Quercus Bistro Opens in Royal Wootton Bassett. A new bistro and specialist wine shop run by experienced manager and chef Steve Newton, has opened on the High Street in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Quercus, is a bistro linked to the newly-opened RWB Auctions. It’s the latest business to open as part of the family of businesses owned by local entrepreneur Jon White.

Jon is the man behind:

  • The new RWB Auction house
  • Old Bank Antiques
  • Britannia Coin Company and Gold Traders UK

And they’re all based in Royal Wootton Bassett.

A high street champion

A champion of the high street, Jon and his team have ensured that the design of Quercus fits into the auction room complex. Yet also serves the local community, offering something a little different.

The bistro has, so far, created jobs for a team of seven with more staff due for employment in the coming months.

Jon said: ‘It’s been a lot of hard work to get the bistro open and ready for business. And I’d like to thank my team for their support in this. We’re aiming to offer an intimate, cosy and relaxed atmosphere with exceptionally good food.

A particular challenge

With many auction houses, getting food and drink on site can be something of a challenge. Often they’re in industrial estates or remote settings where you’re lucky to get a drink in a plastic cup and a limp sandwich. My aim was that there would be access to a cosy venue with great food on site. But yet also accessible to the wider community, becoming part of a vibrant and modern high street.

We’re very proud of the bistro. In the first instance it’ll open from Wednesdays to Sundays offering brunch, lunch and dinner as well as Sunday lunches. We’re also proud to offer fantastic wine – not available elsewhere. Further, you can order and buy bottles as we’re also a “bottle shop.” ‘

Heading up the team at Quercus is Steve Newton. Steve’s worked in hospitality for more than 20 years including running his own pub. After taking a short break from hospitality Jon enticed him back to run Quercus.

Quercus Bistro Opens - (camera left to right) Amy Arthur, front of house supervisor) Steve Newton, the manager and chef at Quercus, Jack Sharpe, sous chef and (back) Jon White, owner of Quercus.
Quercus Bistro Opens – left to right) Amy Arthur, front of house supervisor) Steve Newton, the manager and chef at Quercus, Jack Sharpe, sous chef and (back) Jon White, owner of Quercus.

‘Jon and his team asked me my vision many months ago and now it’s a reality. We offer delicious and high quality food at affordable prices. And, where possible, we’re using Wiltshire suppliers and farmers for our dishes. I will be changing the menu every month so there will be a seasonal element to our dishes,’ Steve said.

‘Offering wonderful wines that aren’t readily available has also formed part of my dream for this bistro. Anyone can come in and order or takeaway their favourites. Or try some high quality wines – all listed on our website.’

The name ‘Quercus’ comes from the Latin word for oak. And the premises used to be the Royal Oak Pub, so they’ve chosen the name as a nod to the heritage of the premises.

To find out more about Quercus visit https://quercusbistro.co.uk

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