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The Choux Box Patisserie set to make dough at first Bristol site


A South West patisserie business is set to become the latest eatery to open an outlet in Bristol’s harbourside retail hub Wapping Wharf.

The Choux Box Patisserie, which opened its first site in Bath in October last year, will serve a range of French pastries from a unit within CARGO 2, a network of converted shipping containers.

The company, founded by Somerset born pastry chef Orlando Partner, will occupy one of the units previously home to Loop Massage, which has moved to a bigger studio within Wapping Wharf on the ground floor of Hope Quay along Rope Walk.

They will neighbour The Cider Box bar, who were announced in August to take over another unit previously used by Loop Massage, in a string of food and retail businesses that have moved to the mixed-use development this year.

Wapping Wharf is now home to more than 40 independent businesses, among them meat business The Jolly Hog, founded by former professional rugby player Olly Kohn and his brothers, which recently relocated its headquarters there, where it also has a restaurant called Pigsty.

The area’s latest addition The Choux Box Patisserie will open its doors on Friday, September 17, with its original Bath location and production kitchen remaining in place.

The business sources all of the ingredients used in its choux buns from local South West suppliers within a 20-mile radius of its Bath base.

Its founder Mr Partner, who has more than 10 years of experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens, said he was “beyond excited” to open his company’s first Bristol site.

Mr Partner said: “We cannot wait to share our delicious patisserie and to try out some incredible new flavours with the people of Bristol and the Wapping Wharf community.”

Stuart Hatton, the managing director at Umberslade, the developer of Wapping Wharf, welcomed The Choux Box, saying it was “sure to be a hit” with customers and a “great fit” in the business community there.

Mr Hatton said: “We’re very pleased that Orlando and his team have chosen our growing neighbourhood as their first Bristol home and we wish them all the best with their exciting new venture.”

As well as an expanding presence of restaurants and shops, Wapping Wharf also comprises 450 homes, with that number set to rise to 600 when the neighbourhood’s current phase of development is completed.

Work is also underway to convert a nearby derelict warehouse, the former factory of chocolate manufacturer J and S Fry, into 20,000 sq ft of new, flexible working spaces.

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