Spanish tapas bar Gambas is latest tasty addition to Wapping Wharf

Gambas, Bristol

The team behind Bristol favourite Bravas will open new tapas bar, Gambas, at Wapping Wharf on Tuesday 3rd July.

Kieran and Imogen Waite, who founded Season + Taste Hospitality group, have a recipe for success having already opened foodie hotspots Bravas, Bakers & Co and Cargo Cantina, which is also based at Wapping Wharf.

Gambas will open in unit 12 on the top floor of CARGO 2, a prime position overlooking Bristol’s sparkling waterfront.

Kieran said: “We have an excellent team in place to create a fantastic new tapas bar where people can enjoy great food, service and atmosphere whilst looking at the incredible harbourside views on offer from our terrace.”

Imogen added: “The people are what make our places great and our operations manager José Moreno, from Bravas, and executive head chef Mark Chapman, formerly of Sepia Sydney and The Bath Priory, are building a great team to deliver the freshest seafood and great hospitality to enjoy in an unrivalled setting.”

This will include Elisabeth Julienne as head chef, formerly of Restaurant Coque, Madrid, and Bells Dinner, Bristol, alongside general manager Anthony Bado, formerly of Arbutus London, Soho House Group.

The menu at Gambas will be authentic Spanish-inspired tapas, a focus on fresh fish and seafood with a Catalan accent. Staples will include: ‘Gambas Paella’ – Valencian rice cooked with cuttlefish, mussels and monkfish, £7.90; Salmorejo with quail eggs £3.50; Chicharrones de pollo £5.5 – crispy fried chicken with paprika, chilli, garlic and coriander. The daily specials board will feature up to an additional 10 more dishes.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of Wapping Wharf, said: “I’m hugely excited to be welcoming Gambas to the Wapping Wharf community. If you love tapas, seafood and great views, you’re in for a treat – I personally can’t wait to head there with my family this summer! It is wonderful to see the community spirit that has emerged among the independent businesses at Wapping Wharf, and with Kieran and Imogen and team already part of this thanks to Cargo Cantina, we know that Gambas will fit right in.”