Independent businesses reopening across Wapping Wharf in April

Independent businesses reopening across Wapping Wharf in April

Posted on: 07 Apr 2021

There's never been a better time to shop locally as Bristol's retail and hospitality sectors emerge from lockdown.


Shops, bars, restaurants and cafes are set to reopen from Monday 12 April onwards at Wapping Wharf, in line with the government's guidance for a gradual return to normality post-lockdown.


As business owners prepare to welcome customers back through their doors for the first time since November, locals are encouraged to make their way down to the shopping quarter in the coming days and weeks to show their support wherever possible.


Boasting shops like Better Foods and Bush Bristol as well as an array of renowned bars and restaurants, Wapping Wharf has quickly become a vital hub for Bristol hospitality and retail - read on for a quick guide to what to expect as the complex starts to reopen next week.



Alongside a range of new safety measures, including one-way systems across the site and signage to encourage visitors to maintain distance from one another, Wapping Wharf has been appropriately adapted to minimise risk to the public and staff.


Independent businesses across the CARGO 1 and CARGO 2 spaces have also been forced to adapt over the course of the pandemic, with many launching takeaway, click and collect and delivery services while their bricks-and-mortar stores have been closed.


Wapping Wharf's shipping container retail area has also seen a series of stretch tents installed on its upper levels, providing covered outdoor space for visitors to drink and dine alfresco.



Among the businesses reopening in April are Persian-inspired kitchen Jigaraki, Bib Gourmand-certified restaurant Box-E and plant shop Bush Bristol, as well as Woky Ko, Wild Beer, Cargo Cantina, Seven Lucky Gods and Calypso Kitchen.


Speaking ahead of the eagerly-anticipated return of a range of popular independents, Stuart Hatton, of Wapping Wharf developers Umberslade, said:


"We are so looking forward to seeing many of the independent businesses at Wapping Wharf reopen fully over the coming weeks and months.


"They have shown exceptional commitment, innovation and adaptability during the past year and we encourage people to support them. In doing so, we kindly ask for people's collaboration to ensure Wapping Wharf is safe and enjoyable for everyone."


For more information on Wapping Wharf, or to follow news and updates as the complex continues to reopen, head to their website or find them on Twitter.

Article by:

Matt Robson


Editor - & LOUD Magazine

Matt is a Journalism graduate and writer, passionate about supporting Bristol music, art and independent business. Get in touch via email at