Gloucestershire Echo: Thursday, August 6th, 2015 – They’re going wild as new bar nears launch: By Lewis Peacock: It is now just a matter of weeks until a new bar and restaurant specialising in real ale opens in Cheltenham. Somerset-based brewer Wild Beer Co has revealed the location of its first venue and the team is hard at work revamping the building ahead of the September launch. Wild Beer at Jessop House – named after the three-storey building where it is based in Cambray Place, will serve up the brewer’s own beers plus a selection of other quality UK ales. The menu is still in development but food will include home-cured meats, and cheeses from the Somerset dairy farm on which the brewery is based.
Co-founder Andrew Cooper, 37, who launched Wild Beer Co with friend Brett Ellis, said they chose Jessop House because it was the “right time, the right place and the right price.”. He said: “It’s a lovely town house and so it’s kind of taking it back to basics a little bit. It’s a beautiful old building.” Cheltenham was chosen for their first venture because, Andrew said, “it’s a great town where the team likes to go.”
The latest edition to the town’s real ale establishments have been greeted with delight by the Cheltenham branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. “It’s a very popular and crafty sort of brewery,” said Tony Lucas from the branch. “It’s a very different from a normal pub – they will offer something that’s different in the beer scene.” He added: “I think everyone is looking forward to seeing what they will do with the place.” The Wild Beer Co team is currently hiring ahead of the launch and Andrew said a head chef is still needed – preferably someone who could “bring a bit of their own creativity into the kitchen.”