Bristol’s indie food and drink firms get bigger slice of market with opening of CARGO 2

May 26, 2017

CARGO 2, the latest extension of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf indie food and drink hub, is being officially opened this evening with its eclectic mix of retailers offering tasters and samples, offers and discounts.

The festivities take place from 5pm to 8pm to mark the opening. Entertainment is also planned to add a touch of festival atmosphere to the celebrations.

CARGO 2, the second phase of the city’s first retail hub to be made of converted shipping containers, is part of the new Wapping Wharf neighbourhood on Bristol’s Harbourside.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind CARGO, said: “Retailers are holding their own individual openings and soft launches over the course of May, but these celebrations will give the people of Bristol a chance to come down to this vibrant new quarter and check out the exciting additions to its independent retail scene, most of whom will be open by then.

“It’s set to be a brilliant summer down at Wapping Wharf this year with all the shops, restaurants and cafes along Gaol Ferry Steps and at CARGO 1 now open, and now CARGO 2 joining this exciting new community.”

Opening in CARGO 2 are:

  • Mabboo – an independent Bristol-based retailer specialising solely in clothing and accessories made using the world’s most sustainable plant, bamboo.
  • Big Juice – will provide nutritional, freshly-prepared fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies
  • Cargo Cantina – sister restaurant to Bristol favourite, Bravas, Cargo Cantina is a taco bar inspired by the cantinas of Mexico City. 
  • CUPP Bubble Tea – CUPP specialises in authentic Taiwanese bubble tea and noodles. CARGO will be CUPP’s third opening in Bristol.
  • Gopal’s Curry Shack – Gopal’s serves vibrant and creative Indian inspired street food with a seasonal British twist.
  • John Kelly 1880+ – Selling design-led jewellery, silver and metalware, circa 1880 to the present day, with a slant toward post-war Scandinavian and British design.
  • Loop Massage – A small, perfectly formed oasis of calm, offering bespoke, affordable massage to the people of Bristol.
  • Pure Yoga – Pure Yoga offers lunchtime express classes as well as early morning and evening classes for all levels.
  • Oliver’s Ice Cream Ltd – Oliver’s is coming to CARGO with a proven track record in making artisan Italian ice cream (gelato) and sorbets from almost entirely natural ingredients.
  • Spuntino – Meaning ‘snack’ in Italian, Spuntino specialises in small plates of Italian-influenced New York comfort food, set in a charming and elegant interior inspired by the roadside diners of 1950s America.
  • TARE – TARE is a 20-cover restaurant with a menu regularly changing throughout the year allowing the team to work with the season’s best local produce.
  • Salt & Malt – Chef and restaurateur Josh Eggleton will open a second Salt & Malt, serving signature gluten free fish and chips, as well as holding popup events and tasting menus. Salt & Malt Cargo will include an outdoor terrace with stunning views of The Matthew and Bristol’s Floating Harbour.
  • Sholay – The owners of The Mint Room are set to open a modern new, casual dining concept called Sholay Indian Kitchen.
  • The Athenian – The Athenian is a street food endeavour following in the steps of traditional Greek souvlaki.
  • The Pickled Brisket – Bristol’s first dedicated salt beef bar, serving locally-sourced hot salt beef sandwiches.
  • The Bristol Cheesemonger – The Bristol Cheesemonger is a small independent business specialising in local and UK territorial cheeses. 
  • A new venture from Brace & Browns will be “the fancier, younger and sexier cousin of Brace & Browns”, bringing plush cocktails and a new sharing style of eating to the scene. 

CARGO 1 is already open and home to Woky Ko, Chicken Shed, Shambarber, The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium, PIGSTY, Bristol Cider Shop, BOX-E, Lovett Pies and Corks of Cargo. Mokoko, Better Food, Bertha’s Pizza, Little Victories, Fig 1 and Wild Beer Co opened along Gaol Ferry Steps last year, with Calypso Kitchen now open too. 


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