The site for this development is as sensitive as could be imagined. It lies on the north bank of the River Wye immediately adjacent to the mediaeval Old Bridge into the City. It is highly prominent in all views towards the Cathedral from the south and from both the Old and New Bridges over the river. The site was formerly occupied by a motorcycle showroom and workshop which had been derelict for some time.
The building is on four levels with wine tasting and storage in the basement, main restaurants, bar and kitchens at ground floor, conference rooms at first floor, and cocktail bar and lounge at second floor. Each floor, above ground, has external terracing which cuts back both from the river and from east to west. The Bridge Street elevation is for the most part solid and clad in Bath Stone. which maintains the street frontage and acts, with the building across the street, as one of a pair of book ends to the Old Bridge. The stepping back of the terraces allows the long established views of the Cathedral from both Wye bridges to remain essentially undisturbed while at the same time creating a maximum area of external sitting space for the restaurant.
This building is featured in 'Building in Context - New Development in Historic Areas', a joint publication by English Heritage and CABE, showing fifteen cases from the whole of England considered as excellent examples of contemporary design in a historic setting.