Two Clifton Village restaurants are joining forces this month in an innovative new approach to continued tough times within the restaurant industry.
Wallfish & Wellbourne Bistro will see the coming together of two businesses at the current home of Wellbourne on The Mall, just a few hundred yards from the former Wallfish on Princess Victoria Street which closed its doors for the last time last week after five years of trading.
Wellbourne co-owner Michael Kennedy has already had experience working in the kitchens at Wallfish, with the two teams saying that their new partnership was forged over a shared passion for championing quality local produce.
Ross Gibbens of Wellbourne said: “Wallfish has always been one of our favourite restaurants in the area and Michael has first hand knowledge of working with the team. It features great produce delivered by a team who know how to translate these ingredients into simple and accessible dishes that are packed with flavour.
Seldon Curry of Wallfish added: “It was complete luck that Mike ended up working with us at Wallfish. It was in many ways the most successful period of our time there. We met Ross at a slightly later date and were lucky to forge an instant rapport with him.
“We are thrilled to be working together with people who we both like and respect hugely and we will strive to bring our Wallfish stylings to their great restaurant to create something special.”
Wallfish & Wellbourne Bistro will open on Wednesday, November 14.
Main photo left to right: Wallfish & Wellbourne Bistro founders Seldon Curry, Ross Gibbens, Liberty Wenham and Michael Kennedy