Bath Ales brings its Graze dining concept to city’s new Vaults development

December 12, 2012

Bath Ales has officially opened its flagship Graze Bar, Brewery & Chophouse in the city’s new Vaults development.

At more than 5,000 sq ft and with capacity to serve 140 diners at a time, it is the independent brewer’s largest outlet yet.

Graze Bath is also the first time the brewer has included a micro-brewery in one of its outlets – it is also the only micro-brewery bar in Bath.

Taking up the entire first floor of the new food quarter, just south of the city’s shopping area and next to Bath Sap railway station, the bar and restaurant also boasts two large terraces for al fresco drinking and dining. The Vaults has been created in and around the arches of the 19th century station built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 

The original Graze in Bristol has built up a reputation for serving delicious steaks and the Bath outlet offers the quality meat cooked in a Josper charcoal oven.

Bath Ales retail director Robin Couling said: “British meat cookery is central to the menu with a particular emphasis on dry aged steak, but it is by no means the only option with a delicious selection of small plates, fish, shellfish dishes and vegetarian options, as well as seasonal specials, to suit all appetites and tastes.”

The bar also has a weekday offer, with a two-course set price lunch at just £12.50.   Breakfast will be served from 8am Monday – Saturday and from 9am on a Sunday.

Known for its flagship brand, Bath Gem, the independent brewer, will be brewing a bespoke beer on the premises from early in the New Year.  Locals and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy the full selection of Bath Ales beers at Graze as well as up and coming craft beers from around the world. 

Customers can also enjoy seasonal brews from Bath Ales, which this month is the brewer’s Christmas beer Festivity, an old-style porter with hints of rum and vanilla.

An extensive range of wine from boutique producers along with a list of premium spirits completes a varied, quality drinks list.

The new bar, designed by Simple Simon of Bristol, comes with a modern open plan kitchen with dining counter, a striking island bar and a meat hanging room visible to guests.

Bath Ales operates 10 managed outlets including, in Bath, the Hop Pole on the Upper Bristol Road and The Salamander in the heart of the city on John Street. The Hop Pole recently won Best Alfresco in the 2012 Bath Good Food Awards and was highly commended in the Best Gastro category.

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