Bristol-based sherry brand Harveys has gone back to its roots with the relaunch of the famous Harveys Cellars as a sherry and tapas bar.
The timing couldn’t be better, with the on-trade sherry boom showing no signs of slowing down, and given the current trend for food pairing. Indeed, there is a specially devised menu, matching sherries from the Harveys partfolio, including the award-winning VORS range, with beautifully prepared tapas dishes.
The cellars themselves, set on Denmark Street in the heart of Bristol, were deigned as a restaurant by Sir Terence Conran in 1961 and have been sympathetically restored to include a small museum, dedicated to the history of Harveys, as well as a separate bar area, music room and VIP area.
Clinton McLeary, owner of the premises, said of the redevelopment: ‘This project was a real labour of love for me and the support of the Harveys team at Maxxium [Harveys UK distributor] has been invaluable. I am passionate about sherry and its heritage in Bristol, so despite the state that the cellars were in, I knew that I wanted to take on the task of re-developing them into an iconic city centre venue. Eventually we would like to roll the brand out across the country, offering something that is unique to consumers.’