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New café to open in medieval Bristol site

New café to open in medieval Bristol site

One of the few surviving remains of Bristol’s medieval castle is set to rewind the clock and welcome back guests as it opens as a café later this week.

2 September 2021

The Vaulted Chambers Café in Castle Park will open on Friday 3 September. An opening event will be held at 9:30am.

The Vaulted Chambers, the Sally Port and several rampart ruins are the only parts of the castle to still survive above ground. The building is thought to have originally been the entrance to the castle’s great hall and consists of two rooms known respectively as the Porch and North Chamber. 

Over the course of the last 18 months Bristol Parks and Green Spaces has been working with Historic England to restore the Scheduled Ancient Monument, a status given to nationally important historic buildings.

Marvin Rees, Mayor Bristol, said “Our parks and green spaces play an important role for the physical and mental health of the city. We want Bristol’s parks to be places that are welcoming to all and provide spaces where people want to visit and enjoy. Park cafés provide focal points for communities and act as hubs for many local groups. I’m delighted to see this collaboration with Historic England deliver a unique and striking addition to a much loved part of the city.”

The council already operates seven cafés and kiosks across Bristol, with the income used to help fund the cost of maintaining the city’s parks and green spaces.

Catering Business Manager Jayne Grocock said, “It’s always exciting to add another Bristol Park Café to our group, especially one in such a significant location. All of our cafés support local food producers and proudly offer sustainable and healthy menu options, the Vaulted Chambers Café will be no different”.

The opening event will include a talk on the history of the castle from historical and archaeological specialist Pete Insole, as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony from Deputy Mayor Asher Craig and live music along with free menu samples.

Visit our dedicated Vaulted Chambers webpage for more information on the progress of the refurbishment and have your say on the café.

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