Russell Norman and business partner Richard Beatty are set to open POLPO Bristol at 50 Whiteladies Road in August 2016.
Modelled on the scruffy wine bars of Venice, POLPO feels urban, rustic and stripped back. The interiors feature a reclaimed timber floor, rusted tin ceiling and a huge skylight that floods the restaurant with light.
POLPO’s trademark deep red leather banquettes line the walls alongside old chemistry lab tables, classic bentwood chairs and antique maps of Venice.
“I often wonder how differently my life would have turned out had I got into Bristol University in 1985,” says Russell Norman. “Instead, I flunked A Level French and ended up at Sunderland Polytechnic. Bristol still holds a magic and a fascination for me. It is a wonderful city full of beauty, culture, and charm, and we are extremely lucky to have found a site for POLPO on Whiteladies Road.
“We can’t wait to open our doors this summer and welcome fans of good food, good wine, Venetian spritz and old-school hospitality.”