Mezze Restaurants

Mezze-White-Lion-openingAccording to research carried out by the Campaign for Real Ale, an average of twenty-six pubs are shutting each week, suggesting it isn’t the best time to be entering the pub and restaurant trade.

But this climate doesn’t seem to have put off Bristol based Mezzé Restaurants.

Headed by owner Alex Tryfonos, the company are defying the statistics, having opened six pub restaurants in five years, all at sites which previously housed failing pubs.

It’s most recent opening is arguably its flagship site – Mezzé at the White Lion. Located at the opening of Portishead high-street, it is a £1.6 million pound development, linking the old and new sides of the fast-growing town.

BLM attended its opening at the beginning of July. The listed building dates back to 1810 and was once an Old Mill.

The extensive renovation has seen the creation of a multi-purpose facility that has a cocktail bar, mezze restaurant, a la carte restaurant, function room and garden terrace.

The pub has a license to serve drinks until 2am.

It comes off the back of the recently opened Mezzé at Ham Green which underwent a £350,000 transformation and was opened in May 2013 by comedian Eddie Large and BBC presenter Gemma Cooper.

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Inside Mezze

Inside Mezze

Having created hundreds of new jobs and stabilised previously failing sites, Mezzé has also been commercially successful, demonstrating that a new spin on traditional ideas can fuel success even in a tough environment such as the retail pub sector.

Owner Alex’s sheer entrepreneurial spirit and strong headedness has also helped.

He comments on the success: “People love what we do and it’s a format that has proved a big success.

“One of the secrets is that anybody can come to Mezzé and have a great night with great food at a reasonable price.

“Whether you’re a footballer or a family out for a meal Mezzé works for everybody.

“We’ve also invested lots of time to ensure we offer a first class and attentive service that puts the customer at the heart of the experience.”

Mezzé also have sites at Downend, Clutton, Congresbury and Thornbury