Jobs on the menu as Bath Ale’s latest outlet prepares to open in The Vaults

October 23, 2012

Up to 50 jobs are to be created in Bath with the opening in December of Bath Ales’ Graze Bar, Brewery and Chophouse in the city’s new Vaults restaurant quarter.

The 5,000 sq ft venue – Bath Ales’ largest outlet to date – will include a micro-brewery and two alfresco dining areas seating up to 140 diners at any one time.

It will increase the fast-growing brewery’s staff numbers by 25% to 250. Jobs being created at the new Graze include general manager, other management and service roles plus a full complement of catering staff from chefs to kitchen porters.

Bath Ales, based at Warmley between Bath and Bristol, has increased its brewery capacity and opened three new outlets this year. The Bath Graze is the third in the mini-chain of bar/restaurants and follows openings in Bristol and, earlier this year, Cirencester.

Bath Ales retail director Robin Couling said: “It’s an exciting time for us and with Graze being genuinely different we are confident we are adding something that improves the excellent offer Bath makes to residents and visitors alike.

“For anyone looking to join the hospitality industry this is a great opportunity.  Graze will be a flagship venue, the largest pub investment we have ever made, and we are looking for an excellent team to be a vital part of its success.”

Bath Graze will major on locally-sourced meats but will also offer fresh seafood, seasonal specials and light snacks along with Bath Ale’s extensive range of cask beers, including its flagship Gem bitter, and other drinks.

Mr Couling added: “Graze Bar, Brewery and Chophouse will be a vibrant addition to Bath’s bar and dining scene.

“Though different in character to our other venues in the city – The Hop Pole and The Salamander – people can expect that we have used our knowledge and skills to create a unique new experience we know they will enjoy.”

The £12m Vaults scheme is nearing completion next to Bath Spa railway station. The development, which will house six restaurants, is being built into the vaults of the 19th century station.

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