Sisters, doin’ it for themselves

September 02 2014

TWO sisters have gone about on a mission to educate locals on world-class wines - through setting up their own bar on Cheltenham Road.

TWO sisters have gone about on a mission to educate locals on world-class wines - through setting up their own bar on Cheltenham Road.
Experienced restaurant manager, Louise Hawkins, and qualified accountant, Sarah - 23 and 26 respectively - launched The Library last month.
Situated under the arches, the wine bar serves up a wide variety of whites, reds, roses, sparkling and dessert wines from across the world. Wine flights are also available for customers to sample three different wines in one sitting.
Provided by a London-based supplier, wines are served either by the glass, bottle or carafe. The Library also stocks wines from Grape & Grind on Gloucester Road, and sells Dunleavy - a wine produced by Bishopston resident, Ingrid Bates. Ales and spirits are also available.
Alongside wines, customers have the chance to tuck-in to platters of cheese, bread and charcuterie - all supplied by local businesses, such as Murray's Butchers and Herbert's Bakery.
Previously Do' Lii cafe, the hip, new hang-out has been equipped with marble-top surfaces, window seating and a cosy courtyard at the rear. The walls are also adorned with shelves holding old books.
Louise, who is also a history graduate, said: "It's been a complete whirlwind. Everyone has been really supportive, and it's a real privilege to be apart of a such a growing area.
"Since moving to Bristol a couple of years ago, we've been looking for somewhere to start our own business. When we spotted this place on Cheltenham Road, we knew that if we didn't go for it, we'd regret it.
She added: "We wanted to provide somewhere where people can come in, relax and enjoy unique and good value wines. It's also nice to be our own bosses, and being able to reap the rewards. We just hope that everyone likes it."

Sisters Louise & Sarah Hawkins