Bristol businessman with a fascination for historical properties has bought the listed Wellhead building at Finzels Reach, which he plans to restore and transform into a bar and café.
Ian Johnson, who has already transformed the Clifton Observatory into a café with a rooftop terrace and plans to turn the Clifton Rocks Railway into a museum, has bought the building from Cubex and is now busy with plans to create a new chapter in its life.
The Wellhead building sits in a prominent position, right beside the s-shaped Castle Bridge which forms the main thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists going between Finzels Reach and the city centre.
Directly overlooking the floating harbour, the Wellhead building is part of the fascinating history of the site, originally used to draw up water from the docks for the brewing process for Georges Brewery, which was founded on the site in the late eighteenth century.
Also part of the sale is a covered terrace, which has the Brewmaster’s Office overhead but is open to the elements at the side overlooking the water.
Ian Johnson said: “We’re delighted to be working to launch The Wellhead, a new café and cocktail bar in Finzels Reach, which will complement the fantastic restoration of other historic brewery buildings on the site. We’ve always had an interest in working with old buildings, and the forerunner of Georges Brewery on this site was founded in 1788, just 22 years after the Observatory was built.”