“Sadly we won't be a restaurant anymore” – Bournemouth’s Terroir Tapas closes its doors

By James McAllister

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“Sadly we won't be a restaurant anymore” – Bournemouth’s Terroir Tapas closes its doors

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Bournemouth-based zero waste restaurant Terroir Tapas has permanently closed its doors, with its founder saying the financials results ‘do not reflect the efforts and ethos the team strive for’.

The restaurant, which held a Michelin Green Star in recognition of its sustainable practises, confirmed its closure earlier today (6 February) via a statement on its website​.

“It's now time to change and grow on from our founding home,” the statement reads.

“Our goal was always to offer a planet positive dining experience with no negative impact on the outside world – an attribute that sadly only a tiny percentage of restaurants can do.

“Post-Covid life for us has been tough. Rising overheads and cost of living implications has made us evaluate our value as a restaurant. Quite simply, the financials results do not reflect the efforts and ethos that the team strive for – there's better things we can do!

“Terroir is the right way to run a restaurant and we need to share and educate our industry.  What this means for us now is undecided, but sadly we won't be a restaurant anymore.”

Terroir Tapas was founded by James Fowler and launched in Southbourne, Bournemouth, in 2017.

Led by head chef Jesse Wells, the restaurant’s kitchen served a menu of regularly-changing small plates and sharing dishes cooked over fire, alongside a 10-course tasting menu, with all of the ingredients sourced from nearby farms.

Terroir Tapas has held a Michelin Green Star since 2022 and retained it in this year’s Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland that was published yesterday (5 February)​.

A quote by Wells on the Michelin website​ says: "From initial structural design through to daily operations and the customer experience, our aim is to show our clientele that green dining is achievable.

“We are all about preserving and enhancing what we have on earth by eliminating waste, chemicals and unnecessary carbon trails.”

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