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Innovative Gloucester waterfront scheme offers opportunities for independent food and drink businesses

18th May 2022, 15:05
Innovative Gloucester waterfront scheme offers opportunities for independent food and drink businesses

An innovative waterfront development in the docks in Gloucester city centre, is aimed specifically at independent food and drink businesses from the wider region. 

Gloucester Food Dock will be a community of 15 independent food and drink hospitality businesses trading from spaces which open onto south facing terraces overlooking the water in the heart of the city. Formed from the conversion and extension of two listed warehouses, premises are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes, most with external seating areas.

Gloucester Food Dock Co-Founder, Ken Elliott said

Our project is aimed at providing the right trading environment for existing and aspiring hospitality entrepreneurs to grow their brands. It also aims to reset the traditional landlord/tenant relationship, occupational terms are flexible with early exit routes and rent is paid purely as a percentage of sales, with no base.

Five businesses have already been selected for the scheme, Gloucester-based, Wholly Gelato, will open a gelato and dessert bar, Strip, from Stroud, will open a second outlet for their fast-service steak restaurant, Cheltenham distillery, Sibling, are developing a gin cocktail bar concept and Bella Mia will be opening the first bricks and mortar version of their wood-fired pizza concept.  Other  names will be revealed over the next few months.

The management team at the Food Dock want representation from as many food and drink sectors as possible and are keen to talk to any business or individual who thinks they may have a creative or original idea that would work in the location.

The historic city of Gloucester is undergoing one of the most extensive regeneration programmes in the UK. This is creating opportunities across a wide spectrum of business and property sectors from boutique hotels, high tech offices to residential, and will include a new University of Gloucestershire urban campus for 4,500 students. 

For general enquiries e-mail

If you are interested in taking space and becoming a member of the Food Dock then contact Ken at

Find out more about the Food Dock here. 


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