the Promenade, Gloucester Rd // Opening hours 10am - 1am // Twitter: @theGalliBristol // Facebook: The Gallimaufry // Email: email@example.com
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