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Opening night party to toast new foodie venture

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Stroud couple, Fred Hulls and Jeremy McGovern, have partnered with Wotton-under-Edge entrepreneur, Chris Hull, on an exciting new culinary experience on Wotton-under-Edge’s High Street, with it’s opening night party happening tonight, Thursday.

The team has been planning since January to create the perfect offering for the area, with a menu to satisfy locals as well as draw in avid foodies with dishes imagined by the couple from their global culinary experiences.

Bustling popup | Opening night party to toast new foodie venture

Fred and Jeremy have been living in California for more than eight years, the US state globally recognised for its unique cuisine that utilises its abundance of fresh ingredients with global flavours. Earlier this month, Fred and Jeremy hosted a popup at Good Food Kitchen and Bar to test the water, which sold out within hours thanks to the exciting menu. Dishes included roasted carrots and hazelnuts with carrot top gremolata, spiced cauliflower steak, whipped feta and pomegranate and chicken and spiced chilli with chicken and chorizo, all pictured.

Chris Hull took over the premises, which was previously Barclays Bank, in September 2018 which was originally a deli, and then an evening restaurant with guest chefs, and since 2023, Chris or guest chefs have been in charge of cooking the dinner menu. The new team will initially open for lunch and dinner Thursday to Saturday, with Friday night offering only a simple bar menu to accompany the buzzy atmosphere that Good Food Kitchen and Bar has already created. Opening hours will extend as the restaurant builds its name, with plans for a weekly Palestinian night on Wednesdays starting in April, as well as its lunch offering expanding one day at a time.

A Stroud local, Fred Hulls founded Fred’s Bar, which launched in 2015 at Stroud Fringe Festival, which rapidly grew thanks to its fresh and exciting fast-serve cocktails, being booked at weddings, events and fundraisers nationwide. In Los Angeles, Fred and Jeremy catered TV and movie sets, before launching Eatin’ Mess, a dessert business that took Eton Mess to new levels, catering for Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin’s birthday party, Seth Rogen’s charity event and US presidential candidate’s Los Angeles fundraiser.

The evening menu at Good Food Kitchen and Bar will be seasonal, drawing local ingredients from businesses, the nearest being Chris’s Good Food Fruit and Veg next door, as well as two bakeries on Wotton’s High Street. The team plans to attract more guest chefs and partner with local businesses and suppliers. The lunch menu will be light yet comforting and fresh yet fast, offering something different to Wotton residents, as well as offering advance-ordered express lunches to local businesses, such as Renishaw, to ensure they can enjoy a tasty meal during their lunch break.

“It’s a joy to partner with Fred and Jeremy who bring a fresh energy to Good Food Kitchen and Bar,” said Chris Hull. “Their global culinary experience combined with a sharp and deep understanding of the local market mean they are in an ideal position to create success. Their popup evening was fully booked immediately and the feedback around their dishes has created a buzz around the town.”

Tonight, Thursday, the team is inviting old and new patrons in for a free drink and nibble, and welcomes anyone attending the party to stay on for a meal, should they wish. The opening party will be from 4:30-7:30PM, and no reservations will be taken for dinner on that night. Reservations for drinks and dinner are open from the 22nd for Thursday to Saturday going forward.

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