Historial Cellar Restaurant Bar

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Historial Cellar Restaurant Bar

If Walls Could Talk ...
Harveys Cellars at 12 Denmark Street, Bristol. The name alone conjures up visions of a glorious past. A past that spans centuries and which saw the joining of two nautical giants, England and Spain. Two nations once divided by war and subsequently joined by trade. A trade that included the noble wine of Jerez, Sherry.
As you sit and lose yourself in the magnificence of these medieval cellars it’s easy to believe the building is soaked in a fascinating history. With its white stoned walls, hidden tunnels and shimmering blue glass bottle display, it’s obvious that these cellars have embraced an intriguing and antiquated past. If the walls could talk, they would surely whisper you their secrets of times gone by …
They would tell you of the day in 1796 when William Perry first pushed open the doors of 12 Denmark Street, the site of a thirteenth century Augustinian monastery, looking for premises to trade as a wine merchant.
They may remember the smell of the ink or the rustle of the feathers on the quill pens used by the Harvey family when signing agreements and ancient ledgers in beautiful calligraphy script after joining the business in the 1800’s.
Or they could recount the stories of the cellar workers as they wearily pushed the oak sherry barrels up and down the underground tunnels leading from the boats moored in the Bristol docks after their long journey from South West Spain.
They may be able to elaborate on the visit by Samuel Pepys who notably recorded in his diary after a visit to Bristol that "They did give us ... plenty of brave wine, and, above all, Bristol Milk”.
Could they tell us the name of the aristocratic lady visitor to the cellars in 1822 who after being offered first a taste of milk sherry and then a new blend, famously remarked: "If that is milk, then this is cream", thereby giving name to the most famous of all sherries: Harveys Bristol Cream.
They would surely have joined in the excitement when John Harvey & Sons were granted a royal warrant as supplier of fine wine to Queen Victoria in 1895 and then wept as the walls crumbled during the bombing raids in the Second World War.
And there would be more, much more. They would tell you of the sounds of the footsteps of thousands of visitors to the Wine Museum over the later years and the delicious smells emanating from the Michelin starred Harveys Restaurant that was famous throughout the UK in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s until it closed in 2003.
But maybe, just maybe, they would say nothing because now they are too busy listening to new sounds as 12 Denmark Street has opened its doors once more.
Harveys Cellars, is a recently renovated wine, sherry and cocktail lounge serving a range of tapas dishes designed to complement the Harveys’ range of sherries being served (the famous Harveys Bristol Cream, Fino and VORS). There is also be a small museum featuring Harveys memorabilia, a baby grand piano and a shimmering blue glass bottle display and an art gallery at the cellars featuring local contemporary Bristol artists.

Other pricing information Price on application depending on requirements
Price per day £500
Available for hourly hire Yes
Features
electricity
cold water
hot water
toilet facilities
catering
cafes/shops around
accommodation nearby
negotiable price
wifi
Available Weekdays
Anyday
Available Time
Anytime
Crew Size
Any
Country GB
City Bristol
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