Huge food hall to open on Bristol’s harbourside

An award-winning dining, retail and leisure operator is opening a massive new food hall on Bristol’s harbourside.

Boxpark, which has three popular destinations in London, is set to take over the O&M Sheds on Welsh Back with its sibling ‘BoxHall’ concept, finally bringing a 12-year planning saga to an end.

Cordwell Property Group and BoxHall have unveiled their plans for a ‘vibrant and exciting waterside destination’ which will offer a ‘premium, unique food and beverage offer not experienced elsewhere in the city’.

With a lineup of kitchens in the food hall, BoxHall Bristol will feature the finest local and independent restaurants, street food traders and suppliers, as well as regular guest pop-ups.

Supporting local people and produce, it will boast a roster of acclaimed Bristol-born chefs and create more than 100 local job opportunities when it opens in June 2022.

In addition to the food offer, BoxHall will host a packed events programme showcasing the best of Bristol’s music scene throughout the week, as well as a mix of other events including local art shows, live screenings and gaming experiences.

The venue will also have outside seating terraces overlooking the floating harbour taking in waterside views towards Bristol Bridge, transforming Welsh Back.

Bristol’s O&M Sheds are one the last remaining undeveloped buildings from the city’s historical industrial dockyard, and a Boxpark spokesperson said the company is ‘eager to use the space to create a community-led social hub’ with its debut BoxHall site.

Boxpark CEO & founder Roger Wade said: “We are thrilled to announce our brand-new premium food hall concept launching in Bristol next year.

“Bristol has such a proud independent spirit and the Welsh Back makes the perfect location for a beautifully-designed modern food hall, which champions local and independent traders and suppliers.

“With BoxHall, we aim to offer an all-day social dining experience with food, drink and community-led events all under one roof, showcasing the best in local talent and artists.

“Now that we’ve signed a lease on this location, we will be working closely with Cordwell and Macaulay Sinclair on the interior design and refurbishment.”

, Huge food hall to open on Bristol’s harbourside
Fans watch Aston Villa v Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Boxpark’s Wembley venue
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BoxHall will commence tenant marketing in the later part of 2021.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said BoxHall’s launch is ‘another vote of confidence for the city’s recovery from Covid-19’.

“BoxHall looks set to be an exciting addition to Bristol’s offer, providing another location from which to showcase the huge number of independent, local food and drink companies that operate across the city,” he added.

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