Salisbury City Garden opens in Guildhall Square

Salisbury City Garden opens in Guildhall Square

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:01am 1st August 2020.

3 minute read

The pop-up, open-air bar has been set up by the team behind three local hospitality businesses, as a 'recovery project' for Salisbury.

The City Garden will be in place outside Salisbury Guildhall from today (Saturday 1st August) until 13th September.

Dave and Aimee Hancock, who run Tinga, Deacons and Caboose in the city have hired the space from Salisbury City Council to set it up.

The couple also ran the Frost teepee bar at last year's Christmas Fayre.

Salisbury City Garden Guildhall Square July 2020
There's no need to pre-book tables for the City Garden but customers are asked to use an app for ordering drinks

It's taken a few days to be set up but will now be open 10.00am to 10.00pm every day for the next six weeks.

The aim is simple, to try and boost some footfall in the city centre, and support other businesses in turn, as Dave Hancock explains: 

"It is absolutely an independent, local business recovery project, no doubt about it. All of our food vendors are local and independent, the real ale we've ordered is from local breweries, the contractors putting the site up are local, the design is local and all of the employees we're bringing in are currently out of work, due to Covid."

The food traders on site - Gourmet Farm and Ben Jammins are both from the Salisbury area.

Salisbury City Garden Guildhall Square July 2020
A stretch tent over some of the tables gives some shelter if the weather turns over the rest of the summer

It's free entry to the City Garden and it's table service only, with an app for customers to use for their orders.

Dave Hancock says they hope it'll be 'the' venue for Salisbury this summer: 

"At our three sites (Tinga, Caboose and Deacons) we don't have outdoor space, so our revenue is significantly down. There's still a lot of people who are cautious about coming out, maybe they're worried about indoor spaces. The Government guidelines are very clear that outdoor space is preferred. 

"We've got amazing foliage, floral displays and this beautiful stretch tent that's up, so it's exciting!"

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