Amelia, Luke and Josh on a build day back in August - Chicken Shed launches in early October
Amelia, Luke and Josh on a build day back in August - Chicken Shed launches in early October

Chew Valley chef & farmer open two Bristol venues

Josh Eggleston, Michelin-starred chef-owner of The Pony & Trap and Luke Halsell from The Story and the Community Farm, are part of a team launching two new exciting eateries in Bristol.

One is near the M:Shed at Cargo in early October. The Chicken Shed is a restaurant and take-away and its menu will be built around the indulgent treat of delicious fried chicken, with an emphasis on only using happy birds that have been raised to high welfare standards.   Another restaurant is planned in the city.

The Cargo retail and food development, based on shipping containers and overlooking the harbour at Wapping Wharf is a fusion of Bristol’s food, industrial and shipping heritage.

With a terrace which will be open all day overlooking the beautiful floating harbour, Chicken Shed will take its place alongside other independent food businesses from the city in Cargo including The Bristol Cider Shop, independent wine and spirit retailers Corks of Cotham and The Jolly Hog, founded in Bristol by three brothers.

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion co-founder Josh Eggleton said;

“Chicken Shed is about awesome, wholesome chicken and we will be doing the best we possibly can to source happy birds that have been well looked after. We’ll be using every part of the bird in the dishes we serve. Customers can expect delicious roasted chicken, fried chicken legs, soft boiled eggs, curly fries, chicken in a bun and salads.

“Our part of Cargo will have a terrace where people can drink Yurt Lush-inspired signature cocktails or some of the best craft beers. There are some great independent businesses going in with us so it will be a hub of Bristol’s best food and drink teams and we’re proud to be involved.”

When finished, Wapping Wharf will include more than 600 new homes and with Mokoko, Better Food, Wild Beer Co and Pizzarova already open and Bertha’s Pizza alongside Little Victories set to follow them, there are already plenty of eating out options either already open or in the pipeline.

Josh and Luke have helped to raise the profile of Bristol as one of the most exciting food scenes in the country.  They are part of the team behind food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and pop up café Yurt Lush at Temple Meads, co-founded by Josh, Amelia Twine, Nick Roberts and Luke.

Together they do much to promote local food.  Luke’s farm recently hosted Valley Fest, where Josh did cookery demos, using produce from The Story and the Community Farm.

Josh Egglestone demonstrates Chew food treats at Valley Fest
Josh Egglestone demonstrates Chew food treats at Valley Fest

The new venue will serve beak to foot of British chickens, using free-range, slow grown and GM free meat from local suppliers, including The Story in Chew Valley.