The Muset, Clifton, closed down - site repossessed due to unpaid rent

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By SimonPeevers | Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 17:24

One of Clifton's most well-established restaurants has been closed down, with notices in the window stating the landlord has taken back the property due to unpaid rent.

The Muset, on Clifton Road, next to the Lansdown pub, has been closed for about a month and letting agent Terry Olpin is advertising for new tenants to take it on as a restaurant.

I think this is a real shame as it was something of a hidden gem and I have personally spent many happy night in there, but perhaps not enough to keep it going. The first new year's eve I celebrated in Bristol was there, some time earlier in this century.

The Muset was founded in 1987, and according to their website, which doesn't mention its recent demise, it was the first restaurant in Bristol to introduce Bring Your Own alcohol. This then led them to open a couple of branches of Hullabaloos, one on Whiteladies Road where the Cowshed now is (having been a couple of different things inbetween), and a second on Park Street where I believe Gourmet Burger Kitchen now sits.

The Muset was always quite Tardis-like, stretching round the corner and seemingly never ending, with a total capacity for 120 diners.

I've always enjoyed the food there, French and European mainly in style, but I'm no expert critic and as long as it doesn't contain liver or kidneys I'll eat pretty much anything.

But seriously, it is a shame to see it has now gone. Apparently Terry Olpin has had a couple of offers since it's gone back on the market.

I have no information as to precisely what led to its closing down, but I guess it's safe to assume that if the property has been repossessed by the landlord and rent is unpaid, that business obviously wasn't good.

I hope whoever takes over the site has more success in these difficult trading conditions.

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