One of Bristol’s most successful food stalls and delivery services is opening its first permanent site in the city.
For the past five years, Little Hollows Pasta has been selling its handmade pasta at markets in Bristol and the Cotswolds, as well as delivering pasta boxes to people’s homes.
But now, owner Chris Davis is launching the first Little Hollows Pasta café bar and deli.
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Serving simple Italian dishes for lunch and dinner service, customers will be able to watch their food being hand-crafted as well as having the opportunity to buy pasta, and other local produce from the deli counter to enjoy at home. In addition to pasta dishes, a range of sandwiches and coffee will be also available from the bar.
Minimising waste and ensuring a sustainable approach is at the heart of Little Hollows’ ethos and Chris sources ingredients locally wherever possible.
He said: “Sustainability is a word you hear frequently, but our goal is to be able to measure what we’re doing with regard to our sourcing, energy and water consumption, as well as food waste.
“It’s going to be something we constantly improve on, but all we can do is try our best to be responsible.
“Throughout lockdown, we saw how much support there was for local businesses in Bristol and we want to continue that by showcasing other local producers, using the café as a platform.”
Chris will be working with some of Bristol’s best coffee, wine, beer and spirit suppliers, including Clifton Coffee Roasters, Corks and Psychopomp Gin to create an extensive drinks list.
The café will open for coffee and pastries, cocktails, lunch or dinner.
Once up and running, Little Hollows will also be offering a hands-on experience with pasta workshops, sharing techniques from various Italian regions.
All pasta is made fresh by Chris
(Image: Little Hollows)
From starting out making pasta in his Bedminster flat, self-taught Chris’s dream has always been to open a pasta shop and café.
During the pandemic, he has taken the opportunity to connect with many new customers in North Somerset and Bristol through his fresh pasta box delivery service.
The feedback has been so encouraging that he decided to open his first Bristol venue on Chandos Road in Redland, close to top restaurants Wilson’s and Wilks.
Chris, who previously worked at Pinkmans bakery on Park Street, says: “Bristol has a brilliant food and entrepreneurial scene and we want to continue being part of that by expanding our proposition and route to market.
“Little Hollows Pasta Cafe Bar will enable us to do so many things we haven’t been able to so far and to reach so many more customers. It’s going to be an incredible next stage in our journey and we warmly invite everyone to come and enjoy it with us.
One of the pasta dishes on offer at Little Hollows
(Image: Little Hollows)
“We feel really proud to be the next addition to the stellar line-up of food and drink venues already on Chandos Road. We can’t wait to get to know our neighbours and become part of this thriving independent community, with local sourcing and sustainability at the heart of it.“
Little Hollows Pasta Cafe Bar will open in September.
More information about Little Hollows can be found on its website.
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