September 26 2018

1766 Bar & Kitchen takes centre stage in Bristol

Bristol: it’s only just up the road from Bath, don’cha know – and when a slice of Bristol foodie news as exciting as this hits The Pig Guide inbox, the short hop between cities feels even shorter.

The 1766 Bar and Kitchen – named to commemorate the year that the now-iconic Bristol Old Vic theatre first opened its doors – forms an integral part of the theatre’s recently-revealed, multi-million pound redevelopment and is housed in the newly-transformed foyer, set against the backdrop of the original historic façade. Adding flavour to the drama, Italian-born Head Chef Coco Barone (pictured) has created an all-day menu of dishes that showcase skilled but simple cooking and much-loved flavour combinations; expect an emphasis on high quality, local and seasonal produce from breakfast (starting at 8am) all the way through to dinnertime and including, of course, those essential pre-theatre suppers.

In Italy, mealtimes are about bringing people together around the table to share both great food and conversation,”says Coco. “This is what 1766 will be all about. I believe in allowing the main ingredient in a dish to take the limelight, but I do enjoy adding playful creative twists to dishes that I hope the people of Bristol and beyond will enjoy.”

Breakfasts at 1766 Bar & Kitchen includes intriguing options such as Eggs Royale on top of a freshly cooked-waffle and ‘Hail Halloumi’: halloumi fries, smashed avocado, rose petal and hazelnut dukkha and roasted cherry tomatoes on toasted turmeric and chilli bread. At lunchtime, a daily-changing salad bar, tapas menu or set Theatre Menu (from £9.95 to £17.95 for 2/3-courses, also available as a pre-theatre supper menu) sets the scene for a more extensive 3-course Prix Fixe menu in the evening, with showstoppers including Hereford sirloin steak, crisp confit duck-leg, smoked haddock pappardelle or a veggie-hit of Thai chickpea, lentil and spinach cake taking the spotlight – oh, and the Sunday Lunch promises to be rather splendid, too.

We believe that the 1766 Bar & Kitchen is set to be this season’s hottest foodie ticket… which is why we’ll be making the ‘trek’ over to Bristol for review purposes any day now, aiming to entice Bath piggies into doing the very same.

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