6/28/2023 | Restaurants

New Mediterranean restaurant set to open in Bath following sale through Christie & Co

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co is pleased to announce Aqua, a former Italian restaurant and bar in Bath, has been sold and is set to reopen as a Mediterranean restaurant called Pomegranate.


Located on Walcot Street, which is commonly known as the “artisan quarter”, the restaurant site is set in St. Michael’s Church House, an impressive Grade II listed building which features a high vaulted roof, stained glass windows and various period features.

The former restaurant was owned and operated by Ben Smithson since 2008, who comments, “We enjoyed a wonderful fifteen years in the beautiful chapel restaurant. We made the decision to part ways with the business to focus our efforts in different areas but Bath will always remain close to our thoughts.”

The new owner, Hidir Dersuniyelioglu, has exciting new plans for the business. He comments, “Our vision for Pomegranate is to create a culinary haven where the vibrant flavours of the Mediterranean come to life. We are deeply passionate about showcasing the rich tapestry of Greek and Turkish cuisines, and we believe that Pomegranate will be a true celebration of these culinary traditions. With our carefully crafted menu, we aim to transport our guests to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean, offering an unforgettable dining experience and warm hospitality that these cultures are renowned for. As we prepare to open our doors, we extend a warm invitation as we look forward to welcoming the community to our table.”

Nicholas Calfe, Director at Christie & Co who handled the sale, adds, “The sale of Aqua in Bath is a clear indication of the demand we have for leasehold hospitality businesses, particularly in desirable locations. We were pleased to achieve the full asking price and look forward to seeing the new concept come to life.”

For further information on this press release, contact:                 

Bronte Hughes, Corporate Communications Manager
P: +44 (0) 7721 420 656 or E: bronte.hughes@christie.com

Contact the agent:

Nicholas Calfe, Director – Hospitality
P:  +44 7764 241 295 or E: nicholas.calfe @christie.com