Local hospitality businesses join forces to open outdoor restaurant on The Downs

Local hospitality businesses join forces to open outdoor restaurant on The Downs

Posted on: 24 Jul 2020

Some of Bristol's top restaurants are coming together to create an innovative new dining experience.


A co-operative of Bristol chefs and hospitality businesses have today unveiled Breaking Bread, an all-new pop-up restaurant and outdoor eating and drinking space to be set up on The Downs.


The Breaking Bread team, consisting of renowned chef Josh Eggleton (pictured above), Team Love, Pasta Loco and The Pipe and Slippers, will put together a socially-distanced tipi village, featuring two sixty-cover dining spaces and two pub-cafe garden areas.



The kitchen will be serving up food from The Pony & Trap and Pasta Loco, with The Love Inn and The Pipe and Slippers taking care of the outdoor bar spaces. Building is set to commence on Saturday 25 July, ready for opening on Friday 31. 


In the hope of providing a much-needed boost to Bristol's hospitality industry following a difficult few months, Breaking Bread is expected to directly employ up to 90 people and use a portion of its profits to fund community organisations and initiatives across the city.


Speaking on the unveiling of the project, Josh Eggleton said: “This has been a challenging few months for the hospitality industry. It isn't just the bricks and mortar restaurants that have been affected; its chefs, kitchen staff, front of house and all the local producers that create amazing ingredients for us.


“Breaking Bread will have a strong element of social enterprise running through it. Of course, we want to get people sitting down, eating and drinking in a safe space but we want to boost the industry, get supply chains moving and get people back into work.”



As well as creating a range of new employment opportunities, the team behind Breaking Bread hope that a successful launch could lead to more restaurants and venues being able to get involved in the future.


Tables of between two and six people will be required to be booked in advance, with sittings available for Thursday dinner, Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch.


Reservations for Breaking Bread will be open from 17:00 today (Friday 24 July) and can be made online. For more information and updates, head to the Breaking Bread website or follow them on Twitter.

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