Freddy Bird doubles up in Bristol

High-profile Bristol chef Freddy Bird and his wife Nessa are to open a new restaurant in the city’s Georgian enclave of Clifton tomorrow. 1 York Place is named after its address, and takes over the premises occupied by Italian restaurant Rosemarino for 13 years until its closure in July.

The Birds also run Little French, a neighbourhood bistro in nearby Westbury Park praised in this year’s Harden’s guide as ‘a dream to have on your doorstep’.

The couple announced their new venture with an Instagram post, saying “1 York Place – both our name and our address – will be a 46-cover restaurant showcasing the best European produce and wine (and a few from further afield). It really is such a treat to be doing this again.”

Freddy left his home city to train under Phil Howard at the Square in Mayfair, and also worked for Sam and Sam Clark at Moro. He returned to Bristol to head the kitchen at the Lido, before launching Little French with Nessa in 2019, following up two years later with their Little Shop pastry and bakery outlet.

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