Cirencester chefs return to home town to open bar and restaurant

By Jessica Durston - 23 September 2021

Food & Drink
  • Cirencester chefs, Sam and Jak

    Cirencester chefs, Sam and Jak

Sam Edwards and Jak Doggett are returning to Cricklade Street to open their latest drinks and dining experience.

Sam, 32 and Jak, 28, have been running the Firehouse at Upton for the last three years, taking it from a buffet to a destination dining hotspot, regularly booked out and doing over 150 covers a service.  

They have taken the site of the former West Cornwall Pasty Shop on Cricklade Street and have plans to transform it into a three-storey breakfast, lunch and dinner venue with bar.

Jak said: “We are both originally from Cirencester so it has always been our goal to open somewhere here, a venue that offers something a little different, modern contemporary dishes in the style that we have developed. Fresh produce, fresher flavours and served all day.”

Sam had 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 in London, and David Thompson, a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner. 

The pair also run an outside catering business and cook for private clients as well as events and have launched their own range of sauces to complement their barbeque and smoked food offerings. Their sauces include sweet chilli, sriracha, ketchup and a salad dressing.

Sam said: “We should be ready to open up in November. There is a lot to do but we are really looking forward to getting stuck in to the new venture.”

More information on Sam & Jak can be found by calling 01993 823612 or visiting theuptonfirehouse.com

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