Pizzeria restaurant chain expands across South West following funding from Barclays

An independent family-owned chain of Pizzeria’s has successfully launched its third restaurant at Milsom Place, Bath.

With two restaurants in Bristol and another due to open in Cheltenham shortly, Bosco Pizzeria is the brain-child of founder and owner, Miles Johnson, whose holiday trips to Italy has inspired his love of Italian food and the ingredient-led simplicity of its cooking along with the culture of Italian family dining. Bosco Pizzeria continues to expand its footprint with the support of a six-figure funding package from Barclays, including Covid funding, which helped keep the business afloat during lockdown.

Around 30 new jobs have been created including chefs, front of house and kitchen staff, with the firm now employing more than 65 across its restaurant chain.  The premises have been fully re-furbished treating diners to the restaurant’s trademark interior including an open kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven, helping to create a friendly and warm welcome with 170 covers served in a vibrant setting.

Inspired by his affection of Italy as the foundation on which he created Bosco, Miles said: “Italy is somewhere I’ve been many times. My wife and I got married there and it’s where our children were christened. The simplicity of the food is something I love, without compromising on flavour and people come to Bosco for the atmosphere and that’s absolutely something we’ll be looking to replicate at Bath; a place to enjoy good food and drink while soaking up the buzz and ambience of a bustling restaurant. We’re very excited to have continued our expansion during these challenging times thanks to Barclays, and we look forward to welcoming as many diners as possible in the coming days and weeks.”

Jason Gail, Barclays Business Banking Manager, said: “The hospitality trade has felt the full force of the COVID-19 measures, so it’s great to see a light at the end of the tunnel for a number of businesses which have now been able to re-open, and in this instance, expand their footprint. This is just one example of where Barclays has supported hospitality customers like Bosco to help them get back on track, provide local jobs and support the local economy. Our number one priority continues to be to help all businesses bounce back from the impact of this pandemic.”