Somerset craft brewer the Wild Beer Co has raised £1.8million – almost double its £1 million target – through crowdfunding towards a new flagship brewery with a destination restaurant.
The £10 million development will be at the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet. It is three miles from the company’s existing Westcombe brewery, which will be redesignated as a barrel-ageing facility.
Along with a tap room, there will be restaurant focusing on food that complements beer, with private and corporate dining rooms and a kitchen garden growing produce for both eating and brewing.
The company already has two bar-restaurants: Jessop House in Cheltenham, which serves cheese from the Westcombe Dairy next door to the brewery, and the Wild Beer Co at Wapping Wharf in Bristol, which has a fish and seafood menu designed by Hook, the London-based new-school fish’n’chippy.
Andrew Cooper founded the Wild Beer Co with Brett Ellis, a chef-turned-brewer from California, in an old chutney factory in 2012. It now employs 60 people and has an annual turnover of £4.5 million, exporting to 21 countries.