Bath’s Green Park Brasserie restaurant celebrates 30th anniversary this year16th March 2022
One of Bath’s best-loved restaurants Green Park Brasserie is celebrating an impressive 30 years in business this year, and is planning a big birthday party this summer.
Visitors over the decades have been drawn to this relaxed eatery and bar inside the former Bath train station. This impressive venue with its high ceilings and covered terraces at the front and rear is a unique space for dining, socialising and live events. The Brasserie is famous for its regular jazz nights, with live music every night from Wednesday to Saturday.
And of course, Green Park Brasserie is also adored by Bath locals and visitors for its food. The menu focuses on using fresh local produce, some of which is sourced from the established Bath Farmer’s Market held just opposite the restaurant every Saturday.
Diner favourites include hearty Sunday roasts, 30-day aged steak sourced from Newton Farm just three miles from the restaurant kitchen, and fresh seasonal specials. The restaurant also shares space with Bath Pizza Co, offering freshly made pizzas in a welcoming casual dining space.
This combination makes the whole of the Green Park Station building a buzzing spot of a weekend, where cocktails, wines, prosecco and Champagne are served until late.
The history of Green Park Brasserie
The restaurant was opened on 11th February 1992 by Andrew Peters, who grew up in Bath and ran restaurants in London before returning to the city.
The Green Park Station building had been derelict since 1966, but had been brought back to life by Bath council’s conservation movement in the 1980s. By the time Andrew took over, it was already a restaurant – but run by five different owners, due to the considerable size of the space. Relishing the challenge, he transformed the space and renamed it the Green Park Brasserie.
The business has steadily grown into one of the most popular venues in Bath, but it hasn’t always been easy. Speaking to Somerset Live, Andrew explained:
“We had to become completely omnivorous. We did Christmas parties, tour groups, morning teas and coffees, and lots of live music.
“Even so, we went through some pretty on-the-edge times. About 20 years ago we had the bailiffs knocking at the door and I had to sell my house in London and borrow from my dad,”
“I think we’ve survived from a combination of hard work, Bath growing as a city, the Farmers’ Market and the Christmas Market.”
Green Park Brasserie is now run by both father and son, with Alex Peters joining in 2016 and adding the Bath Pizza Co collaboration to the business.
The Brasserie stayed open in some capacity through most of the Covid-19 pandemic, offering a popular takeaway pizza service for locals.
30th anniversary celebrations and plans for the future
The Green Park Brasserie team are planning a birthday bash this summer to celebrate its 30th anniversary in style, at a time of year when this indoor-outdoor venue can make the most of the summer weather. Full details will be announced on the restaurant’s website soon.
There are also plans to open a brand-new venue upstairs, in the Bath Function Rooms.
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