We’ve now officially opened the doors of our latest venture – our new neighbourhood restaurant Spelt also here in Bampton.
If you keep up with our news, you’ll know we’ve taken on the village’s old bakery shop. We have created a new concept style restaurant and have been taking bookings for the last couple of weeks.
Now we’ve ironed out all the niggles and have had a few weeks’ testing everything out, we’re open properly. We’re now taking bookings for our new brunch menu that runs from 9.30am until 3pm every day, except Sunday and Monday. Also for dinner from 5.30pm-9.30pm on Thursday through to Saturday.
At Spelt, we’ve started from scratch, with a blank canvas and have put in all the kitchen equipment, furnishings and fittings to create our restaurant. The bakery began life in the 1700s, so we came up with the name for it of Spelt, which is an old-fashioned grain.
Designed to appeal to all Bampton’s eclectic residents and the many tourists and visitors that visit our part of the world, our new restaurant has three open-plan areas each decorated slightly differently, one with a fireplace and chandelier in a reds and purples colour palette. Another is funky with retro pictures and then the middle area is clean, bright and modern.
Our Chef Patrons here at The Swan Paul and Donna have run pubs in Bampton for more than 12 years and prior to that worked as chefs in the South East and West.
The inspiration for Spelt came from their love of Barcelona, which they’ve visited for a number of years now.
Paul says: “We love the Spanish idea of sharing food. However, Spelt is not a tapas bar, but it is something similar, being more about the flavour of the food than fine dining.
“It’s very different from The Swan in style. But we’re still focused on using wonderful local produce and serving up the tastiest dishes going. We offer a selection of dishes developed for sharing. No starters as such and no mains either. If two people are going to eat, possibly they’d have four or five plates of food.
“Spelt represents a wonderful adventure for us. It’s great having something new and different we can get our teeth into. Whatever happens though, rest assured, we’re not taking our eyes off the ball at The Swan. We are passionate about the pub and it is just as important to us now, as it was eight years ago when we took it on.”
To find out more about Spelt, please visit www.speltbampton.co.uk.