littlefrench restaurant joins forces with Bristol Old Vic for latest catering partnership

5 Oct 2021

  • Freddy Bird’s littlefrench becomes latest partner in “Bristol Old Vic Presents” food series. Opening at Bristol Old Vic on 11 Oct 2021.  
  • The series teams up the iconic Bristol Old Vic theatre with showstopping menus from the city’s best-loved food spots.  
  • Littleshop & Pantry will also launch a daytime café menu from the theatre, providing coffee, pastries and lunch options to complement the evening offer - open from 8.30am weekdays and noon on Saturdays.

Bristol Old Vic today announced the second in its series of exciting collaborations with some of the city’s best food spots. Local restaurant littlefrench will be resident at Bristol Old Vic until Feb 2022, bringing some of the well-known restaurant’s unique, relaxed style to the iconic theatre venue. It will open on 11 Oct to mark the first preview of the theatre's autumn production, Wuthering Heights, a co-production with Wise Children.

The “Bristol Old Vic Presents” pop-up food series began this summer with the partnership of not one, but two Bristol food favourites (Pizzarova and Grano Kitchen) taking over the kitchens. 

As we head into autumn and Christmas, what better way to mark the transition to winter feasts with friends, than with Freddy Bird’s much-loved littlefrench – renamed for the residency as “littlevic” – promising something familiar, but also a little bit different, from the charismatic Bristol chef.

The one-off menu will contain seasonal dishes catering for everything from a pre-show meal to more relaxed evening’s dining, while half portions are available to cater for children, plus a range of Littleshop & Pantry snacks and quick bites for those on the go.

Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning front of house spaces are the perfect place to enjoy the variety on offer from littlevic. Whether as an express pre-theatre meal, or a more theatrical dining experience in Coopers’ Hall restaurant, or just somewhere to grab a casual bite in the theatre’s outdoor King Street cabins. Whatever you chose, littlevic sure to provide the perfect showstopping service in beautiful surroundings.

Commenting on the launch, Charlotte Geeves, Bristol Old Vic’s Executive Director, said: “littlefrench is the perfect partner for us – the relaxed, informal style of Freddy’s food and hospitality are legendary and fit perfectly with Bristol Old Vic’s welcome to everyone across the city. We are so excited to see how the ‘little’ restaurant with a big heart can bring some of its trademark creativity and fun to our autumn season". 

littlefrench restaurant first opened in July 2019 in Bristol’s Westbury Park village and quickly became a neighbourhood favourite as well as a destination dining spot for food lovers in the UK. The daily changing menu cooked by renowned chef Freddy Bird gained media attention and critical acclaim from the likes of Marina O’Loughlin in The Sunday Times, Tom Parker-Bowles in the Daily Mail and Tim Hayward in the FT Weekend.

littlefrench offers unpretentious French food cooked in Freddy’s unique style, engaging wines at sensible prices, and most of all a relaxed friendly vibe.

Freddy Bird, littlefrench owner, said: We are honoured to be the next pop-up in Bristol Old Vic’s food series. The chance to bring our signature style of food and the littlefrench philosophy to this iconic building in the heart of Bristol is genuinely exciting. At littlevic we will share all the things that people love about littlefrench using the very best ingredients from our beloved producers and local suppliers. The size of the space and the diverse audience means we can showcase our food beyond French cooking, and share some of our most favourite dishes.”

photo by @JonCraig_Photos

littlefrench’s ‘littlevic’ will open for service from 11 Oct – 12 Feb

Opening hours: 8.30am - late, weekdays/ noon - late, Saturday
Service: Pre-show dining reservations taken 5.45 - 6.45pm
Coopers' Hall dining reservations taken 7.45 - 9pm
The Foyer or King Street cabins are available for snacks and light bites throughout the day. No reservation needed.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Picture caption:
1) The new restaurant in Coopers’ Hall at Bristol Old Vic
2) menu option from littlefrench
3) Freddy Bird at littlefrench

About littlefrench:
littlefrench first opened in July 2019 in the village of Bristol Westbury Park and quickly became a neighbourhood favourite as well as a destination dining spot for food lovers in the UK. The daily changing menu cooked by renowned chef Freddy Bird gained media attention and critical acclaim from the likes of Marina O’Loughlin in The Sunday Times, Tom Parker-Bowles in the Daily Mail and Tim Hayward in the FT Weekend. littlefrench offers unpretentious French food cooked in Freddy’s unique style, engaging wines at sensible prices, and most of all a relaxed friendly vibe.
 
Freddy Bird and his wife Nessa also recently opened littleshop & pantry in Westbury Park - minutes away from the restaurant. With a shop, deli, bakery, wine shop and cafe - the shop has operated throughout lockdown and has meant they could support the local producers and suppliers of the restaurant. littleshop & pantry provides exceptional produce and ingredients from the South West, wine from the restaurant wine list as well as baked items and coffees to takeaway.

About Freddy Bird:
Freddy Bird was born and raised in Bristol. He trained at Ballymaloe before starting his career in London; first working at 2 Michelin star restaurant The Square with Philip Howard and then staying 4 years at Moro with Sam & Sam Clark.

Freddy returned to the West Country to launch a restaurant at Lido Bristol which opened in 2008 to critical acclaim, being named finalist in the 2016 Observer Food Monthly Awards. He then successfully launched Thames Lido restaurant in Reading in 2018.

In 2017, Freddy appeared with Michelle Roux Jr on the television show Hidden Restaurants, as a co-presenter. He featured on ch4’s Sunday brunch and the hairy bikers comfort food series. Freddy makes regular appearances on the BBC including, Saturday Kitchen and just recently Remarkable places to eat with Michelle Roux Jr and Fred Sirieix.

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. The historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

On 24 Sep 2018, Bristol Old Vic completed its 2-year multi-million pound redevelopment project, which transformed its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, created a new studio theatre and opened up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time.

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