Emerging London restaurant brand Wildwood has opened in Clifton Village, Bristol, in a letting secured by Sanderson Weatherall on behalf of city-based landlords Fivemews Properties.
Wildwood have opened a 100-cover unit after taking a 25-year lease on premises in Regent Street, a grade II listed building, which had been vacant since October 2012, after being occupied by a bathroom retailer. The restaurant now offers a menu including grilled dishes, pizzas and pastas.
Retail agency experts at Sanderson Weatherall’s Bristol office, led by partner Richard Saunders, undertook a full marketing campaign for the site, which led to them securing the new tenant, subject to planning consent being granted for change of use. Sanderson Weatherall worked with Fivemews’ planning consultants to provide information to support the application and consent was subsequently granted unanimously by Bristol City Council’s development control committee.
Rob Dyer, of Fivemews Properties, said: “We have a long-term working relationship with Richard Saunders, at Sanderson Weatherall. Richard had previously helped to secure a number of successful tenants for us, including Jamie’s Italian, on Bristol’s Park Street, so we knew he was an expert in the field and would provide a exceptional client service. We were thus delighted – but not surprised – that Richard not only identified Wildwood as long-term tenants of ours but advised changing the use class of the premises from A1 to A3, to enhance the value of our asset.”
Mr Saunders said opening their first south west premises in Clifton Village was a considered choice by Wildwood, as there had been a flurry of new restaurants opening, or planning to operate, on Bristol’s Queens Road. He said these included hamburger retailer Byron Burger, Buenos Aires cuisine specialists CAU and Mexican-inspired dish provider Wahaca – who are currently awaiting planning permission.
He commented: “Wildwood’s decision to avoid following suit by opening in Clifton demonstrates the ongoing appeal of ‘the Village’ as a restaurant location. This was also confirmed by the news that south east-based Thai restaurant operation Giggling Squid will be opening nearby in the former Strada unit on Princess Victoria Street.
“It is no surprise that Wildwood is the latest example of a significant chain to have its first south west opening in Bristol. There are high levels of pent-up demand for quality positions in the city, with a number of other national and regional restaurant chains looking at Bristol for expansion in 2015, a trend which looks set to intensify during the course of the year.
“We are fast establishing ourselves as Bristol’s leading restaurant property consultants, having acted for the likes of cafe chain Boston Tea Party, breakfast and lunch specialists Friska, Italian restaurant group Rosemarino and an array of other quality operators with expansion plans, both within the city and into other parts of the country.”