Firehouse at Upton founders extend their foody empire to Cirencester

Sam and Jak

Sam Edwards and Jak Doggett, the chefs behind Sam & Jak The Firehouse at Upton, have opened their second venue, this time in their home town of Cirencester.

The venue, called Sam & Jak is a wine bar and restaurant split over two floors with a private dining room for up to – also on the first floor. The ground floor is the home of the bar and the kitchen, the latter being the home of the large wood fired oven that will prepare dishes like lamb, turnip tops and anchovy pangrattato and red mullet, brown crab with caper and lemon butter. It will also be firing up breakfasts with Cumberland sausages or a smoked kipper with brown butter.

Sam, 32, 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, London, David Thompson and a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner in his own right.

Sam and Jak foodThis hospitality experience from the entrepreneurial duo, whom also own a successful event catering company, is very different from the smoky barbeque restaurant of the Firehouse, that is located near Burford with an emphasis on the bar and bar food. “We have tried to create something a unique for Cirencester and we wanted a very different feel to The Firehouse,” said business partner Sam Edwards. “Deep fried oyster with harissa crème fraiche or a fresh black truffle and ricotta gundi are perfect bites for sharing whilst enjoying a drink with friends.”

The kitchen, that can be seen, will be open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and will be open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday.

Jak, 28, said: “Both being from the town it can be intimidating cooking for our friends and those that know us so well but the reception has been really good and we hope to keep evolving the food and drink offering as we develop.”