Located in the city centre, the 90-cover restaurant will have a 50-cover al fresco terrace on Salisbury’s pedestrianised high street when it launches on 4 August.
The first Wilding was opened by experienced restaurateur and oenophile Kent Barker in May this year in Oxford’s Jericho area. Barker also owns Eight Stony Street in Frome and has held senior roles at wine companies including Bibendum, Oddbins and Enotria.
Like its sibling, the new restaurant will be based on the concept of ‘wilding’ - the practice of regenerating overworked land to return it to nature - and a commitment to make as little impact on the environment as possible. The Salisbury restaurant will serve the same seasonal menu as in Oxford, created by executive chef Dominique Goltinger. Dishes will include its small plates such as potato gnocchi with aubergine, Westcombe ricotta and basil pesto, a range of pizzas, a Stony Street burger, and grill options such as rotisserie style herb stuffed chicken with crispy potato.
The wine list is being put together by head of wine Sarah Helliwell, with 40 wines available by the glass and 10 on tap as well as a choice of eight fine wines on Wilding’s enomatic dispense system. The wine shop will list more than 200 bottles.