The Coconut Tree restaurant group prepares to open a branch in Bath

By Nick Batten on 19 February, 2021

Pioneering Sri Lankan street food restaurant group The Coconut Tree has announced plans to open a seventh site in Bath.

The independent boutique operators are front-runners in bringing fresh Sri Lankan cuisine to the UK. The seventh site – which will join branches in Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford, Cheltenham and Bournemouth – is on track to open at 36 Broad Street in late Spring.

Brand Director Anna Garrod said, “Though trading conditions have been incredibly tough over the last 12 months, we had a good August, September, and October last year despite the restrictions, and demand for what we do is still strong. We feel now is the right time for us to keep pushing The Coconut Tree forwards.

“We are absolutely delighted to announce that our seventh restaurant will be located in Bath, a vibrant city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that we’ve had our sights on for such a long time. We were founded in the South West and it has been instrumental to our success; it’s where we’ve picked up the most awards and been visited by top critics like Jay Rayner, who really understands exactly what we’re all about.

“We can’t wait to bring a little piece of Sri Lankan hospitality to Bath.”

The Coconut Tree was originally founded by Five Sri Lankan friends living in Cheltenham.

In recent years, Sri Lankan food has been having a moment, with The Times identifying it as a key food trend, and BBC Food attributing its popularity to “most of the food world looking towards exciting new cuisines.”

The Coconut Tree’s take on the cuisine is made up of smaller tapas-style dishes embracing plants, fish and meat – an abundant menu that naturally offers something for everyone.

Despite the massive challenges facing hospitality over the last year – The Coconut Tree team is holding fast to their ambitions to put Sri Lankan street food firmly on the UK culinary map in 2021.

Anna concluded, “In the UK, Sri Lankan food is not as widely available or understood as say, Indian or Chinese cuisine, and we want to change that; we want to be the ones to make it mainstream.”

Pictured: (above – left to right) Anna Garrod, Brand Director, Mithra Fernando, Financial Director  and Rodrigo Rashinthe, Operations Director (Top of Page) The Bristol branch of The Coconut Tree