Former arcade is a winner

February 28 2014

RAVE reviews of Gloucester Road's latest trendy addition have been spreading like wildfire since its opening.

RAVE reviews of Gloucester Road's latest trendy addition have been spreading like wildfire since its opening.
The Urban Standard, which serves a mouthwatering array of food and drink, has already gained quite a reputation from customers, from both near and far.
Manager, Nathaniel Fairfield, said: "Word of mouth has been incredible and we've been a bit dumb-struck by it all. We've already got people establishing themselves as regulars."
Owners, Dominic Wood, who ran the acclaimed Urban Wood on Colston Street for five years, and Tim Moore, who owns the Robin Hood's Retreat and Moreish in Redland, have been planning to set up a new bar for some time.
Opened to the public on January 31, the bar underwent a six-month refurbishment where it was turned from a dilapidated amusement arcade into a swanky foodie hang-out that oozes coolness.
Not only has the bar maintained its loyal customer base from the Urban Wood, but it's also attracted a whole host of new followers. Its dark exterior has also created much intrigue amongst Gloucester Road ramblers.
Nathaniel added: "There's a lot of people stopping and staring... People have even been popping in just to take a look around."
The industrial-style décor adds to its uniqueness, with monochrome floor tiling, reclaimed wooden wall panelling, corrugated iron around the bar, canteen-style seating and tables, distinctive wall-art installations by UpFest and vintage tiles running along the tops of the walls.
Complimenting its décor is an extensive menu boasting an assortment of delectable dishes, from its infamous Mac and Pork sandwich, to its Halloumi and Chickpea salad. Brunch is served daily from 10am to 2pm, and a hearty roast is available on Sundays.
Inspired by head chef, Jasper Prickett's travels, his hearty recipes draw upon foods he came across while backpacking around the globe.
Paying as much attention to food, as to drink, the bar offers a wide selection of spirits and real beers and ales. Everything is exposed, with the cage in which the kegs are kept, located next to the bar. Drink recommendations are provided to compliment dishes or for those wishing to try something new.
The team, also consisting of assistant manager Sean Pierce, is planning to introduce a service for local businesses where they can order lunch in advance, saving them time on their break.
"On Gloucester Road, people's opinions matters," said Nathaniel. "It's about going that extra mile for our customers - we want to make people feel like they're a friend to Urban Standard. We've got a great team together, and I can only see things getting better from here."