Budget diner Bagel Boy set to open on Glos Rd

February 27 2015

WHEN we thought Gloucester Road could not be spoiled enough for delicious eateries, another one is set to spring up out of the woodwork.

WHEN we thought Gloucester Road could not be spoiled enough for delicious eateries, another one is set to spring up out of the woodwork.

Opening its doors early this month, Bagel Boy is to bring new finger-licking flavours and unexpected concoctions to the independent high street.

The restaurant will be opening up at the bottom of Pigsty Hill in place of Relax Coffee, which closed last month after being on the Gloucester Road for over three years.

Originally set up as a pop-up shop by co-owners Mitch Church and Leo Thompson, Bagel Boy has grown in popularity since its inception in 2012. The Gloucester Road gaff will be its second establishment, alongside its award-winning eatery in the centre of town.

Crowned best express/takeaway in the 2014 Bristol Good Food awards, Bagel Boy was also featured in the Guardian's top 10 budget eateries in Bristol.

Their menu boasts around 30 different freshly-made bagel choices, from "classic" options such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, to "supreme" dishes such as home-made fish fingers, minted mushy peas and tartar sauce, and also a selection of hearty burgers. Produce is locally sourced, with meats from Buxton Butchers and dairy from Pensworth farm in Buckinghamshire.

The bar will be brimming with some of the West Country's finest local beers and ciders from Arbor, Bath Ales, Bristol Beer Factory and BEERD. During the day, coffees, cakes and snacks will be served.

Owners Mitch and Leo will be extending the kitchen, furnishing the restaurant with white tile walls and wooden tables, alongside blackboards for specials. Local artist Long Fox will also be adding some funky touches to the interior.

Mitch told the Bishopston Voice: "We thought Gloucester Road was a great option to set up another Bagel Boy - and there has certainly been a demand for it over the past year."

The restaurant is hoping to extend its opening hours until 11pm - the same time as its city centre venue - but is awaiting council approval.

The application has been met with two objections from local residents saying that its front terrace area will create "unacceptable noise levels".

However, Mitch says that they will not be "promoting rowdiness" at the eating establishment, and local residents are welcome to check out the new restaurant for themselves.

Bagel Boy is set to open to the public on March 7.