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Meet the Thurston man behind The Wine Cellar in Bury St Edmunds due to open next month



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A new wine bar is set to open in town next month.

The Wine Cellar is currently being constructed at 33 Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds – the site of the former Goldsmiths jewellers.

It is the project of Bradley Dorrington, 25, from Thurston.

Bradley Dorrington outside the site of the former Goldsmiths jewellers. Picture: Chris Morris
Bradley Dorrington outside the site of the former Goldsmiths jewellers. Picture: Chris Morris

Mr Dorrington is currently the general manager of MJP at the Shepherds restaurant, in Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire.

He has worked in the hospitality industry since leaving school including pubs hotels and restaurants in Kent, Devon, London and Newmarket.

The Wine Cellar will feature about 100 wines from around the world, with a special ‘wine wall’ from which customers can choose different varieties by the glass or bottle.

Bradley plans to open on August 5. Picture: Chris Morris
Bradley plans to open on August 5. Picture: Chris Morris

It will be open from midday, Wednesday to Sunday, from August 5, and also serve sharing boards and small plates.

“The idea is to create a relaxed environment which people can enjoy throughout the day,” said Mr Dorrington.

“Wine is my passion and I have always loved the idea of running a wine bar with food.

“We will have a wide variety of wines, some on the safer side, some more explorative and others more ‘out there’.

“We will have around 45 covers and serve party foods, sharing boards, and small plates.

"The plan is for the bar to complement the restaurants in the town,known as the foodie capital of Suffolk.

“There will also be tea, coffee, and soft drinks.

"Work is progressing well and we are looking forward to opening."

Mr Dorrington has taken on his first staff member, West End actor, Dale Evans.

The interior features colours of teal, purple and orange and vintage, modern and custom-made furniture.

Mr Dorrington's wife Genevieve helped with the design.

For more information visit: www.thewinecellarbse.co.uk or search winecellarbse on social media channels.

The Wine Cellar is Mr Dorrington's first solo venture.