Gloucester Food Dock to see seven new openings this November 2023

Seven delicious new independent foodie openings are on course to bring a burst of life to the much anticipated £3.5 million Gloucester Food Dock this November 2023.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
The Hop Kettle Tap Room is the first unit to open this October 2023, bringing live music, comedy nights, pop-up kitchens and independent beers, spirits and wines.

After years of preparations, a host of new openings are bringing a feast of fresh flavours to Gloucester Food Dock from October 2023 onwards.

Kicking off the series of openings is Hop Kettle Tap Room which is opening its doors on Friday 13 October 2023.

It will be followed by Bella Mia Pizza @ No.1 serving pizza and cocktails early in November, alongside gelato, desserts and shakes from Wholly Gelato.

Late November openings include Strip Steak Bar, traditional Mexican dishes at Elote, Chuck burgers, brunch and grab ‘n' go goodies at Hetty’s Place and Sibling Distillery's Our House cocktail bar in time for Christmas celebrations.

Co-founder of Gloucester Food Dock, Ken Elliott, said: 'It is wonderful to be opening Gloucester Food Dock and exciting to see the finishes going into these restaurant and bar spaces.

'Hop Kettle has created an amazing venue which we encourage everyone to visit as soon as they can and we will be announcing more new names for Gloucester Food Dock before the end of the year.'

From Friday 13 October 2023 the deck of the Food Dock will be open to walk through and it will serve as one of two entrances to Hop Kettle’s new bar.  

Hop Kettle, located in the original buildings off Commercial Road, will serve from three floors including the new deck. 

Owner of Hop Kettle, Tom Gee, said: 'We were attracted to Gloucester by what the city has to offer, the location and these amazing buildings and have worked exceptionally hard to create a unique space that does them justice.'

Hop Kettle produces beers in a variety of styles from traditional best bitters to milkshake IPAs as well as a number of gluten-free and vegan beers already popular with beer lovers in its Tap Rooms in Cirencester and Swindon and in pubs across the UK.

It also has a kitchen and is planning partnerships with street food firms to bring a vibrant and varied food offering. 

All 14 units are expected to be snapped up by January 2024. Once full, the development by Ladybellegate Estates is estimated to create 120 new jobs.

The development sits at the north end of Victoria Basin, at the edge of the city centre.

Navigation House was originally built as a house for a ship chandler and later converted into offices; 27-29 Commercial Road was constructed as offices for ships’ merchants. 

Both were empty for over a decade and in 2013 were placed on Gloucester City Council’s Buildings At Risk Register.

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