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Chefs launch wine bar in hometown Cirencester

Two chefs have launched a wine bar in their hometown of Cirencester.

Sam Edwards and Jak Doggett, who are the chefs behind Sam & Jak The Firehouse at Upton, near Burford, have opened a second venue, in Cricklade Street, Cirencester.

Called Sam & Jak, it's a wine bar and restaurant split over two floors with a private dining room, also on the first floor.

Sam Edwards said: "We have tried to create something unique for Cirencester and we wanted a very different feel to The Firehouse."

Business partner Jak Doggett said: "Both being from the town it can be intimidating cooking for our friends and those that know us so well but the reception has been really good and we hope to keep evolving the food and drink offering as we develop."

The ground floor is the home to the bar and the kitchen, the latter comprising the large wood fired oven that will prepare dishes like lamb, turnip tops and anchovy pangrattato and red mullet, brown crab with caper and lemon butter.

The oven will also be cooking up breakfasts with Cumberland sausages or a smoked kipper with brown butter.

Sam previously worked and trained at The Manor House in Moreton-in-Marsh while both went onto to work with renowned chef - Bob Parkinson of Bibendum, London, David Thompson and a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner in his own right.

The hospitality experience being served up in Cirencester by the duo, who also own an event catering company, is deliberately designed to be very different from the smoky barbeque restaurant of the Firehouse, located near Burford, where the emphasis is on the bar and bar food.

The kitchen at the new wine bar will be open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday.

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