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BRISTOL

A comprehensive guide to eating out in Bristol Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Welcome Welcome to the Bristol Food & Drink Guide 2019. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key below.

Food & Drink Guide 2019 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street

CB – Central Bristol Map CC City Centre

GR Gloucester Road

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Temple Quay TQ & Redcliffe

Clifton

Bristol

Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167

RK Redland & Kingsdown

e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor

Thornbury Pilning

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FB

Rangeworthy Yate

Avonmouth

Wi

Burton

BN Downend CB BE Kw Corsham BS Brislington

Portishead Regional Map

Bedminster

TY Thornbury & Yate

BE Bristol East

Filton & FB Bradley Stoke

BS Bristol South

BN Bristol North West

WestonWS super-Mare

Wo Woodspring

Wi Wiltshire

North East NS Somerset

So Somerset

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Westonsuper-Mare Blagdon Shipham

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Pensford

NS Radstock

Cheddar

So Coleford

BradfordBath on-Avon Trowbridge Rode Frome

Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe Editorial Assistants Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Kate Avetoomyan, Celia Rowland Graphic Designer Tamara Osborn, Jess Porter

Kw Kingswood

Photography £25 to

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Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents

Foreword......................2 Modern European..........3 British..........................8 Spotlight on... Harbourside................14 Modern British............16 Seafood......................17 Fish & Chips...............17 Gastropub...................18 Spotlight on... The Centre..................23

Leon Day (www.leondayimages.com) Contributors Rosie Best Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Paul Balshaw, Sam Terrett, Tim Hall

Italian.........................24 Pizzeria......................26 American....................28 Steakhouse..................29 Grill............................29 Cuban.........................32 Caribbean...................32 Bar & Restaurant........33 Spotlight on... Clifton........................43

Spotlight on... Gloucester Road..........48 Café............................50 Café & Restaurant.......51 Traditional..................53 Indian.........................58 Sri Lankan..................60 Pan Asian...................61 Japanese.....................62 Chef Profiles...............64 Index..........................65

Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed November 2019.

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Foreword

Jake Platt I’ve been lucky enough to call Bristol home for close to 19 years. Born and raised in London, I moved to the South West in my teens and fell in love with the countryside and proximity to the coast. For me, Bristol is the perfect base; it’s got the excitement and vibrancy of a metropolitan city and yet it’s verdant and surrounded by lush countryside if you need to get back to nature. What makes Bristol so special is that it’s culturally and historically very rich, with great music, art and a very strong independent restaurant scene. The people are great – very proud, open-minded and liberal, which helps with the industry we’re in, and, of course, the distinctive Bristolian accent has a special charm. The Bristol restaurant scene has a fantastic reputation, and deservedly so. We get a lot of recognition from the major food guides and reviewers from the national press. I think it has developed massively in recent years, with more independent restaurants, the closures of the big chains, more farmers’ markets, and a resurgence of greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers proving that the general public has an increasing knowledge and appetite for quality food. Social media has definitely played a part, especially Instagram, which has opened things up and made restaurants more accessible than ever. A more food-educated clientele gives us chefs the confidence to do things we may not previously have been able to do, like cook fish on the bone, use less fashionable meat cuts, feature offal on the menu and use the forgotten heritage fruits and vegetables. Bristol is so well placed geographically that it has an abundance of great produce, like seafood from the coast, amazing farmers specialising in heritage breeds, local shoots, orchards and amazing fruit and vegetable growers. I have to give a special shout out to our veg supplier Hugo. The energy and drive he gives to support local farmers and growers in order to supply Bristol’s restaurants with the best-quality produce is inspirational, and makes him an absolute pleasure to work with. I also like to forage when I’m out walking my dogs, picking up wild herbs, fruit and mushrooms when in season. This year I want to focus on lowering our carbon footprint and cutting down on single-use plastics – something the industry as a whole really needs to look at and work towards as a collective. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Bristol food scene, and I hope you’ll use this guide to discover for yourself what makes this region so special.

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Lido

Modern European

 Location Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ t: 0844 502 2710 w: www.lidobristol.com e: events@lidobristol.com

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Tucked away in the stunning area of Clifton you’ll find the Lido, a spectacular restaurant serving outstanding modern plates with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. As soon as I entered the bar area I noticed the floor-to-ceiling windows that span the length of the bar overlooking the refurbished Victorian swimming pool. The decor is sleek, colourful and unpretentious, transporting diners to warmer climes. My dining partner and I were shown to our table upstairs in the restaurant area by the friendly, attentive staff, who made us instantly feel welcome. As soon as I sat down, a feeling of tranquillity washed over and I felt as though I was on holiday, just for the evening.

£27 to

£38

‘...outstanding modern plates...’ Before we perused the menu we were served a generous portion of crusty bread with top-quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. After much deliberation, we opted for albondigas in sweet pepper sauce and aged Manchego, and juicy wood-roasted scallops served in the shells with sumptuous sweet herb and garlic butter. We accompanied our meal with a glass of garnatxa blanca, which was delightfully fresh with botanical aromas; an ideal pairing for our delicious starters. Moving on to the main course, I chose the wood-roasted Cornish ray served with summer chanterelles, coco beans and sherry butter sauce, while my dining partner plumped for the seared Iberico pork bavette with chorizo, new potatoes, roasted Breme onion and Pedro Ximénez sauce. The Cornish ray was cooked to perfection and simply fell off the bone. The delicate flavour of the fish married beautifully with the rich butter sauce and summer chanterelles. The Iberico pork bavette was served pink in the middle, and the addition of the fried chorizo and Port sauce afforded the dish an impressive depth of flavour. To finish we decided to treat ourselves by sampling a selection of ice creams and sorbets alongside an expertly made flat white. The salted caramel ice cream and apricot sorbet were highlights of this most indulgent conclusion to a spectacular evening meal.

Bar Food Served: Mon-Sat 8am-11.30am, noon-10pm; Sun 9am-11.30am, noon-10pm Restaurant Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm

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Glassboat  Location Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB t: 0844 502 9475 w: www.glassboat.co.uk e: events@glassboat.co.uk

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Nestled on Welsh Back in Bristol’s historic floating harbour, the Glassboat is something of a Bristol institution. Renowned for its romantic setting, the Glassboat occupies a beautiful boat with floor-to-ceiling glass frontage offering stunning views across the harbour. The atmosphere was warm when we arrived, with friendly and attentive staff setting the tone for a memorable evening. This light and bright restaurant is the perfect backdrop in which to celebrate a special occasion. Once seated at our table, our friendly waiter listed the specials before fetching our drinks – a refreshing local cider for me, and a crisp white wine from the carefully chosen list for my dining partner.

£27 to

£43

We admired the sunset before perusing the delightful menu. It’s the finer details that set the Glassboat apart. The seasonal menu changes regularly to make the most of the finest local produce available, and you can always find a selection of exciting dishes on the special’s board. To start, I plumped for heritage tomatoes, goat’s curd, romesco sauce and basil, while my dining partner went for chicken liver parfait with apricot and chamomile jelly. Both starters were a total triumph, and from here on, we knew we were in for a culinary treat. After some deliberation choosing my main course, I settled for the Tamworth pork belly, confit fennel, caper and oregano, which was simply outstanding. The flavours harmonised exquisitely, and the dish was presented immaculately. My companion’s main was met with equal delight: a beautiful rump of Devon beef, which was incredibly succulent and perfectly seasoned. It was accompanied by glazed organic beetroot and horseradish, and we couldn’t resist sharing a portion of pommes frites to go with our mains.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm; Sun noon-4pm

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Desserts are bound to impress even the most passionate dessert devotees. I opted for chocolate fondant served with almond praline and salted caramel ice cream, while my companion devoured her almond tart accompanied by poached apricot and vanilla ice cream – the perfect end to a fabulous evening. The elegant yet warm surroundings, attention to detail and excellent service make any visit an unforgettable experience. It’s no surprise that this popular destination has been serving delighted diners for over 30 years.


Symonds at Redwood

Modern European

 Location Beggar Bush Lane, Failand, Nr. Bristol, BS8 3TG t: 0844 625 3769 w: www.symondsrestaurant.co.uk e: info@symondsrestaurant.co.uk

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You’ll find Symonds at Redwood within the gorgeous Redwood Hall at Audley. Located just a short drive from the centre of Clifton and surrounded by 14 acres of landscaped gardens, the restaurant offers the perfect escape from reality and provides a tranquil place to unwind with friends and family.

£20 to

£35

Over the years, Symonds has developed an excellent reputation for its sophisticated yet laid-back ambience and creative seasonal menus, and visitors are offered the choice of a formal restaurant or a more relaxed modern British bistro as their dining destination. Inside, the decor is a tasteful fusion of contemporary touches and traditional English charm: bottle green chairs, crystal chandeliers and polished wooden tables combine to form an interior that is both elegant and inviting. The stylish atmosphere calls for food to match, and the restaurant menu holds its own with modern interpretations of classic English dishes. To start, seared cod cheeks are paired with a trio of peas and a flavoursome pancetta crisp, while the Wye Valley asparagus comes with a poached hen’s egg, Béarnaise sauce and a drizzle of luxurious truffle oil. Local ingredients and European influences can be spotted in main dishes of pan-fried fillet of stone bass, which is enhanced by pickled samphire and shellfish bisque, and the impressive duo of lamb is accompanied by fondant potato, baby carrots and leeks, chestnut mushrooms and mint gel. There are a few vegetarian and gluten-free options too, including asparagus, basil and pea risotto. From the all-day dining menu, guests can opt for light bites and sandwiches – the chicken and tarragon mayonnaise option is especially popular – as well as classics such as chicken Caesar salad and juicy sirloin steak with chunky chips and onion rings. On warm summer days, the garden and terrace are sublime spots in which to unwind with a chilled glass of wine or even a cocktail. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just enjoying the weekend, you could even order afternoon tea to share. The themed teas change regularly, but there’s always a tempting array of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade cakes on offer.

Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm; Fri & Sat 9am-8.30pm; Sun 9am-4pm

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Poco  Location 45 Jamaica Street, Bristol, BS2 8JP t: 0844 502 9323 w: www.pocotapasbar.com e: info@pocotapasbar.com

GR £12 to

£22

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-late; Sat & Sun 10am-late

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Named Independent Restaurant of the Year at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good Awards in 2016, as well as Crumbs Magazine’s Best Casual Dining Restaurant 2017, Poco is a well-loved Bristol legend. A stand-out favourite of Bristol’s booming food scene, Poco is best known for its seasonally changing British tapas menu and multiple-award-winning sustainable business practices. Set on the corner of Jamaica Street in the shadow of Banksy’s famous Mild Mild West mural, Poco is one of the city’s best spots for people-watching, with windows facing Bristol’s legendary artistic quarter, Stokes Croft – one of the most dynamic stretches of pavement in the city. A central open kitchen fills the restaurant with irresistible aromas and brings the theatre of chefs at work. The menu showcases the very best of what the Dorset coastline and Somerset hedgerows and pastures offer seasonally. Much-loved classics like labneh with za’atar and roast Saddleback pork belly never stray far from the menu, but the main body of dishes changes to echo the shifting seasons. At the time of writing, plates like lamb shoulder, smoked beetroot, nettle and hazelnut pesto evoke spring, while signal crayfish and Fowey mussels with capers and dill brings a definite summer twist to the table. Dishes are big on flavour and designed for sharing, making Poco one of Bristol’s most sociable dining venues. The team’s dedication to sustainability is inspiring and showcased in its green manifesto, which can be found on Poco’s website. The team raises money for numerous charities, supports Bristol food producers and hosts many inspiring and educational events. Brunches and lunches are hearty, healthy and draw inspiration from creative New York establishments. Bristol Loaf sourdough toast is laden with organic eggs, and salads are fresh, vibrant and colourful, balancing myriad flavours and textures. Cocktails comprise homemade and foraged infusions, and the wine list boasts delicious and affordable organic house wine as well as natural, biodynamic and English options. Add good friends, passionate staff and warm service, and you have one of the city’s most welcoming, atmospheric dining experiences.


The Gallimaufry

Modern European

 Location 28 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AL t: 0844 502 2660 w: www.thegallimaufry.co.uk e: info@thegallimaufry.co.uk

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The Gallimaufry is a Bristol institution, known for its superb food, unbeatable atmosphere and live music. Walking up Gloucester Road you can’t help but notice The Galli, with its inviting exterior and outside seating area, which is always bustling with cheery revellers. Upon entering, you’re met with a stylish yet cosy bar area with a welcoming atmosphere. The striking stained glass window overhead affords plenty of light, while the seating area features thousands of colourful ornaments strung from the ceiling.

£18 to

£25

We took a seat on the mezzanine overlooking the hubbub of the bar. Our knowledgeable waitress talked us through the menu, and when my partner couldn’t choose from the extensive selection of local ales on offer, she helpfully brought over a hand-picked selection of tipples to try; it’s this kind of service that sets The Galli apart from its competitors. The food menu is concise and well crafted, with a range of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options catering to all tastes and making it a great choice for groups. There’s a clear Mediterranean influence, with a selection of small plates that can be shared tapas-style or sampled as starters. We devoured saltfish fritters, Padrón peppers, and a delicious Mexican-style salad of tomatoes, sweetcorn and black beans to start – each dish impressed with its impressive balance of flavours. I followed with creamy mushroom Stroganoff with nutty red rice and crispy kale, a sumptuous dish that just so happened to be vegan. My partner was equally enthralled with his delicate hake fillet served atop a rich broth with butterbeans, rainbow chard, red pepper and courgette. Knowing how delicious the starters and mains were, we couldn’t resist dessert, and shared a blueberry and almond tart with flapjack ice cream, and a scoop of strawberry and basil sorbet. Everything is homemade – the mouth-watering strawberry and basil sorbet was inspired by a flavour combination the chef discovered while working in Italy, while the innovative flapjack ice cream was initially created by accident, and has since become a firm favourite with diners. Next time you’re looking for a place to eat, take a trip to The Gallimaufry. This exceptional establishment has achieved a level of food, service and atmosphere that all good restaurants should aspire to.

Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight; Fri & Sat 11am-1am

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The River Grille  Location The Bristol, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QF t: 0844 502 5508 w: www.doylecollection.com/bristol e: therivergrille@doylecollection.com

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The River Grille boasts one of the most picturesque settings in central Bristol, right on the attractive harbourside. The restaurant has windows running all along its side, affording fortunate diners a wonderful view of the water and charming cobbled pedestrian area. In the summer, it’s a lovely spot from which to watch the boats sail by, whereas the winter view is all about the twinkling lights on the water. The light and airy interior and calm ambience make the restaurant that perfect remedy to the city centre’s hustle and bustle.

£25 to

£40

Given The River Grille’s proximity to Bristol’s theatres, it’s unsurprising that the pre-theatre menu is so popular. At just £25 for three courses, it offers excellent value for money. Seasonal menus incorporate the freshest ingredients and some of the South West’s best produce. To start, you could tuck into the legendary homemade Guinness bread while enjoying a pint of Bristol Beer Factory’s best, or indulge in an expertly crafted cocktail. From the main menu, you might sample an exquisite steak cooked on the Josper grill, or one of the wonderful fish dishes. Sumptuous desserts are made in-house. You can’t miss the chocolate fondant, which remains on the menu all year round due to popular demand – it’s no wonder the restaurant was voted Best Hotel Restaurant at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2018. Food Served: Mon-Thurs 6.30am-10am, 5.30pm-10pm; Fri 6.30am-10am, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 7.30am-11am, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 7.30am-11am, 12.30pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm

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River Cottage Kitchen Bristol  Location St Johns Court, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QY t: 0844 625 3464 w: www.rivercottage.net e: bristolkitchen@rivercottage.net

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River Cottage Kitchen Bristol offers fantastic food in a beautifully restored Grade II listed church building in Clifton. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the team serves delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. You can pop in for coffee and cake, local beer or cider throughout the day.

£15 to

£25

River Cottage uses the very best local, responsibly sourced and seasonal ingredients to create exciting menus that reflect their passion and commitment to food provenance. Fresh seasonal vegetables are always at the heart of the cooking – including the children’s menu. The free-range, organic and wild meats are sourced from farms the team knows and trusts, and the fish and shellfish is day-boat landed, MSC certified or sustainably farmed. The team loves working with like-minded producers and suppliers, which in turn helps to protect and support small businesses, rural communities and the environment. You may remember River Cottage from its humble beginning in 1999, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Food Served: hours may first brought his hands-on, ethical vary, please call for details food ethos to our TV screens. Since then the River Cottage books, series and Hugh’s hard-hitting campaigns have helped change the eating habits of the nation and attitudes to animal welfare. 8

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The Clifton Sausage

British

 Location 7-9 Portland Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JA t: 0844 502 5481 w: www.cliftonsausage.co.uk e: info@cliftonsausage.co.uk

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At The Clifton Sausage, the aim is to show that when British food is done well, it can compete with the best food in the world for taste and satisfaction. The restaurant is situated in the heart of beautiful Clifton Village and is just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.

£18 to

£30

‘...offers comfort and a touch of class...’ This family-owned independent business offers comfort and a touch of class, exemplified by the decor as well as the food and service. The Clifton Sausage is a child-friendly family restaurant with baby-changing facilities, highchairs and a children’s menu. The lovely team even allows well-behaved dogs in the restaurant, so you can bring your four-legged friends along with you. Of the many varieties of sausages on offer, at least six (including the homemade vegetarian option) usually appear on the menu at one time. They are all served with either mash or champ (mash with chopped spring onion) and onion gravy. Flavours include classic Gloucester Old Spot pork, lamb with mint and apricot, beef and Butcombe ale, and at Christmas time, reindeer and cranberry sausages make a special appearance. Sausage tasting plates and toad in the hole also feature on the enticing menu.

‘...classic British dishes that are sure to tempt even the most discerning of visitors...’ As well as delicious sausages, the restaurant also offers a range of classic British dishes that are sure to tempt even the most discerning of visitors, such as roast rump of Wiltshire lamb, fresh Cornish seafood and a fantastic sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The Sunday roast menu at The Clifton Sausage is just plain scrumptious, with mouth-watering Wiltshire roast beef and Old Spot pork belly served with roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. The full menu of tasty sausages is also available on Sundays. After a stroll around the village, perusing the boutique shops and taking in stunning views, why not pop into The Clifton Sausage for a drink and a delicious meal?

Open: Mon-Sun noon-midnight Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-4pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat 10am-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun 10am-4pm, 6pm-9pm

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Gloucester Road Ale House  Location 99 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AT t: 0844 502 9848 w: www.wickwarbrewing.co.uk e: grah@wickwarbrewing.co.uk

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As soon as we arrived outside Gloucester Road Ale House we were enamoured by the Tudor-style exterior making this historic venue stand out on bustling Gloucester Road. The downstairs pub area was buzzing, with after-work drinkers enjoying the amazing local ales on offer behind the bar. We were greeted by the friendly staff who helpfully guided us through the Wickwar ales available, as well as the wine list and large gin selection. This personal service carried on throughout our visit.

£20 to

£25

The upstairs dining area was spacious yet felt intimate thanks to the soft lighting and cosy atmosphere. My guest and I sat by the window where we Open: Mon-Thurs 4pm-11pm; perused the menu and admired the mix of quirky and traditional decor. The Fri & Sat noon-midnight; main menu changes daily and offers a selection of delicious options. Wherever Sun noon-11pm possible, the produce has been sourced from local suppliers on Gloucester Road. To start we shared the fresh and juicy squid, and beetroot and halloumi salad with toasted pine nuts; the halloumi was crisp and perfectly seasoned. Our mains were equally impressive; my partner’s tender pork ribs came coated in flavoursome five-spice and accompanied by refreshing Asian-style coleslaw. My jerk chicken was also delicious, packed with flavour and served with heavenly avocado salsa. Next time we visit we’ll definitely try the mouth-watering burgers, followed by one of the delectable desserts. British

King Street Brew House  Location Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4RR t: 0844 502 5507 w: www.kingstreetbrewhouse.co.uk e: info@kingstreetbrewhouse.co.uk

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The King Street Brew House is an urban-style pub sitting in a prime spot on Welsh Back. It boasts its own microbrewery where the venue’s cask and keg beers, including White Trash Putin Free and Summit or Nuffin, are brewed. This range is complemented by an ever-changing array of guest craft brews hailing from the local area, throughout the UK and across the pond in America.

£18 to

£23

The brewery spans two floors, and is visible thanks to the glass walls. It is operated by head brewer Simon, whose imagination and brewing skills fuel the new varieties available at King Street Brew House. In addition to allowing visitors to watch the brewing process, guest can book onto tours and sample the brewery’s wares. On the street level, visitors are invited to gather with colleagues, friends and family, and enjoy the warm and welcoming ambience. While sipping your way through the excellent range of tipples, why not choose one of the enormous pizzas to share, or even brave it on your own? If you’re looking for something heartier, the mains are sure to impress. The selection changes regularly, in keeping with the season’s offering. Sunday sees an excellent-value roast take centre stage, followed by the weekly pub quiz. The King Street Brew House’s function room, The Tank Room, can be found on the venue’s lower ground floor and is a great place to hold a social event or watch live sports. Open: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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The Duck & Willow

British

 Location 64 Downend Road, Downend, Bristol, BS16 5UE t: 0844 502 9521 w: www.theduckandwillowbristol.co.uk e: hello@theduckandwillowbristol.co.uk

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The Duck & Willow is a contemporary British pub full of charm. The modern yet inviting indoor dining area and gorgeous garden – complete with decking, fairy lights and ample seating – make this pub the place to be come rain or shine.

£22 to

This picturesque pub has proved a hit with both locals and visitors alike, so much so that it has recently been recognised as one of the top three pubs in the country for food at the Enterprise Inn awards for excellence. Whilst the menus change to highlight the finest local and seasonal produce, diners will always be treated to a stunning array of outstanding dishes. If you’re stopping by for lunch, why not sample one of the delicious pizzas? The spiced red onion and goat’s cheese pizza drizzled with chilli honey is absolutely divine. Also available are a selection of doorstep granary sandwiches, all of which are served with skinny fries and coleslaw.

£34

‘...full of charm...’ The Duck & Willow is also the perfect spot for a special evening meal. Why not start with the flavoursome duck liver parfait with homemade tomato and mustard seed chutney? For the main course, unctuous butternut squash risotto with Blacksticks Blue cheese and crispy sage is bursting with autumnal flavours. For a real treat opt for the roasted fillet of salmon accompanied by a tomato and caper croquette, wilted spinach and sauce vierge. The Duck & Willow also serves superb steaks, which are sourced from Ruby Red cattle by local butchers Ruby and White to ensure each prime cut is of exceptional quality. Your choice of rump, rib-eye or sirloin cooked to your liking comes served with chunky chips, slow-cooked tomato and peppery watercress. Desserts such as roasted chocolate with raspberry sorbet and pistachio, and peach posset with toasted almonds and Champagne sorbet, are perfect for those with a sweet-tooth. On Friday and Saturday morning stop by for a delicious breakfast and tuck into the likes of a full English breakfast or eggs Royale. Sunday lunch is reserved for a proper roast. Options include succulent roast chicken with sage and onion sausage stuffing, and slow-roasted glazed gammon, accompanied by roast potatoes, cauliflower purée, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 9am-11.30am, noon-3pm, 8pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-5pm, 6pm-8pm

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The Poacher  Location 106 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6AJ t: 0844 502 1672 w: www.thepoacherportishead.co.uk

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On a crisp, autumnal evening I was invited to The Poacher in Portishead. This traditional pub has owner Gary Berwick at its helm, a fun-loving host who puts guests at ease with his easy-going nature. Gary and co-owner Sian Powell bought £21 to the derelict property in October 2018, and together they’ve turned it in to a £31 thriving venue. Using his expertise as a builder, Gary created a comfortable interior that features mismatched wooden furniture, atmospheric lighting and local artwork, while Sian brings years of experience as a landlady to this popular establishment. A team of three expert chefs have created a menu that sees traditional pub favourites meet modern flavours. While enjoying a glass of merlot, my dining partner and I opted to start with the game terrine and the crispy crab bon bons – the perfect preamble to a seafood main course. Sticking with tradition, my Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; partner ordered the salmon, prawn and leek fish pie, while I enjoyed a unique Sun 10am-10.30pm creation packed with flavour – Food Served: Mon-Sat monkfish wrapped in nori with 10am-9pm; Sun noon-3pm cockle and clam chowder. The umami flavours of nori and cockles perfectly offset the creamy chowder and meaty monkfish. The vegetable pesto linguine and guinea fowl dishes that passed us on the way to other tables looked equally delicious. To finish we shared sticky toffee pudding before heading off into the evening. With a huge selection of gin, guest ale and local cheese on offer, we’ll be sure to return when we’re next in the area. British

The Travellers Rest  Location Pensford Hill, Pensford, Nr. Bristol, BS39 4JF t: 0844 502 9763 w: www.travellersrest-pensford.co.uk e: info@travellersrest-pensford.co.uk

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Located just seven miles south of Bristol city centre, The Travellers Rest is a traditional British pub with a focus on delicious pub food and a casual, friendly atmosphere. It’s not your typical watering hole and doesn’t get too loud, which only adds to the pub’s cosy charm and relaxed dining experience. A large conservatory overlooks the Chew Valley and affords diners stunning views. Alongside a great range of real ale, lager and cider on draught, beer-lovers will enjoy the Czech-style Staropramen and Prague-inspired Pilsner, Pravha.

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‘...you’re sure to be enthralled...’ When it comes to the food offering, The Travellers Rest exceeds expectations. Look forward to updated classics, popular pub favourites and delightful daily specials. The chef understands what customers want, and is happy to discuss substitutions for special dietary requirements. Perhaps you’ll start with Food Served: creamy garlic mushrooms, followed Mon-Sat noon-9pm; by locally sourced rib-eye steak Sun noon-8pm or one of the homemade burgers. For dessert, it doesn’t get much better than homemade classic sticky toffee pudding. Whether you visit for a lazy lunch on the weekend, an after-work pint or a three-course meal for a special occasion, you’re sure to be enthralled by The Travellers Rest’s laid-back charm. Check out The Travellers Rest on Facebook for more information. 12

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The Gloucester Old Spot

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 Location 138-140 Kellaway Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS6 7YQ t: 0844 502 9844 w: www.theoldspotbristol.co.uk e: hello@theoldspotbristol.co.uk

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The Gloucester Old Spot is an established favourite on Bristol’s dining scene that’s popular with couples, families and groups of friends alike. Situated in Horfield, within easy reach of bustling Gloucester Road, the independent pub sparks joy with a cosy and quirky interior, a colourful and spacious beer garden and an exquisite food and drink offering that covers all bases.

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We visited on a warm, sunny day and were delighted to find the expansive windows at the back folded away to allow the breeze and friendly chatter of al fresco diners to contribute to the relaxed atmosphere. We sipped large glasses of the refreshing house white and ordered a few nibbles to start. Fresh bread with confit garlic butter whet our appetite perfectly, as did the pork crackling with homemade apple and cider sauce. For my main course, I plumped for the summery spanakopita – Greek-style pastry filled with warm Food Served: feta, goat’s cheese and spinach Mon-Sat 9am-11.30am, – served with a beautifully fresh noon-9pm; Sun noon-8pm salad of candy beetroot, asparagus, peas and rocket dressed with pomegranate molasses and fresh mint. My partner’s lamb and chorizo burger was packed with flavour. To round things off, we sampled the light and zesty blood orange sorbet. We felt so at home at The Gloucester Old Spot that we could have whiled away the entire night, but we decided to wander home while it was still light and vowed to return soon.

Punchbowl Alehouse & Kitchen

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 Location 23 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0HB t: 0844 502 9760 w: www.punchbowlbristol.com e: pbah@wickwarbrewing.co.uk

TQ Located in the heart of Old Market – Bristol’s bohemian shopping quarter – Punchbowl has gone from strength to strength since re-opening its doors in 2017. Offering much more than traditional pub grub, the team here caters perfectly to £20 Bristol’s burgeoning foodie scene with delicious locally sourced and homemade fare. to £25 As can be expected from the folks at Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co., the drinks list is a veritable treat for ale-lovers. Our wonderful host pointed us in the direction of BOB – Wickwar’s award-winning classic amber ale. We took our seats in the open-plan dining area and perused the seasonally changing menu. There’s a variety of dishes on offer, from local meat and poultry to fresh seafood, with numerous vegetarian delights to boot. I opted for the 6oz rump steak – which arrived perfectly cooked – drizzled with luscious red wine jus and served alongside triple-cooked chips and a zesty watercress salad. My partner opted for Food Served: Mon-Thurs a melt-in-the-mouth spring lamb shank, braised in tomato and red wine sauce, noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm; and paired with duck fat and Fri & Sat noon-9pm; rosemary roast potatoes. We didn’t Sun noon-5pm want to miss out so plumped for a side of buttermilk onion rings, which were beautifully crisp. To finish, scoops of refreshing blood orange sorbet proved the ideal end to a wonderful meal. Not wanting it to end, we made our way through the gin selection while playing board games. The Punchbowl has a truly warm community feel, making it the perfect home-from-home dining destination. Bristol Guide 2019

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Harbourside

Bristol’s Harbourside is the bustling heart of the city. The warehouses and workshops that lined the historic docks have largely been converted into cultural hotspots – a tour around the city isn’t complete without examining the Arnolfini’s art and the exhibits at M Shed, a museum dedicated to Bristol’s heritage. There’s plenty for history aficionados to enjoy, from Brunel’s SS Great Britain to the replica of the Matthew, a Tudor ship that sailed to North America in 1497. All around the Harbourside, culture and commerce rub shoulders, resulting in a lively city centre with something for everyone. Every summer sees the harbour fill with boats, including Royal Navy vessels and tall ships, for the annual Harbour Festival, and Lloyds Amphitheatre is now home to a series of gigs throughout the summer months. In recent years the area has benefitted from the development of new apartment buildings and the rejuvenation of residential areas. Wapping Wharf has become a thriving neighbourhood, with CARGO, a hub of independent retailers – including some foodie favourites – right at its heart. When it comes to food, Harbourside has something for every palate and pocket, so you’ll find something to tempt whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or a street food-style feast.

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Welsh Back This cobbled hotspot is home to everything from hotel restaurants to The Apple, our favourite cider boat. Backing onto King Street and Queen Square, Welsh Back is a firm favourite at weekends.

Hotwells & Cumberland Basin Pootle along on a Bristol Ferry Boat for splendid views of the city’s colourful houses, the SS Great Britain and some of the best pubs and restaurants in town. An hour on a rented SUP should build up your appetite…

Floating Harbour On sunny days the Floating Harbour is arguably the most popular place in Bristol, with people lining the banks to enjoy the weather. Some of the city’s most iconic spots can be found here, including the cranes that stand proudly outside M Shed, and the Arnolfini.

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Broken Dock Intimate harbourside dining with atmospheric lighting, outstanding fare and a top-quality roast served on Sundays.

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Glassboat Fine modern European food served on what is arguably Bristol’s most stylish floating restaurant. Pg 4 Bristol Guide 2019

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The Curious Kitchen at The Aztec Hotel & Spa  Location 110 Aztec West, Almondsbury, BS32 4TS t: 0844 625 6254 w: www.aztechotelbristol.co.uk e: reception@aztechotelbristol.co.uk

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Located in the South Gloucestershire village of Almondsbury, Aztec Hotel & Spa lies in the heart of the West Country – perfect for those exploring the nearby city of Bristol, or for families stopping over on their way to Devon or Cornwall.

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The crowning glory of this exceptional establishment is its restaurant. Having recently introduced a new menu, The Curious Kitchen was awarded a second AA rosette. Head chef Marcus Payne’s new dishes have been highly praised for their well-balanced flavours, celebration of high-quality local produce and focus on traditional cooking methods. Colourful paintings from a talented local artist decorate the walls of the dining room, which also features plenty of comfy seating and opens out to a lovely garden terrace. For those who enjoy a weekend lie-in, the hotel’s Saturday brunch is a must. Guests with a sweet-tooth will love the mouth-watering homemade crumpet, which comes topped with ricotta, blueberries, lemon, honey and thyme. If you prefer something savoury, choose the charred squash with tomato and chilli relish, or opt for the toasted brioche bun with charred bacon and a crispy fried duck egg. You can even add a glass of Prosecco for special celebrations.

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With its cosy atmosphere and modern interior, the restaurant is the perfect location for lunch and dinner too. Couples looking for a peaceful, romantic evening will be accommodated in the restaurant, while larger parties can book a private room. Popular mains here include wild mushroom risotto with chives and lemon, and tiger prawn linguine with roasted shallots, chilli and garlic. Grilled dishes range from succulent rib-eye steak to tender, marinated chicken breast. In addition to all this, The Curious Kitchen serves a range of delectable afternoon teas. From the classic cream tea and the celebration tea to the delightful children’s tea and gentleman’s tea, there’s something for everyone. Make the most of your visit and stay the night; choose from a family double room, a junior suite for couples or solo travellers, or a premier suite for a taste of luxury. Guests can also make use of the Aztec’s outstanding spa facilities, including the hotel gym, sauna, steam room, swimming pool and hot tub.


Papa’s

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 Location 20 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LN t: 0844 625 6223 w: www.papasukltd.com

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 Location 38 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5SP t: 0844 502 1689 w: www.catch22.restaurant

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The Lion  Location 19 Church Lane, Bristol, BS8 4TX t: 0844 502 2365 w: www.thelioncliftonwood.co.uk

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You’ll find this quaint little pub tucked away in quiet Cliftonwood, just a short stroll off the beaten track. This family-friendly pub has garnered a mass following of locals and always proves popular with tourists due to its welcoming atmosphere, friendly service and exceptional food. The Lion has proved so popular that it has been named as one of the top ten best restaurants in Bristol by Culture Trip. In the cooler months, you’re invited to snuggle up by the cosy fires with a glass of fine wine or pint of ale, whilst the bijou garden is the place to be in the summer.

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The menu changes with the seasons, and every dish is made from scratch to ensure your meal is of the highest quality. Food is served on Wednesday through to Sunday. If you’re stopping by for a lazy lunch with friends, try a Open: Mon & Tues selection of nibbles. You must order the homemade chorizo and sausage Scotch 4.30pm-11.30pm; egg – it’s an absolute delight. If you’re looking for something more substantial, Weds-Fri 3.30pm-midnight; opt for the mouth-watering salmon Sat noon-midnight; fishcakes, or the hearty selection of Sun noon-10.30pm pies. Also on offer are a fantastic range of homemade half-pound beefburgers as well as a selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan alternatives, all of which come served in a homemade bun. A Sunday visit wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the chef’s special roast. The likes of rare Welsh Black beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork are accompanied by Dauphinoise and roast potatoes and homemade gravy.

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The Litton

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 Location Litton, Nr. Wells, BA3 4PW t: 0844 502 1833 w: www.thelitton.co.uk e: contact@thelitton.co.uk

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The Litton is an award-winning country pub in the beautiful countryside of Somerset. Also boasting a fabulous boutique hotel, The Litton has everything you need for an idyllic stay in glorious surrounds. Whether you’re staying overnight or are just calling in for a perfectly poured pint, there’s a cosy corner at The Litton to suit your needs.

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‘...fabulous boutique hotel...’ This pub really does have it all; at the front you’ll find The Courtyard – an oasis on sunny days – or perhaps you’ll want to curl up under a blanket by the fire pit on the Riverside Terrace? The Whiskey Bar is the oldest part of the pub, dating back to the 1420s. Here you can enjoy the weekly acoustic music night while you sample from the 50 whiskies on offer – it’s certainly achieved its aim of being a home from home. The food menu is inspired by the seasons and the local, sustainable produce available to the kitchen team. That means it changes regularly, giving you even more reason to return time and again. The food offering is modern British in style, and there are daily specials to really showcase the team’s creativity. You might find starters like Orkney scallops served with fresh apple, cucumber and shallot salad, or a fishcake Scotch egg served with curried creamed cabbage, leeks and spinach. Depending on the season, you might choose a main course of pan-roasted sea bass fillet with crushed Jersey Royals and mussel bouillabaisse, or perhaps an assiette of lamb featuring loin chop, belly fritter and kofta. Each dish is beautifully presented, and the freshness of the flavours really shines through. The talent in the kitchen is undeniable.

‘...a home from home...’ If you call in at lunchtime you can look forward to the likes of a malted wheat baguette filled with roast beef, caramelised onions and horseradish. There’s something for every appetite and palate at The Litton – there’s even a vegan menu and a special offering for children, so nobody has to miss out. The Litton is the sort of pub you dream of having as your local.

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Gastropub

The Old House at Home  Location Burton, Nr. Castle Combe, SN14 7LT t: 0844 502 9387 w: www.ohhpubs.co.uk e: theoldhouseathome@ohhcompany.co.uk

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Set in idyllic Somerset surrounds, The Old House at Home is a traditional ivy-clad pub with six luxury guest rooms that have been awarded five AA stars. The aptly named pub’s interior is as cosy as can be, with a roaring fire, exposed stonework, warm lighting and tasteful decor. Expect delicious food, fine wine, carefully selected beer and guest ales and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to dine.

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‘...chefs go to great lengths to source the best quality seasonal produce...’ The food at The Old House at Home is second to none and your meals are given the utmost care and attention. The chefs go to great lengths to source the best quality seasonal produce that the local area has to offer. Delicious fish and seafood dishes are created with produce that’s delivered daily from Looe in Cornwall, and most of the tender steaks come from local specialist butchers. With such fantastic produce available, it’s no surprise that the menu showcases a wide range of enticing dishes. Start with a classic such as prawn cocktail with crostini, or the homemade soup of the day served with handmade bread, both of which can be served gluten-free upon request. For the main event, choose from seasonal classics like woodland duck breast, Dauphinoise potatoes, chipolata, and purple sprouting broccoli, or perhaps the slow-roasted pork belly with parsley mash, spring greens and caramelised apple. Vegetarians can choose the button and chestnut mushroom Stroganoff with baked squash, rice and rocket, and the fresh tagliatelle with artichokes, red onion, and tomatoes with rocket and Parmesan. Open: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Sat & Sun 8.30am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs 8am-9.30pm; Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 8.30am-10pm; Sun 8.30am-9.30pm

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In-house sommelier Matt Warburton has put a lovely wine list together, ensuring that you can find the perfect tipple to accompany your meal. If you need any advice, the friendly team is always on-hand to help you decide. If you’re just stopping by for drinks with friends, why not share a couple of appetisers? Alternatively, call in on a Sunday and tuck into a delicious Sunday lunch – you can bring your pup along too.


The Bear & Swan

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 Location 13 South Parade, Chew Magna, BS40 8PR t: 0844 502 9313 w: www.ohhpubs.co.uk e: thebearandswan@ohhcompany.co.uk

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Just minutes from Bristol, The Bear & Swan is a welcoming 18th-century pub with four boutique rooms and abundant character. This traditional country retreat is perfect for those en-route to Bristol Airport, as well as those visiting the area on business or enjoying a relaxed break to explore Bristol, Bath and the surrounding countryside.

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The restaurant is popular among walkers, families, couples, visitors and locals alike, and boasts an extensive à la carte offering alongside lunch and bar menus. All ingredients at The Bear & Swan are sourced locally where possible, guaranteeing that every dish is of a consistently high standard and tastes as fresh as can be. Visit for a hearty English breakfast, a light lunch or a generous evening meal; whenever you pop in you can expect the same friendly hospitality and laid-back ambience. The main menu includes appetisers such as deep-fried Cajun squid with rocket and aioli, and hoisin pork belly accompanied by peanuts, spring onion and hoisin dipping sauce. Sumptuous starters include pan-fried scallops with black pudding and cauliflower purée, and a delicious salad of beetroot, goat’s curd, caramelised walnuts and fig. The pan-fried duck breast, accompanied by a potato and mozzarella croquette, spring greens, baby carrots and raspberry jus is a perfectly balanced main, and the lamb rump with roasted rosemary new potatoes, Mediterranean vegetables, pesto and rocket is also hard to resist. Fresh seafood dishes include lemon- and herb-crusted salmon fillet, which is enhanced by tomato, red onion, garlic, parsley and a hint of chilli. For vegetarians, we recommend the wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil, Parmesan and rocket, which is absolutely divine. To enhance your dining experience, choose from a great range of cider, lager and beer or peruse the extensive and carefully selected wine list for the perfect pairing. For special occasions, Prosecco is served by the glass or the bottle, and Champagne is available too. Friendly staff, fantastic food and a warm, cosy interior are just some of the reasons to visit The Bear & Swan. Visit the website for up-to-date offers or to make your reservation.

Food Served: Mon-Thurs 8am-9.30pm; Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 8.30pm-10pm; Sun 8.30am-9pm

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Gastropub

The Rising Sun  Location 91 West Town Road, Backwell, BS48 3BH t: 0844 502 9373 w: www.ohhpubs.co.uk e: therisingsun@ohhcompany.co.uk

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The historic village of Backwell provides a relaxed backdrop to this charming country pub. Just a short drive from the seaside at Weston-super-Mare and the bustling city of Bristol, The Rising Sun is surrounded by the beautiful North Somerset countryside and is perfectly located for those wishing to explore the area. It’s also conveniently close to Bristol Airport, making a visit to The Rising Sun a perfect way to break up a long journey.

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This family-friendly pub has a large garden with a children’s play area to keep little ones occupied. If the weather’s pleasant, relax with a drink and take advantage of the outside seating, or why not enjoy your lunch al fresco? Inside, the pub has retained much of its traditional British character, but has been refurbished to a lovely modern standard. A light and airy interior in the daytime becomes an intimate and cosy ambience in the evening, but the same warm and friendly welcome is to be expected whenever you visit.

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Equally consistent is The Rising Sun’s offering of delicious meals, created from the highest-quality locally sourced produce. From traditional English breakfasts and light lunches to hearty evening meals, the quality of the food here is second to none. Share appetisers like marinated mixed olives with homemade bread, aged balsamic and rapeseed oil – best enjoyed with a cold drink over a catch up with friends – or select something more substantial. Mouth-watering starters such as pan-fried scallops with lemon and basil risotto, pea shoots and Parmesan tuile can be followed by something tasty from the choice of hearty pub classics, steaks, seafood and flavoursome vegetarian dishes. For something a little different, try the pork belly, duck and Toulouse sausage cassoulet, topped with breadcrumbs, or the pan-fried calf’s liver accompanied by Dauphinoise potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, spinach, bacon and red wine sauce. For great-value British fare and the relaxed surrounds of a wholesome family pub, look no further than The Rising Sun in Backwell. Those wishing to stop overnight will be delighted to know that the pub also offers five-AA-star bed and breakfast accommodation, perfect for some well-deserved time away.


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The Centre

With a rich and eventful history that can be traced as far back as the 11th century, Bristol boasts a city centre with countless landmarks. From the boutiques and cafés that line Park Street to the high street shops and leisure activities that can be found in Cabot Circus and on bustling Broadmead, there’s plenty to occupy a day out. As shoppers flock to the centre, theatre-goers make their way to the historic Hippodrome, Colston Hall and Old Vic to enjoy shows and music. Where culture, history and leisure can be found, there’s always need for a spot of respite and refreshment, and there’s no shortage of places to drink, dine and relax in central Bristol. From the olde-worlde pubs and inventive microbreweries of King Street to the luxurious hotels and top-tier dining establishments that line Broad Quay, there’s something for everyone. Warm your cockles in a candlelit pub in winter, or tuck in to street food from St Nicholas Market. Whatever cuisine you prefer, your new favourite venues are all waiting to be discovered.

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Dhamaka Try the eclectic flavours of regional Indian street food in a modern setting.

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Italian

Giuseppe’s  Location 59 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QZ t: 0844 502 5472 w: www.giuseppesitalianrestaurant.co.uk e: info@giuseppesitalianrestaurant.co.uk

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For the last 65 years, Giuseppe’s has served outstanding Italian food in the centre of Bristol. With its romantic lighting, wood panelling, white tablecloths and regal, burgundy decor, this family-run restaurant is as warm and welcoming £15 to as it is authentically Italian. £25 To start, I couldn’t resist the juicy pan-fried scallops, which were cooked to perfection in velvety white wine sauce and accompanied by mushrooms and a touch of chilli. We also sampled the classic bruschetta pomodoro: toasted homemade bread topped with freshly chopped tomatoes marinated in olive oil, garlic and basil. To follow, I was recommended the delicious seafood special – buttery fillets of monkfish cooked in white wine and garlic, with sweet cherry tomatoes and courgettes. My companion ordered the pollo principessa from the extensive à la carte menu – pan-fried breast of chicken cooked in creamy Open: Mon-Thurs sauce and topped with fresh asparagus. All of this was perfectly complemented noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; by crisp house white wine. When Fri & Sat noon-11pm (open offered dessert, we were excited to on Sunday for private parties) try the homemade tiramisu, which was beautifully presented and tasted divine; in one word, bellissimo. With a lively, family-friendly atmosphere and unwavering Italian hospitality, you’re guaranteed an exceptional meal at Giuseppe’s. Hosted by sharply dressed father and son Giuseppe and Alex, and their incredibly hard-working team, we had a truly memorable evening. Italian

Al Fresco  Location 64 Main Road, Cleeve, Nr. Bristol, BS49 4PF t: 0844 625 3381  Location 124 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3RJ t: 0844 625 3382 w: www.alfrescocleeve.co.uk www.alfrescowestburyontrym.co.uk

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Bristol and the surrounding area are lucky enough to boast not just one but two Al Fresco restaurants, both of which serve excellent Italian dishes to a host of regulars and visitors alike. The restaurants are known for authentic flavours and honest cooking that pays homage to traditional Italian cuisine.

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The team invites family and friends to sit together around the table and enjoy fantastic food in true Italian style. Al Fresco in Cleeve features contemporary interiors, with rich wood furnishings and soothing colour palettes, while the Westbury-on-Trym branch enjoys relaxing silver hues, creating a light, swish space for relaxed drinking and dining. Like the name suggests, guests can dine al fresco in the courtyard patio when the sun shines in Cleeve.

Part of Al Fresco’s success is thanks to its extensive menu, which lists a plethora of Italian favourites cooked with love and served by friendly staff. The chefs use traditional recipes and incorporate as much fresh and authentic Italian produce as possible. The menu features everything from antipasti, pizza and grills to pasta, risotto and salads; there’s something for everyone. The portions are hearty and rich but you’ll want to leave room for pud. There’s a children’s menu, allowing the whole tribe to dine with ease, and both restaurants also open for lunch from noon until 3pm. Whatever the occasion, you’re sure to enjoy your visit. 24

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The Italian Kitchen

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 Location 47 High Street, Hanham, Bristol, BS15 3DQ t: 0844 502 1831  Location Alveston House Hotel, Davids Lane, Alveston, Nr. Thornbury, BS35 2LA t: 0844 502 2380 w: www.theitaliankitchen-hanham.com The Italian Kitchen has gained a well-deserved reputation for serving some of the finest Italian cuisine in the area. The team is passionate about bringing authentic Italian cooking to this little corner of the South West, and now has two sites: one in Hanham, and one within the Alveston House Hotel, just outside Thornbury. Both sites showcase the best pasta imported direct from Italy, and use only the finest ingredients in their delectable dishes.

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We recommend starting your visit with a cocktail – the Espresso Martini is a particular favourite – while you share a selection of meat or seafood antipasti. Perhaps you’ll be tempted by the calamari, or the crispy pancetta, basil and mozzarella arancini, which is an understandably popular starter. The broad menu at The Italian Kitchen has something for everyone, but stays true to Italian tradition, with a range of pasta dishes to be followed by a meat or fish course. Perhaps you’ll plump for the linguine cooked in a sauce of vodka, cream and garlic with a generous salmon fillet? It’s a difficult dish to resist, with each component perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Fans of the classics are well catered for, too, with the likes of spaghetti Bolognese, carbonara and a delicious vegetarian lasagne packed full of roasted vegetables. Meat-lovers will delight in the pollo porcini, featuring chicken cooked with porcini mushrooms in a white wine and cream sauce, and, of course, the steaks. For a real treat, plump for the fillet steak with blue cheese sauce – you can’t beat it. You could also choose to keep things simple by ordering one of the expertly prepared pizzas; with 14 to choose from, you’re sure to discover a new favourite. The menu boasts everything from risotto to lamb shank, and the quality of each dish is superb. Whether you’re hosting a celebratory family dinner, an important business lunch or a private party, The Italian Kitchen has your needs covered. This charmingly authentic restaurant is the sort of place that you plan to return to before you’ve even left – no wonder it boasts such a legion of regulars.

Hanham Open: Mon-Thurs noon-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-8pm Alveston Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm; Sun noon-5pm

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Toff’s Pasta  Location please check Instagram for details of current location t: 0844 502 2142 w: www.toffspasta.co.uk e: info@toffspasta.co.uk

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A relative newcomer to the street food world, Toff’s Pasta has taken the Bristol foodie scene by storm since it first started dishing up its incredible pasta dishes at street food markets around the city. The owners have a clear passion for serving the best pasta this side of Italy, and care and attention to detail is put into every part of the service – from the mouth-watering homemade dishes to the sustainably sourced containers they’re served in. The team even spent months searching for the perfect compostable fork for swivelling fettuccine. All this effort is not wasted, as Toff’s receives rave reviews from all who visit.

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Made using the finest ingredients and following authentic recipes, you’re guaranteed to be impressed by the fare on offer. Popular dishes include the pistachio penne with pancetta crumb; rich beef ragu slow cooked in Chianti for seven hours; vibrant sundried tomato pasta and many more seasonal Food Served: please check favourites. The team has also online for details created a sumptuous vegan dish so nobody needs to miss out on this top-notch pasta. This beautiful dish comprises black truffle and wild mushrooms topped with fresh sage, thyme and crushed walnuts. Street food doesn’t get better than this. Toff’s can also cater for private events, from dinner parties to weddings and festivals. Check our their Instagram @toffs_pasta for more information. *Price range represents the cost of a pasta dish. Pizzeria

A cappella  Location 184c Wells Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 2AL t: 0844 502 5468 w: www.acappellas.co.uk e: info@acappellas.co.uk

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Having already been named TripAdvisor’s top pick of the ten best-rated independent pizzerias in the UK, A cappella was also hailed by The Guardian as Bristol’s Best Budget Italian in 2011 and was voted Bristol’s Best Café 2012 at the Bristol Good Food Awards.

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Open: Tues-Thurs 8am-10pm; Fri & Sat 8am-10.30pm

A cappella has been widely regarded as the city’s best pizzeria for a while and, unsurprisingly, is exceedingly popular among both locals and visitors. It’s situated on Wells Road between South Bristol’s creative communities of Totterdown and Knowle. Owned and run by husband-and-wife team Paul and Jennifer, this charming Continental-style café offers locally roasted coffee, delicious homemade cakes and generous breakfasts and lunches – all prepared on the premises and cooked fresh to order.

From 5pm onwards, A cappella transforms into an informal candlelit restaurant. The attentive and friendly staff will ignite your love for handmade gourmet pizza and tempting Mediterranean tapas. Coffees, desserts and Marshfield Farm ice cream are served until late and they operate a bring your own alcohol policy – just pop to the shop next door for a bottle. Children are always welcome and, in the warmer months, you can dine al fresco. A cappella fills up very quickly, so booking is essential. Fancy a night in? Simply place your order by phone and either go and collect your food, or take advantage of the local delivery service. 26

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Pizzarova

Pizzeria

 w: www.pizzarova.com e: info@pizzarova.com Holding residence in three of Bristol’s bustling foodie havens – Gloucester Road, Park Street and Wapping Wharf – you’ll find Pizzarova. It’s safe to say Pizzarova holds a sterling reputation as one of Bristol’s best pizza restaurants. You can enjoy your pizza of choice in the comfort of the restaurant or take it away to devour, perhaps in the sunshine accompanied by one of their delightful craft beers. While all three restaurants boast a similar laid-back vibe, each restaurant maintains its own distinct identity. You’ll find a sleek, modern and minimal theme with a few pops of colour, neon signs and a plant or two – the simple interior lets the food speak for itself. All the homemade pizzas have a sourdough base, which is made from a 72-year-old sourdough starter and is thin, beautifully crisp and perfectly cooked. The approach at Pizzarova is simple: guests can plump for The Lady – Pizzarova’s delicious take on the Margherita – the Ours pizza, which sees a different seasonal special available each month, or choose their own toppings from a wide selection of ingredients. Whatever toppings you choose, you’re sure to be impressed by the mouth-watering pizza whipped up by the talented team. We’d also highly recommend ordering a few pots of the delicious homemade dips. The garlic mayo packs a serious punch, while the chilli jam is equally delicious – perfect for dipping your crusts in. Successfully catering to all tastes and dietary requirements, Pizzarova serves some of the finest vegan and gluten-free pizzas Bristol has to offer. If you’ve got the little ones in tow, there’s no need to worry – Pizzarova is extremely family-friendly and offers child-sized pizzas and plenty to keep little ones entertained. No matter which site you find yourself in, Pizzarova will satisfy your craving. In November 2019, the Pizzarova team will take their winning formula to the new Whistle Punks urban axe throwing venue in central Bristol. The residency will allow pizza-lovers to enjoy a post-axe-throwing bite at this exciting new venture. *Price range represents the cost of a pizza, side and a drink.

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 Location Museum Street, Bristol, BS1 6ZA t: 0844 625 6272 Open: hours vary seasonally, please see website for details  Location 2 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5HS t: 0844 625 6267 Open: Sun-Weds noon-9pm; Thurs-Sat noon-10pm  Location 289 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8NY t: 0844 625 6270 Open: Tues & Weds noon-9pm; Thurs-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm

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Three Brothers Burgers  Location Aboard Spyglass, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB t: 0844 502 2360 w: www.threebrothersburgers.co.uk e: info@threebrothersburgers.co.uk Located on Welsh Back, overlooking the pretty cobbled street and the Floating Harbour, Three Brothers Burgers is the perfect spot in which to enjoy a quality burger in the heart of central Bristol. Sat in the outside terrace, which is adorned with colourful festoon lights, my companion and I soaked up the atmosphere of this popular and thriving restaurant. For my main course, I chose the Smokey Bro burger, a hearty beefburger topped with smoked Applewood cheese, bacon and crispy onions. The burger was loaded with toppings and oozed flavour, and the patty itself was cooked to perfection. My companion enjoyed the vegetarian version of the Le Frenchie burger, which saw a flavoursome vegetarian patty topped with wedges of Brie, sweet caramelised onions and rich garlic mayonnaise. This was a delicious meat-free alternative – just one example of the many ways in which Three Brothers accommodates dietary requirements. To accompany the delectable burgers, we opted for crisp fries doused in lashings of thick gravy and topped with cheese; we were impressed by the range of sides on offer.

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To accompany the food, there’s a wide range of drinks, including spirits, wine and local craft ale. However, we had heard great things about the milkshakes on offer, so I opted for a delicious strawberry milkshake presented in a tall glass and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a fresh strawberry. My companion opted for the thick peanut butter milkshake – an equally mouth-watering concoction that provided the perfect sweet after-dinner treat.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri 11.45am-11pm; Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-8pm

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With a sheltered outdoor seating area adjoining the main dining space, this restaurant is a great place to enjoy quality food and unwind with a drink on a summer’s evening. In winter, the spacious main seating area includes a roaring log fire to warm yourself by. My companion and I loved our visit to Three Brothers Burgers, and found the staff to be warm, welcoming and attentive throughout. No matter the occasion, this is the perfect place in which to enjoy a hearty burger and a refreshing drink. The chefs’ expertise is plain to see, reflected in Three Brothers’ offering of simple fare at its very best. *Price represents the cost of a burger, side and a drink.


The Cowshed

Steakhouse

 Location 44-46 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH t: 0844 502 5476 w: www.cowshedrestaurants.com e: info@cowshedrestaurants.com

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Located in a prime position on Clifton’s Whiteladies Road, The Cowshed serves delicious, honest food in an inviting contemporary setting. Since opening in 2009, the team has developed strong relationships with local suppliers and breeders, and the varied seasonal menu showcases the flavours, colours and textures of first-class ingredients in simple, well-balanced dishes.

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Sourcing meat exclusively through its sister company Ruby & White, The Cowshed works directly with a range of West Country farms. Although primarily renowned for its perfectly cooked meat dishes, the menus also offer fresh seafood from the South West coast as well as pasta and vegetarian dishes. By using a trusted grocer, the team is able to develop and adapt the menu throughout the year, safe in the knowledge that fresh, high-quality vegetables are always on-hand. For large groups, The Cowshed offers corporate packages, including butchery demonstrations, as well Food Served: as complimentary space for Mon-Sat 8am-11.30am, networking events and a popular noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun Christmas offering and party 8am-11am, noon-5pm, menu. If you’re visiting the 6.30pm-8.30pm cinema next door, why not pop in for an early-bird meal? Get a rump steak and chips, burger and chips, or vegan risotto with a drink for £12.50. There’s also an impressive breakfast selection and a great Sunday roast is served all year round.

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Grill

 Location 41 Triangle West, Bristol, BS8 1ER t: 0844 625 8497  Location 3 Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1SX t: 0844 625 8495 w: www.baregrills-smokehouse.co.uk As a passionate fan of the barbecues, smokehouses and grills of the US, I was thrilled when Bare Grills set up shop in Bristol. On arrival, we were instantly impressed with the authenticity of the smokehouse. The team is serious about meat – everything is smoked fresh daily over hickory wood pellets in a Cookshack smoker located at the back of the kitchen. The neon signage, long communal-style table and background country music all set the tone, instantly transporting you to a Texas smokehouse.

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We started our evening with a couple of bourbon-based cocktails before ordering the popular sharing dish aptly named The Tower. This impressive, three-tiered behemoth featured miniature versions of the signature Bare Grill burger and the Jack Mac, the impressive size of which made us wonder how Bristol Open: huge the full-size versions must be. These were served alongside a whole rack Mon-Sun noon-10pm of baby back ribs, smoked pulled Weston Open: Mon-Fri pork, chicken wings and smoked noon-3pm, 4.30pm-9.45pm; brisket. Accompanying all this Sat & Sun noon-9.45pm were the sides: a huge portion of seasoned house fries, corn on the cob, slaw, barbecue beans, and the largest, most delicious portion of onion rings we have ever had. If you’re looking for quality, slow-smoked meats and huge, hand-pressed burgers, you can’t go wrong with Bare Grills. It delivers on every front. Bristol Guide 2019

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The Glass Arcade Café Atlas A visit to Café Atlas grants an insight into the sights and smells of North Africa. Beautiful mosaic tabletops and colourful cushions set the scene while your meal is prepared – just try to resist the tantalising aromas of dishes like Moroccan lamb tagine.

Pieminister Serving the heartiest pies in crumbly, golden pastry, Pieminister is a veritable foodie institution. Expect fillings such as chicken with ham, leek and thyme and beef steak and Irish stout and pair your pie with a choice of mash, peas and heavenly gravy. A wide range of vegan and vegetarian options is also available.

Chilli Daddy Committed to introducing award-winning, authentic and original Szechuan food to the UK, Chilli Daddy prides itself on sharing the food experience enjoyed and cherished by thousands of Szechuan families for many years with a loyal following of local foodies. Expect flavoursome hotpots, spicy fried chicken and seasonal specials.

The Kofta Bar Run by the Real Olive Co, The Kofta Bar focuses on serving healthy meals and Mediterranean cuisine with ample veggie and meat options available. Choose from a range of salads and soups – with flavours like sweet potato and coconut milk – as well as wraps.

Eat a Pitta For a fresh and healthy lunch that’s packed with flavour, Eat A Pitta is just the ticket. The stall sells superb vegetarian and vegan food, specialising in some of the tastiest falafels around. Pair your lunch with a dazzling array of accompanying salad, flatbread or pitta and a generous helping of hummus.

WOKY KO Bringing Bristol restaurant expertise to St Nick’s with its first takeaway joint, Woky Ko is one of the newbies to the market. They’ll be dishing up Korean fried chicken served with a choice of either katsu curry and noodles, Thai red curry and rice, or a glass noodle salad.

TACO BARRA The newest addition to the Glass Arcade, Taco Barra serves a selection of authentic Mexican-style tacos with a variety of tasty fillings and delicious plates of nachos, all bursting with flavour.

AHH Toots This charming stall showcases the very best of baked goods, including sausage rolls, bacon sandwiches, veggie sausage sandwiches, and sweet treats like orange and Earl Grey cake, and banana and salted caramel brownies. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Big Juice If you’re looking to get started on a health-kick, Big Juice should be your first point of call. Its countless juices and smoothies have been tried and tested to provide various health benefits. Whether you’re looking to aid digestion or feel in need of vitamin revitalisation, you’re sure to find something delicious and nutritious on the menu.

Pure Pasta, Soup & Sandwich Pure Pasta is the perfect spot for lunch if you want something hearty, fresh and full of flavour. Authentic Italian dishes like pasta served with hearty beef ragu are perfect winter warmers, while in the summer you can enjoy an extended menu that includes fresh salads and traditional arancini.

Matina Just walking past Matina is enough to make your stomach rumble. Quality ingredients are used to make an array of tasty lunch options including fresh feta salads and delicious wraps. Choose from fillings like chicken, lamb and halloumi, and add fresh vegetables, salad and hummus, tzatziki or sweet chilli sauce for a nutritious, reasonably priced and satisfying meal.

Caribbean Wrap For a taste of the Caribbean without leaving lovely Bristol, Caribbean Wrap can’t be missed. It’s known for perfect jerk chicken served with rice and peas, but also offers brilliant curries and salads. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegetarian, whether you like spice or prefer to walk on the mild side.

Low and Slow The team at Low and Slow serves up a fantastic range of slow-smoked meats and gourmet treats with an exciting selection of homemade sauces, salads, and sides. American barbecue at its best.

Portuguese Taste If you’re not familiar with Portuguese cuisine, you’re missing out. The likes of peri peri chicken, red beans with pork, meatballs and chicken escalope are all served straight from the lovely Paula’s kitchen. Oh, and the pastel de nata – Portuguese custard pastries – are out of this world.


Corn Street Exchange Café Enjoy the view of Bristol’s old city with a coffee and toasted sandwich from Exchange Café. Soak up the atmosphere of the market amidst the historic buildings of Corn Street with reasonably priced fare and friendly service.

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Outdoor Markets

Royce Rolls

Vegan and Wellbeing Market

Royce Rolls has been serving vegetarian and vegan food at reasonable prices since 1979. Hobbs House artisan breads, fillings like Somerset Brie and grape, and local and organic ingredients feature heavily on the menu. Jacket potatoes, soups and veggie sausage rolls make for comforting lunchtime fare, while a ginger and chocolate flapjack is an ideal afternoon treat.

Our plant-powered market will get your week off to a great start. Expect vegan street food, produce, ferments and more.

Spice Up Your Life The team behind Spice Up Your Life makes everything on the premises, so it’s as authentically Indian as possible. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the broad selection of daily changing curries, and up to 70 per cent of the food served is suitable for vegetarians. The bhuna is always popular, so make sure you don’t miss out.

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Wine Street, Mon 11am-2.30pm

Tuesday and Friday Street Food Markets Wine Street’s Tuesday and Friday Street Food Markets are a real hotspot for local foodies and tourists looking for the perfect on-the-go lunch or snack. Stalls sell some of the best local produce and street food in the city. Wine Street, Tues & Fri 11am-2.30pm

Bristol Farmers’ and Producers’ Market Wednesdays see Corn Street taken over by this award-winning weekly food market. Head down for the opportunity to buy quality local produce direct from the producers. Corn Street, Weds 9am-2.30pm

Eatchu Serving up delicious handmade gyoza dumplings, miso soup and other delights, Eatchu is the perfect place to enjoy something different for lunch. With a number of different options on offer, it’s worth stopping by for a truly delicious Japanese street food experience.

Be Natural Café From the team behind the Be Natural Products shop, this lovely café offers a great range of attractively priced snacks, sandwiches and sweet treats. The friendly team showcases delicious, nutritious produce in a selection of fantastic homemade dishes served alongside a wide range of hot and cold drinks.

Source Food Hall and Café Source is a café, bar, butchers, fishmongers, grocers and deli all rolled into one. The fish and meat counters are piled high with seasonal, free-range and rare-breed British produce, which is also used to create all of their fabulous café cuisine. It’s also the perfect place to pick up your dinner party ingredients or speak to the team about catering a private function.

St Nicholas Market, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm


Cuban

Salt Street

 Location please check online for details of current pop-up location w: www.saltstreet.co.uk e: saltstreet@outlook.com For a true taste of Cuban street food, a trip to Salt Street is a must. This popup restaurant has a reputation for serving incredible Cuban-style sandwiches in various venues across Bristol, including The Robin Hood in Kingsdown and Nettle and Rye in Clifton Village. In fact, top Bristol food critic Mark Taylor gave Salt Street a four-star review saying it serves the best toasted sandwich in Bristol. Once you’ve seen the menu you’ll understand why these sandwiches are so popular.

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Salt Street sources local produce to create mouth-watering sandwiches as well as a range of sides, tacos and topped skin-on fries. For those who want to feast on all the flavours Cuba has to offer, try the Cubano sandwich. Comprising traditional Cuban mojo-marinated pork, thick-cut ham, sweet pickles, Swiss cheese, mojo mayo and American mustard served in a toasted Cuban roll, the Cubano will certainly satisfy even the most discerning sandwich connoisseur. Food Served: please check The deep-fried aubergine sandwich served with rich marinara sauce is a great website for details choice for vegans, and veggies can add gooey melted mozzarella for a real treat. If you fancy stopping by for a few nibbles, why not order a range of sides? The deep-fried beer-battered pickles are simply legendary, and the Buffalo wings and Philly fries topped with free-range steak, onions, peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella are ideal for sharing with friends alongside a pint of Salt Street’s own IPA. For details on where Salt Street will be popping up next, check their Facebook page and Instagram @salt_street_bristol. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Caribbean

Caribbean Croft  Location 30 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QD t: 0844 502 1593 w: www.caribbeancroft.co.uk e: info@caribbeancroft.co.uk

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Caribbean Croft has become a staple restaurant among the locals of Bristol. Bold, flavoursome dishes cooked from the soul using family recipes have diners coming back time and time again. On arrival we instantly felt welcomed, and everyone was friendly and attentive throughout our visit. Before perusing the menu, my dining partner and I thought it would only be right to try Caribbean Croft’s signature cocktail, which went down a treat.

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To start we decided to go for the sharing platter and opted for the jerk king prawns, red mullet trini and salt fish fritters. Every dish was bursting with flavour and the red mullet and salt fish fritters had a proper kick of Scotch bonnet chilli. For my main course, I just had to try the jerk chicken leg served in homemade gravy accompanied by fried plantain, and rice and peas. The chicken was so tender it fell off the bone and the rich gravy was beautifully Food Served: spiced with the chef’s special Mon-Sat noon-10pm; jerk seasoning. My partner’s Sun noon-8pm slow-roasted jerk belly of pork was succulent and paired perfectly with the accompanying coleslaw. We also ordered a side of sweet dumplings, which we used to mop up the delicious sauces on our plates. The plantain, rum and coconut chimichanga was the perfect dessert to round off our spectacular meal. We both left with our bellies full and a smile on our faces; we can’t wait to return. 32

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Coal Grill & Bar

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Glass House, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX t: 0844 502 6984 w: www.coalgrillandbar.co.uk e: bristol@coalgrillandbar.co.uk

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Perched on the top floor of Bristol’s bustling Cabot Circus, Coal Grill & Bar is an all-day destination that’s renowned for fantastic cocktails and mouth-watering food. This popular restaurant offers a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which friends, family and colleagues can come together – ideal for those looking to while away a few hours. From breakfast through to dinner, there’s truly something for everyone, including an excellent selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. The laid-back bar area is perfect for relaxed drinks and larger social gatherings, and there’s always a deal on the signature cocktails.

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‘...fantastic cocktails and mouth-watering food...’ As we perused the impressive menu, we sipped two delicious cocktails from the two-for-£10 offering – a Long Island Iced Tea and a refreshing Singapore Sling were the perfect way to kick off our meal. The extensive menu focuses on simple ingredients and big flavours, and you’re guaranteed to be spoilt for choice. To start, I enjoyed two barbecue brisket sliders served on a brioche bun, while my companion’s fried chicken strips accompanied by sriracha mayo were a total triumph. For the main event, we couldn’t resist trying something from the grill selection. I plumped for the Coal firesticks – two grilled steak and grilled chicken thigh skewers served on a hot skillet with blackened peppers, mushrooms, onions and courgettes, alongside a choice of two side dishes including fries, rice and house salad. My partner’s 28-day-aged sirloin steak was everything she’d hoped for, and I couldn’t help but ask for a taste. On top of all this, diners can choose from the likes of juicy burgers, sizzling fajitas, and barbecue ribs. Though portions were extremely generous, we couldn’t resist perusing the tempting range of desserts. I devoured my gooey chocolate sponge served with vanilla ice cream, while my partner’s peanut and caramel tart with ice cream was equally rich and moreish. With such a wide array of beautiful dishes and tempting drinks, Coal has achieved a winning combination. The added appeal of the delightful interior and welcoming staff makes it easy to see why this fantastic establishment is so well received.

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Bar & Restaurant

DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House  Location Frost Hill, Congresbury, BS49 5AD t: 0844 502 5485 w: www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk e: info@cadburyhouse.com

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Marco Pierre White Open: Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Sun 12.30pm-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm Bardolino Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-9.30pm; Fri & Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 8am-9pm

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Set amid beautiful countryside within easy reach of central Bristol and Bristol Airport, this four-star boutique hotel and spa boasts wonderful accommodation, a wealth of facilities and two fabulous dining destinations. Marco Pierre White’s eponymous steakhouse is renowned for providing delectable cuisine in a luxurious setting. The 100-cover restaurant has recently been refurbished to the highest standard. It balances a spacious layout and sophisticated design with comfy seating and intimate lighting that affords the space a warm, welcoming ambience. When it comes to the menu, expect the finest seasonal produce from South West suppliers. Aside from the outstanding cuts of grass-fed beef for which it’s famed, Marco Pierre White serves a number of seafood dishes such as expertly grilled swordfish steak with aubergine caviar, olive tapenade, sauce vierge and fresh basil, and fantastic options for vegetarian and vegan diners. The gnocchi enhanced by fresh tomato sauce and a fricassee of woodland mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil is a satisfying plate that just happens to be vegan. A large and varied selection of wine, Champagne and cocktails accompanies the menu and the bar is well stocked with local lager and cider. For a more casual dining experience, visit Bardolino – Marco Pierre White’s laid-back venue specialising in authentic stone-baked pizza, Bellini cocktails and traditional Italian coffee. Visit for brunch and tuck into Bardolino’s breakfast, which is composed of Tuscan sausages, pancetta, grilled tomatoes, rosemary mushrooms, and poached eggs, or stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy a three-course selection of Italian favourites. You might start with porcini mushroom arancini with pesto mayonnaise and follow with a delicious burger with Blue Monday cheese, a pizza topped with hearty Bolognese ragu and fresh chilli, or a classic Caesar salad. Why not pair your meal with a celebratory Bellini? Choose from the classic combination of Prosecco with white peach purée, or opt for a strawberry, raspberry or passion fruit alternative. With two distinct yet equally memorable dining experiences on offer, DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House is a well worth a visit, be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a few drinks with friends. The hotel also boasts a number of options for private hire, making it a perfect setting for special occasions and corporate events.


Severnshed

Bar & Restaurant

 Location The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB t: 0844 502 9344 w: www.severnshedrestaurant.co.uk e: info@severnshedrestaurant.co.uk

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Severnshed is located on Bristol’s buzzing harbourside and sits within Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s 1843 boathouse. Boasting some of the finest waterside views the city has to offer, combined with a lively atmosphere and an excellent bill of fare, Severnshed is a great choice for any occasion.

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‘...some of the finest waterside views...’ The menu has been well crafted and showcases some of Bristol’s brilliant local suppliers, including Pinkmans Bakery and The Bristol Cheesemonger. Whether it’s a few snacks before dinner, a quick sandwich or salad, a catch up with friends or a date night with your loved one, the menu caters for all occasions. Starters come in the form of flavoursome cep and leek tart with a frisée and chive salad, and new season figs with serrano ham and aged Parmesan. When it comes to the mains, the grill is the star of the show, with a selection of grass-fed 21-day-aged steaks playing a pivotal role. Seafood fans will love the market fish of the day from Cornish waters, and the signature Shed burger is a firm favourite among regulars. There’s also a great range of veggie options, like mouth-watering gnocchi with woodland mushrooms, shaved chervil root and rocket, as well as butternut squash, sage and brown butter risotto. Sunday lunch offers a traditional roast from noon to 5pm, with a backdrop of live acoustic music providing the perfect accompaniment. When the sun is out, head to the balcony to take in iconic views of the floating harbour and its brightly coloured houses; it’s perfect for al fresco dining or enjoying a cocktail in the evening sun.

‘...the menu caters for all occasions...’ If it’s a drink you’re after, Severnshed will not disappoint. The buzzing bar offers two cocktails for £12, local craft beer and cider, and a wine list that features over 70 bins. The resident DJ brings the house down every Saturday night from 8pm. With all this and more on offer, there’s every reason to visit Severnshed.

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Bar & Restaurant

The Strawberry Thief  Location 26 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2HG t: 0844 502 1595 w: www.strawberrythiefbar.com e: contact@strawberrythiefbar.com

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Nestled in the heart of Bristol’s Old Town, The Strawberry Thief is a superb independent bar specialising in Belgian and craft beer. From the outside it presents an inviting sight, with large windows, decorative cornicing and marble £15 to pillars completing the facade. The inside is just as pleasing – as you might £20 expect from the name, the walls are bedecked with William Morris’ Strawberry Thief print, while scrubbed wooden floors and chandelier lighting create a sophisticated yet cosy atmosphere. Whether you’re popping in for a drink with friends or an evening meal, you’re sure to be impressed by what’s on offer. The team takes its beer seriously: you’ll find over 50 Belgian beers available each week alongside an array of local varieties. If beer isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options, from craft cider to artisan spirits and a hand-picked wine list created with local Open: wine merchants, Averys. When it comes to food, the menu changes regularly Mon-Thurs 4pm-11pm; to showcase the finest seasonal Fri & Sat noon-midnight produce. Everything is sourced (hours vary seasonally) from first-rate producers in Bristol and the South West, so you can rest assured that whatever you opt for will be of the highest quality. There’s a regular calendar of events, from live music and comedy shows to beer tastings – keep up to date with the latest events on The Strawberry Thief’s social media pages. The venue is also available for private hire, providing a unique space for all kinds of events. Bar & Restaurant

The Last Word  Location 3a Regent Street, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4HW t: 0844 502 1607 w: www.thelastwordclifton.co.uk e: enquiries@thelastwordclifton.co.uk

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Clifton’s Regent Street is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, with plenty of independent shops, bars and restaurants that could easily entertain a day of exploring. One such venue that certainly shouldn’t be missed is The Last Word – a superb restaurant and cocktail and wine bar with a fantastic offering of food and drink.

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The sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere provides a delightful environment in which to while away the hours. The interior is stylish and inviting, with deep blue hues paired with polished wood floors, leather and velvet upholstery and vintage mirrors adorning the walls. For a real treat, pop in for a delightful afternoon tea complete with Prosecco – booking is essential. As The Last Word is one of the latest closing venues in Clifton Village, it’s popular with evening revellers looking to relax with friends over a cocktail or two. When it comes to cocktails Open: the team sets the bar high, with perfectly executed classics like Tom Collins, Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Negroni and Margarita served Fri & Sat 11am-1am; alongside The Last Word’s own Sun noon-11pm eponymous creation comprising gin, maraschino liqueur and green chartreuse shaken with fresh lime juice. The bar also boasts a well-crafted wine list and a great range of Champagne. A selection of sharing plates provides the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks with friends. The team also hosts cocktail masterclasses where an expert team of trained mixologists teaches you how to mix your own creations. 36

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Quay Street Diner

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 Location 2 Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL t: 0844 502 1835 w: www.quaystreetdiner.co.uk

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When Quay Street Diner opened, it quickly became one of the city centre’s most popular foodie spots. This all-day diner and bar is a hub of good food, with a chilled-out atmosphere and a top-notch offering of drinks, too. Catering effortlessly for large groups as well as cosy meals for two, Quay Street Diner has become a stalwart of the Bristol foodie scene.

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Whether you visit for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks, you’re sure to be impressed. The broad California-inspired menu caters for everyone, so this is a great option if you’re planning a group meal – vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available, and are truly delicious.

‘...all-day diner and bar...’ Start your day right with the huevos rancheros – a Mexican dish of eggs baked in salsa and topped with feta – or perhaps the fried chicken and waffles. Those with a sweet-tooth will find the likes of pancakes topped with blueberries and maple syrup, and churros dusted with cinnamon and served with chocolate sauce. For a real weekend treat, why not add bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Marys to your brunch order? Designated drivers needn’t miss out, though, as there’s a great range of refreshing fresh lemonades to choose from – the raspberry lemonade is a must-have in warm weather. The main menu features the likes of tacos, burritos and burgers alongside po boys and salads. Order some sweetcorn fritters and tortilla chips with guacamole to whet your appetite, before tucking into a Mexicali salad bowl or carne asada tacos with chimichurri. The Philly cheesesteak is always a popular choice, as is the Q Stack burger featuring a dry-aged beef patty topped with Mexican-style slow-cooked pulled pork, cheese and house sauce. The quality of the ingredients used is evident in every dish; for fresh, tasty food, you can’t do better than Quay Street Diner. The venue itself is bright and airy, with Cali-influenced posters and art on the walls. There’s a great space upstairs for private dining, perfect for special occasions or even business functions. Quay Street Diner has successfully brought a taste of California to Bristol – check it out soon.

Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; Fri & Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 10am-6pm

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The Love Inn  Location 84 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY t: 0844 502 1834 w: www.theloveinn.com

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The Love Inn is one of Bristol’s best-loved establishments, bringing great drinks, music and food to the city every night of the week. Situated right in the heart of Stokes Croft, The Love Inn’s fantastic DJs and chilled-out vibe draw a crowd. Add the excellent drinks offering and food from their resident pop-up, Pasta Slut, and you’ve got a real winner.

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Open: Tues 5pm-midnight; Weds 5pm-2am; Thurs 5pm-3am; Fri & Sat 5pm-4am; Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Weds-Sat 5pm-9.30pm

Pasta Slut has been serving their renowned Sicilian cooking at The Love Inn since September 2018, and has only added to the legion of fans that flock here night after night. The menu changes but the quality stays the same – you’re guaranteed a pasta dish to make nonna proud. Look forward to freshly made pasta in sauces like broccoli pesto blended with chilli, garlic and pecorino cheese, or mushroom orzo in a garlic and Parmesan sauce.

Whether you’re planning on partying until the early hours or are just looking for a couple of post-work drinks, The Love Inn is the place to be. Settle in with a couple of cocktails to get things started: the Rum Tickler blends various rums with crème de peche, passion fruit syrup and fruit juices with bitters and is the perfect introduction to The Love Inn’s carefully curated cocktail menu. They take drinks seriously here, ensuring the bar has a drink to suit every taste and mood. Visit on Tuesday for the happy hour, when pints are cheaper and cocktails are on a two-for-one offer. Bar & Restaurant

The Prince Street Social  Location Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4PS t: 0844 502 5502 w: www.princestreetsocial.com e: info@princestreetsocial.com

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For delicious food and drinks served in a modern and stylish venue, look no further than The Prince Street Social. It’s situated in the heart of Bristol’s vibrant downtown office district, with the harbourside, theatres, hotels, shops and car parking facilities right on the restaurant’s doorstep. The Prince Street Social hosts bottomless brunch on Saturdays, where you can choose from the likes of the classic BLT sandwich, waffles with bacon and maple syrup, and spicy shakshuka with chorizo and jalapeños, accompanied by unlimited Prosecco, Amstel or Thatchers.

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‘...delicious food and drinks served in a modern and stylish venue...’ The lunch and evening menu is equally tempting. Everything is prepared fresh on-site using locally sourced ingredients where possible. For mains, try the popular posh lamb kebab, beer-battered fish and chips or the classic Prince Street burger topped with bacon and cheese. If it’s a delicious lunch you’re after, the sourdough sandwiches and chips will certainly fit the bill. If you’re just in the mood for drinks, relax with one of the original house cocktails, a glass of wine from the extensive list, or perhaps a beer brewed at The Prince Street Social’s sister venue, King Street Brew House, just around the corner. Private hire events and buffets are also available on request. Open: Mon-Sun 10am-midnight

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Buttermilk & Maple

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, 5-7 Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SP t: 0844 625 4490 w: www.buttermilkandmaple.com e: hey@buttermilkandmaple.co.uk

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Situated on Welsh Back, Buttermilk & Maple presents an appealing first impression, with Continental-style tables and chairs outside and a welcoming glass frontage dressed with modern wooden window boxes. This all-day venue is Mercure Bristol Brigstow’s vision of a laid-back eatery where hotel guests and walk-in diners alike can socialise, indulge and relax.

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The simple yet sophisticated decor, with atmospheric lighting and eclectic artwork adorning the walls, allows Buttermilk & Maple to offer the perfect ambience for everything from your morning coffee to a nightcap. The menu offers the same level of flexibility, with options to suit all tastes. From the brunch menu, which is served from 10am until 4pm, choose from classics such as eggs Benedict, smashed avocado with poached eggs, buttermilk pancakes with maple-smoked bacon, and a take on the classic full English breakfast, or try something new such as scrambled eggs with homemade harissa, feta, and rocket served on toasted flatbread. When it comes to dinner service, the kitchen team’s creativity is evident, but what sets the evening menu apart is its dedication to giving diners exactly what they want: top-quality comfort food. Skilfully prepared dishes range from salt and pepper pork belly served with egg noodles, to American-inspired burgers, and indulgent Gruyère mac and cheese with the option to add lobster – a no-brainer for seafood-lovers. Other popular dishes include 8oz sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce, fries, grilled tomato and salad, and a healthy daily changing Buddha bowl packed with grains, fresh veg and more. If you’re stopping by for a few drinks with friends or colleagues or fancy staying for an after-dinner cocktail, you’re in for a treat. The expert mixologists can whip up a Margarita or Espresso Martini with ease, and there’s always a great cocktail of the month on offer. If you can’t find your favourite on the menu don’t be shy, put in a request. While the convenience of this hotel-adjacent venue’s location is undeniable, the extensive food and drink offering, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere make it a compelling dining destination in its own right. It also doubles as the perfect place to enjoy a private party, wedding reception or corporate event.

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Captains Cabin  Location 51 Birnbeck Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2EF t: 0844 502 1692 e: captainscabin-weston@outlook.com

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Occupying an enviable seafront location, Captains Cabin boasts some of the best views Weston-super-Mare has to offer. The spacious terrace provides the perfect spot in which to relax with an evening tipple or al fresco bite to eat, all with a backdrop of panoramic ocean vistas.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Tues 6pm-9pm; Weds-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-6pm

Unsurprisingly given its seaside location, seafood features heavily on the menu, with delectable starters such as garlic and chilli king prawns, and peppered whitebait with homemade tartare sauce. Those who prefer land to sea needn’t worry, as there are plenty of other options including roasted truffled mushrooms in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce served atop toasted bloomer and sprinkled with Parmesan shavings. When it comes to the main course, the offering is equally impressive. Tuck into the likes of asparagus gnocchi with sundried tomatoes and creamy pesto, roasted red pepper and Stilton pie, or pan-fried sea bass fillets served with crushed new potatoes, fresh veg and lemon and caper butter.

There are also plenty of tried and tested classics on offer that are sure to satisfy. On Sundays a visit to this excellent venue is a must, as the team serves a superb roast with all the trimmings. With great food and drink, excellent service and unbeatable views, Captains Cabin is a fantastic spot for all manner of occasions.

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Hawkes House  Location St Mary’s Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AB t: 0844 502 9468 w: www.hawkeshouse.co.uk e: info@hawkeshouse.co.uk

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There’s something refreshingly honest about the offering at Hawkes House. From arriving at the beautiful stone facade to taking our seats at a cosy table by the window indoors, we were captivated by the effortless simplicity £15 to with which everything hangs together. The decor is classic with rustic charm, £25 the staff are friendly and the locals have made the venue their well-loved meeting place. The menu boasts something for everyone without being over-complicated or pretentious. From Mediterranean-inspired small plates to American-style chilli dogs and perfectly grilled steaks, we were impressed by the variety on offer. We decided to start with a beautifully presented tapas dish each. My beer-battered cod strips with homemade tartare sauce, lettuce and crispy capers was exquisite, while my dining partner relished the trio of tiger prawns cooked with chilli and garlic butter. We then chose to build our own burgers Open: and were delighted to choose from Mon-Sun 8.30am-11pm a selection of patties and sauces as well as picking three tasty toppings each. I settled on a classic beefburger loaded with streaky bacon, fried egg and smashed avocado complemented by sweet potato fries, while my companion tucked into the vegan falafel option. The team at Hawkes House ably caters for dietary requirements, as was exemplified by the rich and moreish vegan salted chocolate ganache with honeycomb and coconut sorbet. From the specials board, the Eton Mess was the perfect summer treat. 40

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The Blue Lagoon

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 Location 18-20 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AE t: 0844 502 1587 w: www.thebluelagooncafebar.com e: info@thebluelagooncafebar.co.uk

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Situated on Gloucester Road, The Blue Lagoon is a lively, modern space that serves popular dishes from breakfast to dinner. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, the Blue Lagoon breakfast is the perfect choice, with meat, vegetarian and vegan options available. For dinner you’ll find a selection of homemade pizzas, pasta, flavoursome fajitas, burgers, indulgent desserts and The Blue Lagoon’s signature nachos, so there’s something for everyone.

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Throughout the week, The Blue Lagoon also has plenty of food offers including 25 per cent off pizza on Mondays. On Tuesdays you can enjoy any pasta dish for £15, and on Wednesdays you can tuck into two delicious burgers for just £12. A 15-per-cent discount is also available to students. If you’re looking for somewhere to catch up with colleagues over a leisurely lunch, The Blue Lagoon serves a wide range of breakfast and lunch items until 3pm, including hand-stretched Italian-style pizzas ranging from £7.50 to £10.50. The Blue Lagoon also serves high-quality Italian coffee, made using one of the only traditional Italian lever machines in Bristol from owner Aly Hussein’s sister company, Perfecto Coffee. This establishment also offers a tasty children’s menu for smaller appetites, making it a great spot for family gatherings and birthdays. As a lively nightlife venue, The Blue Lagoon is a popular destination for cocktails, with all of the classics on offer at great value for money. Enjoy two cocktails for £7.95 between 6pm and 11pm from Sunday to Thursday. Why not enjoy the signature Blue Lagoon cocktail or a carefully crafted Espresso Martini? With live music every night of the week, there’s always plenty to keep you entertained at The Blue Lagoon. The attentive staff create a friendly, casual and welcoming vibe, making your visit one to remember. Regulars and locals have returned here time and again over the past 14 years to enjoy deliciously comforting food and a huge selection of beverages. Whether you’re looking for a tasty treat with family, or to enjoy a few cocktails with friends, you’ll feel right at home.

Open: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-midnight; Fri 8.30am-1.30am; Sat 8am-1.30am; Sun 9am-midnight

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Urban Roof Terrace  Location Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD t: 0844 502 7131 w: www.bristolmarriottcitycentre.co.uk

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Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre is located right in the heart of it all – close to everything Bristol has to offer, from theatres and the harbour to shops, bars and restaurants. However, you’re sure to want to spend a bit of time sampling the hotel’s contribution to the food and drink scene. The Marriott’s Urban Roof Terrace is a popular destination for both hotel guests and visitors alike.

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‘...you need to try Urban Roof Terrace for yourself...’ Emblazoned with vivid artwork created by Cheo – a graffiti artist whose work Bristolians will instantly recognise – the recently extended terrace is already a favourite hang-out with shoppers, families and local workers. With an outdoor bar and large seating area, as well as table tennis, deckchairs, beanbags, Jenga and swingball, there’s something for all the family. Classic cocktails with a twist flow freely, especially during the Open: Mon-Sun 8am-late two-for-one offer available every day from 4pm until 7pm. The food is delicious too – burgers, salads and sandwiches are the order of the day. If you’re not after a big meal, you could always cool down with an ice cream sundae, or unwind with a freshly brewed coffee. The hotel is a wonderful place to stay, boasting a fully equipped gym, swimming pool and friendly staff. Whether you live in Bristol or are just visiting, you need to try Urban Roof Terrace for yourself. Bar & Restaurant

Snobby’s  Location 6 Chandos Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6PE t: 0844 625 8468 w: www.snobbys.co.uk e: nick@snobbys.co.uk

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On a quiet corner in Redland, that was once home to celebrity chef Keith Floyd’s bistro, you’ll find Snobby’s – a lively wine bar that’s the newly opened passion project of owner Nick Bethell. We visited on a Wednesday evening and received £26 to a warm welcome into the cosy community restaurant that serves sharing platters, £36 Roman-style pizzas and unpretentious Italian small plates. We were immediately treated to a specially mixed Negroni featuring watercress gin and an outstanding vermouth – a favourite that we were assured should never be shaken. From the menu, we ordered the mixed meat and cheese sharing platter to start. It was beautifully presented and paired with an Italian Dolcetto d’Alba red wine that was expertly recommended by Nick. Then came the small plates; we opted for the creamy burrata salad, smoky taleggio and sundried tomato arancini, garlic butter king prawns and the ‘nduja Scotch egg, which has become Open: Tues 4pm-11pm; something of a local legend and didn’t disappoint. We finished by sharing caramel Weds 11am-11pm; panna cotta with gingerbread, and Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight chocolate gratin served with berries and honeycomb ice cream. We sipped a Pinkster Royale: gin-based raspberry liqueur topped with Champagne – the perfect celebratory conclusion to our delectable meal. This intimate venue also caters for large parties, and guests benefit from the owner’s excellent hospitality, good humour and extensive knowledge of the 60-strong collection of bottles they have on offer. A newcomer on Chandos Road’s famous dining scene, we’ve no doubt that Snobby’s will be a lasting favourite. 42

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Spotlight on...

Clifton

Built atop a hill overlooking the rest of the city and the beautiful Avon Gorge, Clifton is Bristol’s most affluent suburb. Known for its Georgian architecture, green spaces and charming café culture, Clifton Village is well worth a visit. While you’re there head up to the observatory and view Brunel’s famed suspension bridge from new heights — or take an enlivening walk along it. If you’re lucky, you might spot a hot air balloon taking flight from Ashton Court across the gorge. The Downs provides a place to walk the dog or enjoy an uninterrupted picnic in expansive parkland — perhaps on your way to Bristol Zoo Gardens. A short jaunt from Clifton’s main attractions might take you to Whiteladies Road, which is home to Clifton Down railway station, numerous charity shops, boutiques, cafés, cocktail bars and restaurants. A popular spot with students, it’s the place to be for tapas-style social dining, offering a treasure trove of innovative and intimate eateries to choose from.

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Nutmeg Contemporary Indian cuisine and innovative cocktails.

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The Clifton Sausage Classic British dishes brought up to date in airy modern surrounds.

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The Last Word A stylish venue offering exquisite cocktails and tasty sharing boards.

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Lido Enjoy modern Mediterranean-inspired plates overlooking a refurbished Victorian swimming bath.

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Broken Dock

 Location Millennium Promenade, Bristol, BS1 5SY t: 0844 502 1606 w: www.brokendock.co.uk e: jem@brokendock.co.uk With a picturesque location overlooking a beautiful corner of the Floating Harbour and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Broken Dock is full of surprises. Even the ambient lighting and contemporary decor couldn’t prepare us for how special our visit would be. With a glass of fizz in hand my partner and I shared starters of blue cheese croquettes with homemade dips, and sourdough topped with roasted goat’s cheese, minted peas, green beans and honey before moving on to beautifully presented mains. My pork belly was simply outstanding – enhanced by crackling, apple purée, Parmentier potatoes, and veal and red wine gravy. My partner’s Ruby & White rump steak was packed with smoky flavour and expertly seasoned. We finished with the delectable cheesecake of the week and vowed to return for the award-winning Sunday roast. Manager Jem took care to ensure our meal was perfect from start to finish; it’s the warm, friendly hospitality that really sets Broken Dock apart.

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The Folly

 Location Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7AJ t: 0844 625 8434 w: www.follypub.co.uk e: folly.bristol@marstons.co.uk This outstanding pub is somewhere you can slow down, unwind and while away a few hours. Relaxation is encouraged and the team is more than happy for diners to take their time over a lazy lunch or evening meal. Sunday is the perfect day for this, as the team serves its famous comforting roast comprising a selection of the finest mouth-watering meats paired with all your favourite trimmings. During the rest of the week, The Folly serves a delicious selection of brunch and lunch dishes and boasts an exceptional evening menu. Starters like ham hock, fig and apricot terrine are sure to impress, while the grilled pepper and rosti stack is a tasty vegan option. Follow with a well-crafted classic like sumptuous steak and ale pie or beer-battered fish and chips, or check out the seasonal specials board. With lunch available from £6 Monday to Friday and two cocktails for £10, you have every reason to visit The Folly.

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Industry Bar & Kitchen

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 Location 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BA t: 0844 502 1609 w: www.industrybarandkitchen.co.uk e: info@industrybarandkitchen.co.uk

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From a small frontage outside, Industry Bar & Kitchen opens up to reveal an expansive and versatile space that’s perfect for all occasions. A real hidden gem on Gloucester Road, Industry is owned by two brothers who have transformed a once empty space into a relaxed yet modern bar and restaurant. The hands-on owners ensure a warm welcome and a memorable and personalised experience for every customer who comes through the door.

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The well-stocked bar is complete with an ever-changing choice of local craft ale, a snappy list of delicious cocktails, and a selection of fine wine. You’ll also find a large yet inviting separate dining area with comfy seating, wooden tables and low-hanging lights. Outside, the decked garden is a suntrap in the summer and faces away from the hustle and bustle of Gloucester Road. Throughout the year, Industry caters to an upmarket sports crowd for all the big games. You’ll find a lively mix of fans watching the action on the big screen TV in the bar or on the 92-inch HD projector in the dining room while enjoying a glass of their favourite tipple.

‘...personalised experience for every customer...’ If you’re not a sports fan, Industry is still a great spot in which to grab a drink or enjoy a bite to eat. Every dish on the seasonally changing menu is homemade using the best local and seasonal ingredients. For a casual and sociable way to eat, try a selection of small plates – the beef brisket fritters with bacon jam are legendary, and the king prawns are always beautifully cooked. In the summer, opt for a delicious burger or an authentic beef taco, and when the nights draw in go for a British classic such as sausage and mash or a homemade pie. A selection of meats are hot smoked on-site and feature regularly on the menu. Industry serves a spectacular roast on Sundays with the star of the show being hot-smoked beef brisket served with rich barbecue gravy. Vegetarians and vegans are also well catered for and can expect to find the likes of mushroom and leek Wellington and cauliflower pakoras gracing the menu. With special offers available from Tuesday to Saturday, Industry is well worth a visit.

Open: Tues-Thurs 4pm-11pm; Fri 4pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-9pm

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Hall & Woodhouse Portishead  Location Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7FP t: 0844 502 5119 w: www.hall-woodhouseportishead.co.uk e: portishead@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Portishead Quays Marina is home to this thriving dining destination. Boasting panoramic harbourside views, this unique venue was constructed from 28 recycled shipping containers and was recognised as the UK’s best new build at £18 to CAMRA’s prestigious Pub Design Awards. Inside, the pub is split over two floors. £30 Downstairs you’ll find the vibrant bar and the relaxed Pantry, with huge tables and long wooden benches perfect for relaxed, sociable dining. We took a seat upstairs in the stylish dining room, complete with open kitchen and delightful views of the marina. Inspired by our waterside location, my companion and I opted to share a seafood platter to start, which comprised lightly dusted calamari, whitebait, crab mayonnaise with croutes, and classic prawn and avocado cocktail. My partner followed with a succulent West Country sirloin steak accompanied by grilled tomatoes, flat mushrooms, watercress and fries. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; I plumped for the Vitality salad, a vibrant medley of tenderstem broccoli, wilted Sun 9am-10.30pm chard, carrot, roasted beetroot, Food Served: Mon-Sat pomegranate seeds, rocket, spring 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-8pm onions, cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts. My salad was just one of the vegan dishes available, alongside vegetarian options like stuffed roasted aubergine. We finished our delightful meal with an indulgent chocolate and coconut torte and a warm apple and sultana crumble. Delicious food, a fantastic location and regular events throughout the year make Hall & Woodhouse a great destination for any occasion. Bar & Restaurant

Coates House  Location 91 High Street, Nailsea, BS48 1AW t: 0844 625 8365 w: www.coateshouse.co.uk e: info@coateshouse.co.uk

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My guest and I arrived at Coates House on a warm summer evening and were greeted by the sound of contented chatter emanating from several groups seated outside. As we entered the restaurant, we admired the well-stocked bar: a whole array of gins, mixers, wine, and beer was on offer and the friendly servers were swiftly delighting a steady stream of guests.

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Once seated, we perused the drinks menu. As we were both driving, we decided to opt for soft drinks. My companion chose the vegan milkshake – a creamy combination of oat milk, banana, and coconut sorbet – while I opted for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. The food selection was impressively varied and there were plant-based, gluten-free and low-calorie menus available too. To start, I selected the delicate beetroot Carpaccio, which came with sweet candied walnuts, cubes of perfectly crunchy apple and a garnish of rocket, while my friend enjoyed a generous Open: portion of vegan nachos. After a Mon-Sun 8.30am-11.15pm short break, our mains arrived: my guest tucked into a spicy Moroccan butter bean tagine, while I chose the Mexican burger, complete with nacho-crumbed chicken and smooth guacamole. For dessert, we shared the dairy-free chocolate ganache. Wonderfully rich and accompanied by homemade honeycomb and coconut sorbet, this was the perfect end to a delightful evening. 46

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Rainbow Casino

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Explore Lane, Bristol, BS1 5TY t: 0845 468 1758 w: www.rainbowcasino.co.uk e: bristol.events@rainbowcasino.co.uk Rainbow Casino is centrally located in Bristol’s bustling Millennium Square, providing a great hub for drinks, dinner and the full casino experience. Its unique offering sets Rainbow Casino apart from other dining destinations in the area. It might be that you’ve never thought of stopping by the casino for dinner or drinks, but it’s definitely worth seeking out. We visited on a Thursday evening to sample the Rainbow Experience – a great-value party package, which includes a drink on arrival, a three-course meal, after-dinner coffee or tea and a £10 gaming voucher. We decided to start with a round of cocktails, sampling refreshing Mojitos and the ever-popular Long Island Iced Tea. The Rainbow Package includes a bottled beer or glass of wine, which we enjoyed with our meal. The food offering is varied, with an emphasis on British favourites, and a few Asian curries and noodle dishes. Spoilt for choice, we sampled a range of starters including creamy garlic mushrooms served on warm ciabatta, shell-on rosso prawns, cooked in garlic and chilli, and aromatic duck pancakes. The main courses were equally diverse. From perfectly cooked sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and chunky chips to a create-your-own burger, there’s something to suit all palates. My vegetarian companion particularly enjoyed the chickpea, sweet potato and spinach curry, which was accompanied by basmati rice and naan bread. Desserts at Rainbow Casino are a decadent affair. Despite being full from the first two generously portioned courses, we opted to share a traditional raspberry ripple Arctic Roll – this was the perfect option to conclude a thoroughly enjoyable meal. With polite and friendly yet unobtrusive hospitality, delicious food and the full casino experience on offer, Rainbow Casino is well worth a visit. You don’t have to be a member to access the restaurant but you must be over 18. Perfect for special occasions and parties as well as providing a fun-filled start to a night out, the Rainbow Experience package is a great introduction to the casino’s offering, and the £10 gaming voucher is the icing on the cake. Rainbow Casino promotes responsible gambling and operates a Think 21 policy; if you are lucky enough to look under 21 you will be required to show photographic ID.

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Spotlight on...

Gloucester Road

St Andrew’s Park A beautiful Victorian park with a paddling pool and children’s play area. The Arches The Cheltenham Road Viaduct is locally known as The Arches due to its nine arches, including the one that frames Cheltenham Road.

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Stoke’s Croft Check out some of Bristol’s most famous street art, starting with Banksy’s Mild Mild West, which can be found at Hamilton House.

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Head north of the city centre at St James Barton roundabout, known locally as The Bearpit, and you’ll be on your way to the city’s bustling independent high street, Gloucester Road. Amble through Stokes Croft, dubbed Bristol’s cultural quarter, taking in the world-famous street art – including Banksy’s Mild Mild West – and dive into the vintage shops, cafés and art galleries as you go. A quick bus hop or a leisurely stroll will lead to The Arches, which is where Cheltenham Road ends and Gloucester Road begins. This thriving area is known for its independent boutiques, charity shops, cafés and bars, and has cultivated a reputation for being a foodie haven. The uniquely supportive community that surrounds this area allows these independents to thrive and challenges local restaurants to push for the highest standards, asking them to focus on provenance, sustainability, welfare and, most importantly, to support other local businesses. As the sun sets on the city centre, both Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road come alive with the buzz of students, the echoes of live music and the hum of late-night diners. With a laid-back approach to nightlife, this is the perfect corner of Bristol for an impromptu pub crawl, an evening of social feasting, or a vegan kebab on your way home from an open mic night.

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Gloucester Road Ale House Sample attractively priced Wickwar ale, craft beer and top-notch fare in a beautifully restored pub. The Gallimaufry Enjoy first-rate small plates and regular live music events in a unique and lively venue.

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Poco Mouth-watering contemporary tapas with a focus on local and sustainable produce. Pg 6

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The Coconut Tree Stop by this social eatery for Sri Lankan sharing plates accompanied by quirky cocktails.

Caribbean Croft Tuck into exceptional Caribbean food and rum cocktails in a vibrant social setting. Pg 32

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99 Queens

Café

 Location 99 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1LW t: 0844 625 6145 e: 99queensclifton@gmail.com

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Serving top-notch breakfast and lunch, 99 Queens is a quiet hideaway and the perfect setting in which to lose yourself for a couple of hours. Tucked between Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road, this unique all-day dining spot has * £8 become the perfect casual dining eatery, where fresh juice and fluffy pancakes to meet homemade panini and delicious pasta. The venue has become quite £15 the social hub in recent years, with the venue becoming the go-to place for a morning coffee with friends, a family brunch or a business meeting. Easy-going tunes, a vibrant atmosphere, and friendly, attentive staff combine to Open: Mon 8am-3pm; create a relaxing space for any occasion. Tues-Fri 8am-5pm; Simple, fresh produce takes the lead on the menu and everything is prepared Sat & Sun 10am-5pm fresh to order, resulting in a variety of tasty treats that can be enjoyed (hours vary seasonally, al fresco on the outside terrace or in the cosy interior. Choose from a selection please call for details) of sumptuous daily specials, including fresh
soups, salads, bagels and pasta. Food Served: Taking pride of place on the Mon-Fri 8am-3pm; menu are the popular sweetcorn Sat & Sun 10am-3pm and chilli fritters, accompanied by sweet potato, avocado, grilled halloumi, and a poached egg. Alternatively put your feet up with a coffee and tuck into a delicious slice of cake or enjoy a refreshing tipple from the varied selection of alcoholic drinks. Whatever time of day you choose to visit 99 Queens, a warm welcome can be expected alongside delightful food and drink. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

Emmeline

Café

 Location 116 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RW t: 0844 625 8507 GR

Emmeline is situated in the heart of Stokes Croft, Bristol’s vibrant creative and cultural quarter. This café-come-plant shop serves takeaway food only, so why not peruse the array of plants while you wait for your order? Inside, the space is light and airy, with big windows, high ceilings and clean white walls * £6 and tiling. Plants and green leaves add a natural contrast to the concrete and to stone of the walls, floor and ceiling. £9 The team focuses on offering healthy food to take away, taking pride in happily catering for all dietary requirements – service with a smile is a given at Emmeline. Alongside huge grilled sourdough sandwiches, you’ll find a range of seasonal and freshly prepared salads that change daily. Soup, breakfast pots and overnight oats also feature, but there are plenty of cakes, pastries and treats too. Nobody needs to miss out at Emmeline, as vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free options are always available. There’s a large range of drinks to choose from, featuring excellent coffee, fresh juices and smoothies, as well Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm as in-house booster concoctions. All ingredients are sourced from local producers, and the team prides themselves on maintaining close relationships with their suppliers. This careful provenance really shows in the quality of food and drink on offer, as well as in the range of plants and gifts available. You’ll find a superb range of reusable receptacles, including Kleen Kanteen and KeepCup, showing Emmeline’s commitment to sustainability. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. 50

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Avenue Café

Café

 Location St Luke’s House, Emersons Green, BS16 7AR t: 0844 502 5504 w: www.avenue-cafe.com e: info@avenue-cafe.com

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Avenue Café has been at the forefront of Bristol’s café scene since 2000. It’s much more than just a coffee shop – it offers great food, amazing products and friendly, efficient service. In fact, the team now has new bigger, better premises with a stylish interior.

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‘...great food, amazing products and friendly, efficient service...’

If you pop in, you can order a mean cup of coffee, and the food is equally good. The team serves everything from freshly prepared soup, full breakfasts and a scrumptious set lunch menu, to daily specials and a range of sandwiches, salads, burgers, shakes and smoothies. If that’s not enough to win you over, it’s an independent business, so unrivalled customer service and a friendly atmosphere always make you feel right at home. The café has a loyal customer base and Open: there’s even an Avenue Café Club Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm; for regulars. The café comes alive Fri 8.30am-11pm; on Friday evenings with a fabulous Sat 8.30am-5pm menu and great gin cocktails. Saturday evenings are available for private hire functions. If you’re looking for a chic, friendly place for your lunch or simply want to gather with friends or family for coffee and a natter, Avenue Café in Bristol has it covered.

Mud Dock Café

Café & Restaurant

 Location 40 The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB t: 0844 502 5487 w: www.mud-dock.co.uk e: anna@mud-dock.co.uk

CC Living in Bristol, we of course know Mud Dock as the place to go for an after-work drink in the sunshine – there’s arguably no finer spot in the city than the Mud Dock terrace on a sunny day. But who knew we were living so close to one of the best cosy £15 dinner spots in the city? to £30 From our seat overlooking the water we admired the charming setting of Mud Dock, which features fairy lights, vast windows and tables effortlessly catering for cosy tables of two as well as large groups – this is a great place for a celebration. The staff could not be more friendly, guiding us through the tantalising array of specials and helping us choose the perfect glass of wine to accompany our meals. After some serious deliberation, I opted to start with flatbread served with beetroot hummus and a deliciously creamy roasted corn and jalapeño dip. My husband couldn’t resist the Open: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm; tempura king prawns. He chose his main course from the specials board, plumping Sat 9am-10pm; for the perfectly cooked pavé of salmon with spicy tomato tagliatelle. From the main Sun 10am-10pm (hours vary menu, I chose warm new potatoes seasonally, please see website with asparagus spears and halloumi, for details) served with harissa tahini and pine nuts. Though we clearly didn’t need dessert, the superb quality of the first two courses made it impossible to turn down. I devoured my oatmeal and white chocolate cookie and ice cream sandwich, while my husband raved about his baked apple, salted caramel and Greek yoghurt pot. For superlative food, top service and an unbeatable location, you can’t do better than Mud Dock Café. We can’t wait to return. Bristol Guide 2019

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Shake Wrap & Roll

Café

 Location 234 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5QU t: 0844 625 8472 Amble down Gloucester Road at lunchtime and you might notice a queue of hungry foodies at this popular Bristol institution. Shake Wrap & Roll has been under the guidance of current owner Glenn and his friendly team for the last four years, and as the name suggests, the focus is on delicious wraps and tasty salads with a range of meaty, vegetarian and vegan options available. We opted to try the famous onion bhaji wrap with feta and homemade secret-recipe chutney, and an aloo gobi wrap with halloumi and lemon and coriander sauce, both of which were absolutely mouth-watering and came packed with hummus and salad. The portions were generous and the quality of the ingredients was evident in every bite. Owner Glenn works with a local organisation that aims to encourage reading and writing among children, and each kid’s meal at Shake Wrap & Roll comes with a free comic book.

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*Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Open: Mon 11am-6pm; Tues 11am-3pm; Weds-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-4pm

Eat Your Greens

Café & Restaurant

 Location 156 Wells Road, Bristol, BS4 2AG t: 0844 625 8440 w: www.eatyourgreensbristol.com e: eygbristol@gmail.com Located in the thriving Bristol suburb of Totterdown, Eat Your Greens is a fantastic café that’s built a stellar reputation for its delicious plant-based fare. Everything is homemade from scratch, locally and ethically sourced, and the team’s care and attention to detail is evident in every morsel. The café has a relaxed, friendly ambience and everyone is made to feel welcome, whether visiting for a coffee and slice of mouth-watering pear, turmeric and ginger cake or a hearty lunch. The menus are constantly changing to showcase seasonal ingredients, so you might find dishes like courgette flowers stuffed with vegan miso cheese, or the team’s signature Goldie Lox brunch dish, with carrot, seaweed caviar, baked marinated tofu, rocket and avocado atop sourdough. The Sunday roast is equally impressive, receiving rave reviews from all who visit. For updates, follow @eatyourgreensbristol on Instagram and Facebook. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Open: Thurs-Sat 10am-10.30pm; Sun noon-5.30pm

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Nova Scotia Hotel

Traditional

 Location 1 Nova Scotia Place, Bristol, BS1 6XJ t: 0844 502 2113 w: www.novascotiabristol.co.uk

CC Occupying a scenic location by the floating harbour, Nova Scotia Hotel is a great local haunt with a friendly atmosphere and top-notch food and drink. When the sun is shining, locals flock to the outside seating area to enjoy drinks £12 while watching boats bobbing along the glistening water. Nova Scotia isn’t to £16 just the place to be in the summer though, as the offering is equally enticing all year round. Pop in for a pint of cask-conditioned ale and take in the warm ambience. Ideal for couples, friends and families, you’ll find everyone gathered in this popular pub, including dogs who are just as welcome as their human companions. For a hearty pick-me-up, tuck in to a doorstep sandwich packed with a choice of fillings ranging from bacon, lettuce and tomato to Brie and black pepper. The selection of mains features tried and tested favourites that are sure to hit the spot, all representing unbeatable value. You might opt for the likes of crisp battered cod and chips, or gammon steak with eggs, chips Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; and salad. You can also expect Sun noon-10.30pm a selection of daily specials and vegetarian options, so there’s always plenty of choice. On Sundays diners can enjoy a sumptuous roast, with a choice of three meats and all the trimmings. If you fancy a great evening out, visit on Monday for live folk music. With everything it has to offer, it’s no surprise Nova Scotia Hotel is such a popular venue.

The Anchor Inn

Traditional

 Location Gloucester Road, Thornbury, BS35 1JY t: 0844 625 8515 w: www.theanchorthornbury.co.uk e: anchor.inn@btconnect.com

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Located on the edge of Thornbury, just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Bristol, The Anchor Inn is a local community hub offering fantastic food and drinks. In fact, the ale selection is so impressive that the pub has received an award from CAMRA for its great quality.

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£25 Dating back to the 1600s, this friendly venue makes an inviting first impression thanks to the display of beautifully manicured hanging baskets and award-winning floral displays outside the pub. Inside you’ll find a relaxed, cosy atmosphere in the Snug Bar, which hosts regular events including craft workshops, and displays works from local artists. The restaurant is open from breakfast through to the evening, and serves a great selection of homemade dishes. Start with the likes of crisp whitebait with bread and butter, or perhaps the chilli beef nachos will take your fancy. To follow there’s an excellent selection of fresh fish dishes, including rainbow trout, sea bass, baked salmon fillet in Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm sweet chilli sauce and homemade Food Served: Mon & Tues beer-battered cod. The pub classics noon-2pm, 6pm-8pm; are sure to delight, with options Weds-Sat noon-2pm, like homemade lasagne, vegetable 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm and Brie Wellington and the chef’s special pie. The extensive beer garden complete with children’s play area and boules piste makes this a great choice for families as well as couples and groups of friends. It’s dog-friendly too, so there’s every reason to pop by. Bristol Guide 2019

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Traditional

The Rope Walk

 Location 5 Nelson Parade, Bristol, BS3 4JA t: 0844 502 0073 w: www.ropewalkbristol.co.uk e: ropewalkbristol@gmail.com Combining a love of street art with her catering and hospitality expertise, Annie Pope opened The Rope Walk, a fantastic traditional pub in the vibrant Bristol area of Bedminster. Inside, striking prints adorn the walls, and candlelit tables and cosy furnishings create a warm, relaxed vibe, while outside the inviting courtyard showcases some of the best street art around, providing a real talking point among visitors. Popular with everyone from groups of friends to families with young children, The Rope Walk is a real community hub that exudes charm. Pop in for a drink and sample the impressive real ale selection, check out the well-crafted wine list or catch up with friends over a Fairtrade coffee. The food offering is equally superb. The menu changes daily, but you can always expect top-notch homemade fare cooked with pride, including tapas, burgers, bar snacks and an unbeatable Sunday roast.

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Open: Tues & Weds 3pm-11pm; Thurs & Fri 3pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-11pm Traditional

Seamus O’Donnell’s

 Location 13 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UE t: 0844 502 0897 w: www.seamusodonnellsbristol.co.uk e: seamusodonnells@live.co.uk Seamus O’Donnell’s is a traditional Irish pub found next to St Nicholas Market in Bristol, offering a friendly greeting to all who visit. It’s so good to see one of the area’s last traditional pubs thriving in a world of bistros and wine bars. Serving one of the best pints of Guinness in the city, alongside real cask ale, cider and a selection of wine, Seamus O’Donnell’s has something to offer everyone. Delicious roast lunches are served from noon until 5pm on Sunday, but you are also welcome to bring food in from the market. On a cold day it’s lovely to sit by the fire with a hot toddy and read the daily newspaper. Poteen is available for the brave of heart – until recently it was illegal in Ireland, and at 70-per-cent ABV you’ll understand why. Just one is enough to have you doing an Irish jig. Seamus O’Donnell’s is a refreshing reminder of what a pub should be. *Price represents the cost of a two-course Sunday lunch and a drink.

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-6pm Traditional

The Princes Motto

 Location Barrow Street, Barrow Gurney, BS48 3RY t: 0844 502 1846 w: www.theprincesmotto.co.uk e: info@theprincesmotto.co.uk Set just outside Bristol, The Princes Motto occupies pride of place in the village of Barrow Gurney. With its traditional decor and friendly atmosphere, this pub is a firm favourite with the locals and provides a convenient stop for travellers on their way to the city or the nearby airport. There’s plenty of seating in both the restaurant and bar area and the garden is particularly popular during summer. For those popping in for a pint, there’s plenty to choose from: expect local real ale, West Country cider and a great selection of ever-popular lagers. Wine-drinkers are offered an extensive selection, ensuring nobody goes without. Like any good British pub, The Princes Motto also serves up a tempting menu of home-cooked fare. Classic pub dishes like steak and ale pie and fish and chips are served alongside tasty vegetarian plates, sandwiches and a children’s menu.

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The Hobgoblin

Traditional

 Location 69-71 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AS t: 0844 502 1591 e: thehob.bristol@gmail.com

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Bustling Gloucester Road is the perfect spot for a lively pub that attracts a buzzy crowd of students and locals alike. The Hobgoblin achieves a laid-back vibe where folk are as happy to gather for a few drinks at the bar as they are to enjoy a sit-down meal to share.

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A simple food offering of burgers and loaded fries befits the relaxed and unpretentious setting, but the breadth of options available was a delightful surprise. The star of the show at The Hobgoblin is the famous and aptly named plate of Dirty Dirty Fries, which has become quite the Bristol legend – in part due to its enormity. This messy and epically proportioned dish comprises seasoned French fries topped with deliciously sweet pulled pork, sticky barbecue sauce, secret spices, melted Cheddar, blue cheese and coriander mayo. What we wouldn’t recommend is ordering a plate of the Dirty Dirty Fries alongside a burger. My partner and I made this mistake upon our visit and we found ourselves unwittingly taking on a food challenge, though you’ll hear no complaints from me. The list of burgers was extensive, with plenty of sides and extras to choose from. I plumped for The Buffalo Blue: a crisp buttermilk-fried chicken breast coated with Buffalo hot sauce with blue cheese mayonnaise and Cos lettuce. My partner, who is something of a burger aficionado, chose The Rodeo. The juicy beefburger from Buxton Butchers was topped with Cheddar, bacon, crispy onions, barbecue sauce and onion rings. The classic combination of flavours allowed the locally sourced meat to shine and proved satisfying. Each burger comes with a choice of fries or apple and coriander slaw – we went for the slaw and found it to be the perfect complement to the rich flavours. Our visit to The Hobgoblin left a lasting impression. For lovers of fast food and bold American-style flavours, there’s a wealth of options to enjoy. With sunset and a flurry of chatter, a crowd started to gather by the bar for relaxed evening drinks. After a last sip of local ale, we decided to give up our table to friendly revellers and left satisfied and glowingly full. *Price range represents the cost of a burger and a drink.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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Traditional

The Jersey Lily  Location 193 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2SB t: 0844 502 9483 w: www.wickwarbrewing.com e: jerseylily@wickwarbrewing.co.uk

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Sitting in a prime spot at the top of bustling Whiteladies Road, Jersey Lily is unassuming from the outside yet offers a warm welcome and consistently fantastic food. Whether you’re visiting for a relaxed drink in the sun after exploring Clifton Downs, or looking for a hearty meal and a drink in the colder months, this hidden gem won’t disappoint.

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‘...offers a warm welcome and consistently fantastic food...’ As we arrived early in the evening, the place was busy with couples and friends old and young enjoying drinks and tucking into delicious homemade traditional fare. It was immediately clear that Jersey Lily is a popular community hub, a relaxed yet lively place to enjoy a meal or drinks. At the bar, a wide range of gins and other spirits make for an impressive display. To start, we enjoyed a sizzling plate of nachos piled high and topped with homemade salsa, guacamole and cheese. The Queen Bean veggie burger satisfied with a vibrant mix of flavours, and came with the most delightful and fluffy skin-on chips. My partner opted for the smoky José burger with smoked Cheddar, chorizo, lettuce, tomato and relish on a brioche bun. To top off our indulgent meal, it was hard to say no to warm raspberry and white chocolate cake, served with raspberry and cinnamon ice cream. We left eager for our imminent return. Open: Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-11pm

Traditional

The Old Inn  Location 9 Walton Road, Clevedon, BS21 6AE t: 0844 502 1675 w: www.oldinnclevedon.co.uk e: tmorgan369@googlemail.com

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The Old Inn is one of Clevedon’s oldest pubs dating back to 1754. Today, this quintessentially British pub still stands as a local hotspot, where friends and families alike visit to enjoy a proper pint and delicious pub grub. The light-hearted and easy-going atmosphere that radiates throughout this traditional pub makes it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and the staff will make sure you feel right at home. Whether you choose to nurse a glass of your favourite drink inside by the beautiful well-stocked bar, or partake in a spot of al fresco dining outside in the glorious garden, your experience here will always be memorable.

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The menu is packed with delicious pub classics including crowd-pleasing favourites such as traditional fish and chips, and chicken curry with rice and naan. Meat-eaters will rejoice at the sight of succulent steaks, slow-roasted Open: pork belly and tender barbecue Sun-Thurs 11.30am-11pm; ribs served with chips and Fri & Sat 11.30am-midnight coleslaw gracing the menu. A trip to The Old Inn for the Sunday carvery is essential. You will be treated to a selection of perfectly cooked meats, as well as all the trimmings you can think of and lashings of rich gravy. Be sure to book your table in advance. With regular quiz and live music nights held throughout the week, there really is something for everyone at The Old Inn. 56

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The Old Station Inn

Traditional

 Location Wells Road, Hallatrow, BS39 6EN t: 0844 502 9825 w: www.theoldstationandcarriage.co.uk

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The Old Station Inn, a two-time winner of the Brains Pub of the Year award, offers a traditional pub atmosphere and a restaurant housed in a railway carriage, modelled on The Royal Scotsman’s dining car. The cosy bar area is a trove of bric-a-brac, enhancing the pub’s nostalgic and relaxed ambience. There’s plenty of outdoor seating and the added delight of a crazy golf course to keep the kids entertained.

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‘...a unique and delightful dining experience...’ Neville and Debbie King took ownership of The Old Station Inn in 2008, and have been providing a unique and delightful dining experience ever since. Neville’s 35 years of experience as a chef are showcased in a menu of homemade and freshly cooked classics, embellished with flavours from around the world. Much of the fish and meat on offer is locally sourced. For starters, we Open: Mon-Thurs sampled the crab, jumbo shrimp, noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; prawns and oak-smoked salmon Fri & Sat noon-midnight; cocktail as well as the tasty chicken Sun noon-10.30pm liver pâté, which is served with crostini and fruit chutney. My main of pulled lamb shoulder came with bubble and squeak and rich red wine and mint jus. The roasted butternut squash filled with mushroom and pine nut risotto is a delicious vegetarian alternative. For dessert, we would recommend that you indulge in the chef’s signature dish – a delicious chocolate mousse trio.

The George Inn

Traditional

 Location Manor Road, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RP t: 0844 502 1829 w: www.georgeinn.pub

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A fortunate few get to call The George Inn their local, but the warm welcome given to regulars is extended to everyone. This cosy country pub welcomes muddy boots, dogs, cyclists and families, so nobody has to miss out on the charming atmosphere and food offering.

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‘...charming atmosphere...’

The menu boasts pub classics like beer-battered fish and chips alongside creative dishes like tagliatelle with beef brisket and tomato ragu, fried capers and pine nuts. Lunchtime visitors or those with a lighter appetite can look to the range of grilled ciabatta – choose from toppings like Mediterranean vegetables and basil mayo, and chargrilled pork with rocket and apple sauce. There are also plenty of top-notch burgers to choose from, including the Kiwi burger, which is topped with beetroot, cheese and a fried egg. Throughout the week, the pub boasts a range of special offers. Tuesday is steak Open: night, when two sirloin steaks with Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; chips and a bottle of merlot will Fri & Sat 11am-midnight set you back just £35, and there’s a two-for-one pizza offer on Thursdays. Every Sunday The George offers a superb roast, with a choice of three meats or a nut roast served with all the trimmings. It’s advisable to book as the pub gets very busy – and it’s easy to see why. Bristol Guide 2019

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Indian

Indian Kitchen  Location 61 High Street, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3ED t: 0844 502 2098 w: www.indiankitchenbristol.com

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Set in Westbury on Trym, Indian Kitchen is an authentic Indian restaurant that serves a range of exceptional dishes. This stylish, sophisticated restaurant also offers a popular takeaway service, so you can enjoy a relaxing meal out with family and friends or a delicious meal in the comfort of your own home. The staff aim to pair excellent cuisine with impeccable service, ensuring that your visit to Indian Kitchen is a wonderful dining experience from start to finish. The head chef trained in India and now has years of industry experience, which is reflected in the high standard of every dish produced. The chefs aim to create dishes that represent classic Indian cuisine with exciting, innovative twists every now and then – you’ll always find something new to try.

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‘...exceptional dishes...’ To start, choose from a range of tantalising appetisers, with everything from traditional onion bhajis to the more unique Scottish salmon starter, which is infused with ajwain seeds and turmeric and mustard powder, served with onion relish. Follow this with the likes of chicken pasanda, an indulgent and creamy curry comprising fresh cream, cashew nuts and rich coconut sauce – it’s the perfect dish for those with a milder palate. The fiery prawn Madras is a favourite among seafood-lovers. Every dish is beautifully presented, with the vibrant food pleasing both eyes and bellies. With several side dishes available, including sag aloo, Peshwari naan and tamarind rice, there’s truly something for everyone at Indian Kitchen. A number of dishes are suitable for vegetarians, making this a great spot for large parties. Indian Kitchen is also particularly popular with families.

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The stylish cocktail bar means that Indian Kitchen is also an excellent spot in which to unwind with friends. There are a number of tempting drinks to choose from to perfectly complement your meal. Regular diners visit this restaurant time and again, and all agree that the friendly and attentive staff always make you feel welcome. Indian Kitchen is well worth a visit for anyone looking for mouth-watering Indian cuisine; the chefs have perfected the balance between tradition and experimentation.


Nutmeg

Indian

 Location 10 The Mall, Bristol, BS8 4DR t: 0844 625 8531 w: www.nutmegbristol.com e: info@nutmegbristol.com

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Nestled in the beautiful Clifton Village, Nutmeg oozes flair and personality. The food is an experience in itself, and each dish will take you on a journey. Excellent food and fantastic service are the order of the day; the attentive staff strive to make each diner’s visit memorable for all the right reasons. It’s no surprise that Nutmeg won Best Indian in Bristol at The Bristol Good Food Awards last year, as well as featuring in The Michelin Guide for two consecutive years. Despite this, Nutmeg offers a relaxed dining experience, from the authentic decor to the welcoming staff. We arrived on a pleasant Wednesday evening and immediately felt at home as we were ushered to our seat. Once seated, our friendly waiter explained the concept of the impressive menu – an extensive offering which celebrates the 29 states of India. Nutmeg also presents a new tasting menu every two months which focuses on a different region of India, striking the perfect balance of traditional and modern Indian cuisine. The current tasting menu showcases dishes from the region of Andhra Pradesh, and after much deliberation, we decided to share the tasting menu, as well as a sampling a few other dishes. We started with an amuse-bouche of golgappa puri – crisp and delicate pastry shells filled with chilli, chaat masala chickpeas and tamarind water – before tucking in to sirloin steak marinated in hot dried chillies and cumin, and tandoori chicken thigh with garlic and turmeric. Both dishes were simply outstanding and left us eager for more. Next came a selection of four large dishes including a delicious Hyderabadi lamb biryani and a fresh green curry made with chicken, herbs and cashews. This came served with basmati rice and a tasty beetroot paratha. For a final flourish, my partner enjoyed a moreish chai crème brûlée, while my banana-based mauz ka meetha was a total triumph. It’s not just the kitchen team that excels; the knowledgeable bar staff will help you find the perfect drink to suit your tastes. I enjoyed a few refreshing pints of lager, while my partner took great delight in the range of innovative cocktails. Nutmeg has clearly achieved a winning combination. Couple this with the warm ambience and cosy setting and you have the perfect destination for any occasion.

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Open: Tues & Weds 5.30pm-11pm; Thurs & Fri noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun 1pm-10pm

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Indian

Dhamaka  Location 15 Clare Street, Bristol, BS1 1XH t: 0844 625 8466 w: www.dhamakadining.co.uk e: info@dhamakadining.co.uk

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Bristol’s Old Town is one of the city’s most prominent foodie hotspots, and the latest restaurant on this vibrant culinary scene is Dhamaka. This fantastic eatery is reimagining Indian cuisine. Focusing on Indian street food, the talented team serves £15 to an array of small plates from all corners of India, alongside superb cocktails and £25 unique curries. My companion and I visited on a balmy late summer’s evening and were welcomed warmly by the friendly staff, who struck the perfect balance of attentive and relaxed service throughout the evening. We started with two exceptional cocktails: a Watermelon Smash for me and a West Bengal Margarita made with mango juice for my companion. We opted to share a selection of tempting small plates, and each dish was as exceptional as the last – from the poppadoms with three delicious dips including mouth-watering pineapple chutney, to the vegetable momos with spicy sesame and tomato dip. One of the stand-out dishes was the pani puri chaat – a popular snack across Open: India comprising crispy bubbles of Mon-Sun 5pm-10.45pm wheat filled with potato, served with beautiful tamarind water and coriander and mint water. The sheikh kebab was tender and perfectly seasoned and the masala dosa – a South Indian pancake served with sambar and coconut chutney – was superb. To finish, we indulged in three scoops of kulfi and a traditional Indian rice pudding, delicately spiced and topped with almond nougatine – one of the best desserts I’ve had in years. A visit to this superb establishment is a must. Sri Lankan

The Coconut Tree

 Location 2 Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JT t: 0844 625 8002 e: bristoltriangle@thecoconut-tree.com  Location 237-239 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5QP t: 0844 625 8006 e: bristolglosrd@thecoconut-tree.com w: www.thecoconut-tree.com With two locations in central Bristol, The Coconut Tree is a firm local favourite GR offering a menu of flavoursome Sri Lankan-inspired fare. Inside, guests chat around wooden tables while upbeat music plays overhead, creating a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. * £12 When it comes to food, the focus is on taste above all else. The selection of dishes to is hugely varied, so why not try a few different things? Start simple with coconut £22 cream-soaked cashew nuts or fried okra, and follow it up with a few vegetarian Byron Place Food Served: plates – the stir-fried chickpeas with chillies are particularly popular, the pumpkin Sun-Thurs noon-10pm; curry is deliciously rich and the Colombo-style fried cheese is a must-try. If you Fri & Sat noon-11pm fancy something meaty, the slow-cooked black pork comes highly recommended and Cheltenham Road the goat curry is perfect if you’d like something different. For a real taste of Sri Food Served: Mon Lanka, be sure to try a devilled dish, noon-2.30pm; 5pm-9pm; or opt for one of the classic hoppers Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, – a bowl-shaped pancake served 5pm-10pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, with sambal and salsa. To wash it 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; all down, sip something from the Sun noon-9pm impressive Cocotails menu, which features 12 handcrafted signature cocktails, including the Drunken Sri Lankan, which is served in the charming ceramic Ruby the elephant. *Price range represents the cost of three small plates and a drink. Cf

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Dangun

Pan Asian

 Location 39-41 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TP t: 0844 502 1644 e: dangunbristol@hotmail.com

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Just a few minutes’ walk from Bristol harbourside is Dangun – a casual modern Asian restaurant serving up authentic Korean and Thai cuisine as well as a fantastic selection of modern fusion dishes. Since opening in April 2018, Dangun has gone from strength to strength and is now known as one of Bristol’s most popular restaurants among local foodies. The staff at Dangun go the extra mile to ensure every guest has a truly memorable experience from the moment they walk through the front door. As you enter the restaurant you’ll notice the understated and simplistic decor, which creates a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy an array of bold and flavoursome Asian dishes.

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If you feel like trying all the tastes and flavours Dangun has to offer, why not sample a selection of side dishes? The dumplings served with tonkatsu and spring onions come highly recommended and can be filled with either chicken, or vegetables and tofu. For meat-eaters, the bulgogi – marinated stir-fried beef with kimchi – is beautifully tender, whilst the ever-so-popular Korean fried chicken comes served with Asian-style coleslaw and peanuts and is delightfully crisp; you can even add a sweet and spicy glaze to the chicken if you’re craving a bit of a kick. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy bite-sized delights such as of Korean fried cauliflower and traditional fried rice cakes with spicy gochujang sauce. A trip to Dangun wouldn’t be complete without trying one of the curry dishes. Served with your choice of chicken, tofu or mushrooms, the classic fiery Thai green curry boasts layer upon layer of perfectly balanced spices and is finished with coconut milk, carrots, mange tout, coriander and Thai basil. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for one of Dangun’s famous Korean tacos. Your filling of either grilled chicken, slow-cooked beef shin, prawns in oyster sauce, roasted squash or bulgogi beef is accompanied by pickled red onion, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo and served in a soft corn tortilla. Dangun is also available to hire for private parties, so if you’re looking for the perfect spot for a special occasion, this is the place for you. *Price represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun noon-8pm

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Japanese

Izakaya  Location 39 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5SH t: 0844 502 2074 w: www.izakayabristol.co.uk e: izakaya.bristol@gmail.com

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Inspired by the informal izakaya eateries of Japan, this fantastic venue located opposite College Green is a must-visit for lovers of Japanese cuisine. An izakaya is a drinking establishment that serves affordable tapas-style food designed to be shared among friends; it’s a quintessential Japanese dining experience and is fast becoming a favourite among foodies in the UK. Bristol is fortunate enough to be home to Izakaya, bringing the spirit of this Japanese institution to this corner of the South West. Whether you’re a long-standing fan of Japanese food or you’re new to the cuisine, pop in for some tasty authentic fare and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere – you’re sure to be impressed.

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The menu boasts a delicious array of dishes, from beautiful sashimi, sushi and gyoza to small plates like takoyaki – fried octopus balls complemented by Kewpie mayo, bonito flakes and nori powder. Other tempting small plates include the agedashi tofu – fried tofu served with a beautifully subtle mirin and dashi dipping sauce, as well as succulent deep-fried king prawns coated in panko breadcrumbs and perfectly grilled chicken yakitori in a sweet and sticky soy glaze. There’s also a selection of rich, comforting hot dishes available, including mouth-watering braised pork belly with udon noodles in flavoursome broth. The spicy seafood udon is equally delicious, comprising king prawns, squid and mussels in spicy kimchi broth seasoned with soy, sweet mirin and chilli. The pumpkin katsu curry is another stand-out dish that’s sure to impress, while the crisp teriyaki salmon is perfectly executed. Nutritious poké bowls provide a satisfying and tasty meal, packed with flavourful veggies and a choice of toppings like salmon and avocado or tofu and spring onion. Open: Mon, Weds & Thurs 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm; Sat 11.30am-10.30pm; Sun noon-9.30pm

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There’s an impressive range of Japanese drinks behind the bar, including soft drinks – the yuzu and pear fruit juice is incredible – as well as beer, gin, whisky, plum wine and the exquisite Japanese spirit shochu. There’s also a dedicated sake menu complete with tasting notes. With exceptional authentic food and drink and an unbeatable atmosphere, Izakaya is entirely deserving of the glowing reviews it receives. Drop in to discover everything this fantastic establishment has to offer.


wagamama

Japanese

 w: www.wagamama.com The ethos behind wagamama is a celebration of Asian food inspired by Japanese ramen bars; it’s a truly unique way to eat. There are three convenient locations in Bristol situated at Cabot Circus, Clifton Triangle and Cribbs Causeway. With a menu created to soothe, nourish and sustain, you can choose a little ginger to warm you up, chillies that kick or noodles to nourish the body and soul. The chefs at wagamama create all kinds of rice and noodle dishes alongside fresh salads and shareable sides. There are desserts, fresh juices, hot drinks, wine, sake and expertly crafted East Asian beers too.

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‘...created to soothe, nourish and sustain...’

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In the name of kaizen (which translates as good change), standards are high; the ingredients are fresh and dishes are delivered with care. Every bowl and plate is served as soon as it’s ready, so the colours, aromas, flavours and spices are always at their best when they touch the tables, and dishes are perfect for those in a bit of a hurry.

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‘... the ingredients are fresh and dishes are delivered with care..’ Choose a bowl of bold ramen, or try a tempting teppanyaki. If you would rather order a rice bowl you’re in luck – the wagamama menu features many Japanese favourites and the fresh menus are updated seasonally. There are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus, and a popular kid’s menu for little ones. The wagamama philosophy has always centred around positive living so the chefs cook with heat and love to satisfy both the senses and the soul.  Location Glass House, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX t: 0844 625 4094 Open: Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-9.30pm  Location The Mall, Patchway, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5DG t: 0844 625 4101 Open: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm  Location 63 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1QL t: 0844 625 4106 Open: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-10.30pm; Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm

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Tom Brownell – The Duck & Willow – Pg 11

Chef Profile

While living in Canada, Tom had the opportunity to work at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The huge kitchen catered for several outlets and ran like clockwork, and it was this experience that inspired him to pursue a culinary career upon his return to the UK.

‘...good food is created when fine produce is used creatively, with care and attention...’ Tom honed his craft working under esteemed chefs Sam Moody and Michael Caines at The Bath Priory, where he dedicated a full year to the pastry section. During this time he baked three different breads every day as well as prepping all desserts and sweets. He describes this time as the hardest he’s ever worked, and he relished the challenge. According to Tom, good food is created when fine produce is used creatively, with care and attention to detail. It’s this diligence that has led Tom to open his own restaurant, The Duck & Willow, where he continues to challenge himself.

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Index 99 Queens – Bristol.......................................................... 50

Jersey Lily, The – Bristol.................................................. 56

A cappella – Bristol.......................................................... 26

King Street Brew House – Bristol..................................... 10

Al Fresco – Cleeve, Bristol................................................ 24

Last Word, The – Bristol.................................................. 36

Anchor Inn, The – Thornbury............................................ 53

Lido – Bristol..................................................................... 3

Avenue Café – Emersons Green......................................... 51

Lion, The – Bristol............................................................ 18

Bare Grills Smokehouse – Bristol, Weston-super-Mare...... 29

Litton, The – Litton.......................................................... 19

Bear & Swan, The – Chew Magna..................................... 21

Love Inn, The – Bristol..................................................... 38

Blue Lagoon, The – Bristol............................................... 41

Mud Dock Café – Bristol................................................... 51

Broken Dock – Bristol...................................................... 44

Nova Scotia Hotel – Bristol.............................................. 53

Buttermilk & Maple – Bristol........................................... 39

Nutmeg – Bristol.............................................................. 59

Captains Cabin – Weston-super-Mare................................ 40

Old House at Home, The – Burton..................................... 20

Caribbean Croft – Bristol.................................................. 32

Old Inn, The – Clevedon.................................................... 56

Catch22 – Bristol............................................................. 17

Old Station Inn, The – Hallatrow...................................... 57

Clifton Sausage, The – Bristol............................................. 9

Papa’s – Weston-super-Mare............................................. 17

Coal Grill & Bar – Bristol................................................. 33

Pizzarova – Bristol........................................................... 27

Coates House – Nailsea.................................................... 46

Poacher, The – Portishead................................................. 12

Coconut Tree, The – Bristol............................................... 60

Poco – Bristol.................................................................... 6

Cowshed, The – Bristol..................................................... 29

Prince Street Social, The – Bristol.................................... 38

Curious Kitchen at The Aztec Hotel & Spa – Almondsbury.... 16

Princes Motto, The – Barrow Gurney................................ 54

Dangun – Bristol.............................................................. 61

Punchbowl Alehouse & Kitchen – Bristol........................... 13

Dhamaka – Bristol........................................................... 60

Quay Street Diner – Bristol............................................... 37

DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House – Congresbury.......... 34

Rainbow Casino – Bristol.................................................. 47

Duck & Willow, The – Bristol............................................ 11

Rising Sun, The – Backwell............................................... 22

Eat Your Greens – Bristol................................................. 52

River Cottage Kitchen Bristol – Bristol............................... 8

Emmeline – Bristol........................................................... 50

River Grille, The – Bristol................................................... 8

Folly, The – Bristol........................................................... 44

Rope Walk, The – Bristol.................................................. 54

Gallimaufry, The – Bristol................................................... 7

Salt Street – Bristol......................................................... 32

George Inn, The – Abbots Leigh........................................ 57

Seamus O’Donnell’s – Bristol............................................ 54

Giuseppe’s – Bristol.......................................................... 24

Severnshed – Bristol......................................................... 35

Glassboat – Bristol............................................................. 4

Shake Wrap & Roll – Bristol............................................ 52

Gloucester Old Spot, The – Bristol..................................... 13

Snobby’s – Bristol ........................................................... 42

Gloucester Road Ale House – Bristol................................. 10

St Nicholas Markets – Bristol........................................... 30

Hall & Woodhouse Portishead – Portishead....................... 46

Strawberry Thief, The – Bristol......................................... 36

Hawkes House – Thornbury.............................................. 40

Symonds at Redwood – Failand........................................... 5

Hobgoblin, The – Bristol................................................... 55

Three Brothers Burgers – Bristol...................................... 28

Indian Kitchen – Bristol.................................................... 58

Toff’s Pasta – Bristol........................................................ 26

Industry Bar & Kitchen – Bristol...................................... 45

Travellers Rest, The – Pensford......................................... 12

Italian Kitchen, The – Bristol, Alveston............................ 25

Urban Roof Terrace – Bristol............................................ 42

Izakaya – Bristol.............................................................. 62

wagamama – Bristol......................................................... 63 Bristol Guide 2019

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