New bar and shop to open on Gloucester Road

Wine, beer, small plates and groceries: just four of the many reasons to get excited about the launch of Cave…

Heard about the new hangout soon to open on Bristol’s famous indie strip? It’s called Cave and it’s a two-in-one kind of venue, combining a shop with a bar-restaurant.

It’s the creation of Martin Hagen who, originally from this here turf, has been in the hospitality biz for 12 years, working across London and the South West. Wine is a real passion for Martin (him and us both), so Cave will have a focus on vino, taking inspiration from its creator’s extensive travels across Europe, in the hunt for the best bars and makers. 

“I recently spent six months travelling through 15 countries, visiting vineyards, meeting producers, visiting local restaurants and searching out local delicacies,” Martin tells us. “I’ve taken huge amounts of inspiration from these experiences and wanted to create a place which brings the best parts of European wine bars, enoteca’s and cave à mangers that I have been to home to Bristol.”

Whether you pick a grape-based thirst-quencher or go for a beer or cider, it’ll be from small-batch makers, working with sustainability in mind and often a low-intervention approach.

If you choose to drink in, you’ll be able to make the most of the relaxed, neighbourhood vibe as well as the food menu. Alongside cheese and charcuterie, there will be small plates such as home-cured fish, whipped cod’s roe, and ‘nduja and honey on toast. 

The shop will also sell provisions – just the necessities, you know, like cured meats, cheese, freshly baked bread, coffee, artisan chutneys and quality tinned fish…

“The range will showcase the best of the South West plus a few choice favourites from our European neighbours,” says Martin.

Cave is set to open in early March, keep your eye on its Instagram account to stay up to speed.