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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 2018. 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. CB – Central Bristol Map CC City Centre

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Food & Drink Guide 2018 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve

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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.

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Contents

Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd

Foreword .....................2 Fine Dining ..................3 Modern European.........5 Modern British ...........10 British .......................14 Seafood......................21 Gastropub ..................23 Brasserie....................27 Italian........................29

Pizzeria .....................34 Tapas .........................37 Mediterranean............37 Mexican .....................38 Steakhouse.................38 American ...................39 Grill ...........................41 Bar & Restaurant .......42 Café & Restaurant ......52

Café ...........................53 Tearoom .....................56 Traditional .................56 Thai ...........................58 Japanese ....................60

Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

Chef Profiles ..............62 Index .........................64

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 September 2018.

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Hywel Jones If you would have told me when I left London to join Lucknam Park back in 2004 that I would still be here in the South West 14 years later, I’m not sure I would have believed you. I initially thought I would be here for five years, but fast-forward to 2018 and here I am – and gladly so, I should add. Though I have seen many changes to the area and its culinary scene, my appreciation for this beautiful region hasn’t dwindled in the slightest. With a Michelin star and numerous accolades to show for my time here, I’m humbled by the continued support and recognition my restaurant at Lucknam Park receives. From a personal point of view and as a chef, the South West is a treasure trove of producers and ingredients. We truly are blessed to have such an array of top-quality and passionate producers on our doorstep. Bristol continues to prove itself a champion of local, seasonal ingredients and independent producers. This, of course, is great news for anyone living in or around the area, as a lot of this produce finds its way directly into the many fine restaurants that the city boasts. With the huge interest in food that the nation is currently enjoying, there has never been a better time to visit the South West and indulge in its diverse dining scene. As well as offering great eating-out opportunities, Bristol and the surrounding areas celebrate fine produce in other ways. Our genuine enthusiasm for food means that annual events like Bristol Food Connections and the Love Food Festival are well received. Events like these bring chefs, restaurants, producers and the public together to try, buy, learn and really get excited about good food. They are family-friendly events too, educating children about food from the ground up and igniting the spark of passion for cooking and exploring new flavours. There are also regular street food events and weekly markets like Bristol Farmers’ and Producers Market and the Vegan and Wellbeing Market held at St Nicholas Market, where you’ll find all manner of delicious goods. By shopping at one or several of the markets in Bristol, Bath and beyond, you’re helping to support our producers, reducing your carbon footprint, and experiencing superb ingredients at their seasonal best. Here at Lucknam Park we have plenty of exciting plans in the pipeline. Ben Taylor, our award-winning cookery school head tutor, has designed a whole new calendar of fun-filled courses to share with you all, including a new vegan cookery course. As the buzz of new restaurants, top chefs, quality producers and dedicated foodies continues to grow, Bristol and the South West set the bar consistently high. Happy eating.

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Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park  Location Colerne, Nr. Bath, SN14 8AZ t: 0845 468 0543 w: www.lucknampark.co.uk e: reservations@lucknampark.co.uk Lucknam Park is in its own tranquil world. As we drove along the tree-lined drive under a blanket of stars, the dreamy Palladian mansion surrounded by 500 beautiful acres set a spectacular scene that had us captivated from the very beginning. Lucknam Park is breathtaking inside and out: the seductive mix of traditional glamour and timeless luxury let us truly leave the outside world behind, so when we were welcomed into the quiet hush of the Drawing Room, an air of calm washed over us. Fine furnishings, fresh posies, gilt mirrors and oil paintings whisked us back in time as we sipped expertly mixed cocktails and tucked into an excellent amuse-bouche. Once in the calming restaurant (chef profile page 62), my rich, creamy Jerusalem artichoke velouté arrived first, topped with soft Elbridge quail’s eggs, melted leeks and flavours of truffle. Across the table, my partner’s fresh citrus-cured salmon carefully paired with earthy beetroot, sweet apple and punchy horseradish, indicated the level of care put into each dish. The precision and outstanding flavour combinations continued. For the main event, rolls of lasagne encasing sweet butternut squash, textures of pine nuts and a sharp hit of sage were punctuated by soft onions and foraged mushrooms, and reminded me of forest rambles. My guest’s rosy pink Brecon lamb cooked two ways melted in the mouth and was exquisitely paired with wine as smooth as the service. Our refreshing pre-dessert – sorbet dipped in white chocolate – was just what we needed before the sweet finale. The punchy poached pineapple and fragrant mango sorbet offset my delicate, creamy toasted coconut cheesecake perfectly. My guest’s much-anticipated rich Guanaja chocolate crémeux was a real highlight, with innovative rosemary and olive oil ice cream and a tart hit of Tulameen raspberries completing the expertly composed sweet treat. Afterwards, we relished petits fours – of which the delicate chocolate macaroon with lemon curd was our favourite – and coffee, taking in our incredible experience; nothing was rushed yet the service was seamless. I’ll be returning to stay in one of the elegant 42 bedrooms and savour a relaxing treatment in the spa before indulging in a meal in the more casual brasserie, which is tucked away in the landscaped walled gardens. Having retained a Michelin star since 2006, there’s no doubt that Lucknam Park is still at the top of its game. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal.

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The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

Fine Dining

 Location Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB t: 01666 822888 w: www.whatleymanor.com e: reservations@whatleymanor.com

Wi As breathtakingly beautiful Cotswolds retreats go, Whatley Manor is unbeatable. The stunning country manor house is, quite simply, majestic. Home to 23 bedrooms, the Aquarias Spa, a 40-seat cinema, Grey’s Brasserie and the acclaimed restaurant, * £120 The Dining Room, Whatley Manor has everything you might need. to Rather than offering a tasting menu, executive head chef Niall Keating has compiled a £200 true dining experience; a culinary journey of unforgettable destinations. Some dishes are even delivered to your table by the chefs, who explain the components of the dish and give an insight into the culinary process behind it. Contemporary and classic styles are balanced in Niall’s use of ingredients and presentation, but his well-travelled background also shows through in Asian influences. Seated in front of a roaring fire, with a Whatley Manor raspberry and Champagne cocktail in hand, we browsed the Food Served: exquisite menu and sampled an appetiser of spiced cracker with sesame and lime. Thurs-Sun 7pm-10pm The fresh flavours and delightful texture proved the perfect prelude to the dining experience. The menu is varied and interesting, truly an exploration for the senses. As we journeyed through, we repeatedly proclaimed each course the favourite – needless to say, you’re in for a treat. From light oysters with wonderfully fresh, tangy seaweed mignonette, to the complex flavour of squid ink tortellini and blissfully tender aged beef loin, Niall’s menu is a masterpiece. The matching wine flight made for a truly superlative dining experience, and one that will be remembered for all the right reasons. *£120 is the cost of the gastronomic tasting menu; £200 is the cost of the gastronomic tasting menu with matching wine flight.

The River Grille

Modern European

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

CC 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 £25 to charming cobbled pedestrian area. In the summer, it’s a lovely spot from which £30 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. Given The River Grille’s proximity to Bristol’s theatres, it’s unsurprising that the pre-theatre menu is so popular. From just £18 for two courses and £22.50 for three, it offers excellent value for money. Seasonal menus incorporate the Food Served: Mon-Thurs freshest ingredients and some of the South West’s best produce. To start, you 6.30am-10am, 5.30pm-10pm; could tuck into the legendary homemade Guinness bread while enjoying a Fri 6.30am-10am, pint of Bristol Beer Factory’s best, or indulge in an expertly crafted cocktail. 5.30pm-10.30pm; From the main menu, you might Sat 7.30am-11am, sample an exquisite steak cooked 12.30pm-2.30pm, on the Josper grill, or one of the 5.30pm-10.30pm; wonderful fish dishes. Sumptuous Sun 7.30am-11am, desserts are made in-house. You 12.30pm-2.30pm, can’t miss the lemon tart, which 5.30pm-10pm 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. Bristol Guide 2018

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

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Our visit to the Lido in the heart of Clifton, Bristol’s leafy and affluent suburb, was the perfect way to make the most of a mild sunny evening. Lauded for giving the Victorian swimming pool a new lease of life, the team behind Bristol Lido has transformed it into a stunning spa, bar and restaurant headed up by Freddy Bird (chef profile page 62), one of Bristol’s most celebrated chefs. Before heading to the restaurant upstairs we noticed a relaxed and informal bar area where patrons were grazing on tapas and enjoying a relaxed post-swim drink. We took a seat on the upper mezzanine overlooking the sparkling blue water and sipped red wine as we perused the impressive menu. Mediterranean influences are evident in the food offering, which demonstrates Freddy Bird’s signature flair and exciting flavour combinations. The starters were varied and enticing; after some deliberation I settled on the creamy burrata, which was enhanced by the fresh flavours of broad beans, raw peas and yuzu-infused Arbequina olive oil, and sprinkled generously with dukkah and sea salt. My partner sampled the smoky wood-roast scallops served in the shell with sweet herb and garlic butter – the depth of flavour was incomparable. I followed with beautifully grilled lamb chops, served with arrocina beans, grelos, crispy sweetbreads and salsa verde – a seasonal feast for the senses. My companion opted for the arroz con caracoles: wood-baked snails presented atop bomba rice with wild hops, chorizo, parsley and garlic. It was a beautifully simple dish, but with unique and exciting flavours. Keen to try a side dish, we shared hispi cabbage flavoured with jamon iberico butter. We both remarked upon the freshness of our meals, which showcased the best locally sourced ingredients elevated by the perfect balance of fresh herbs and seasoning. The house red wine from La Mancha was the perfect tipple to accompany our feast. To conclude our meal in style, we sampled a selection of ice cream and sorbet that tasted as fresh as their primary ingredients, among which were pineapple, rhubarb, lemon and bay, fresh mint and chocolate chips. My personal favourite was the devilish Pedro Ximénez and raisin ice cream. With friendly staff, efficient service and exquisite dishes that are sure to inspire even the most discerning of foodies, Bristol Lido is an unrivalled dining destination waiting to be discovered.


Poco

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 Location 45 Jamaica Street, Bristol, BS2 8JP t: 0844 502 9323 w: www.pocotapasbar.com e: info@pocotapasbar.com Named Independent Restaurant of the Year at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good Awards 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 the 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.

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Symonds at Redwood  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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Symonds at Redwood is just a few minutes’ drive from Clifton, situated on the former site of the Redwood Hotel. Set in the peace of the countryside, the village is surrounded by 15 acres of landscaped gardens, and is the ideal setting for a quiet escape from the city. The minute guests arrive, they relax as they soak up the calm atmosphere. Although Symonds can be found in a luxury retirement village, you don’t have to live in the village to visit the bar and restaurant.

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Inside, contemporary decor meets English charm. Bottle-green chairs, polished wood tables, and mirrors and artwork dotted on the walls lend a simple, modern elegance, making dining here feel laid-back. The stylish atmosphere calls for food to match, and the sophisticated surroundings are echoed in the menu of fresh locally sourced, seasonal dishes. The modern menu has classic influences, while the bistro menu includes casual lunches, afternoon tea, cocktails and coffee. Both have been carefully put together. To start, home-cured beetroot salmon is paired with punchy horseradish, shallots and fennel, while the rabbit terrine comes with pea purée, pickled carrots and pea shoots. Local ingredients and European influences can be spotted in main dishes of pan-fried fillet of cod, which is enhanced by cauliflower purée, hazelnut beurre noisette and micro lemon balm, and the impressive belly pork served with black pudding purée, Parisienne potatoes and sweet cider sauce. There are a few vegetarian and gluten-free options, such as tartlet of sunblushed tomatoes with balsamic red onion, buffalo mozzarella and warm red pesto vinaigrette. From the all-day dining menu, guests can opt for sandwiches, light bites and classics such as chicken Caesar salad and Gem Bath ale-battered fish and chips with crushed mint garden peas.

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The garden and terrace are sublime spots in the summer and offer fantastic views best enjoyed with a glass of crisp wine from the excellent list. For a quiet getaway filled with fine food and drink, Symonds at Redwood is well worth a visit.


The Jetty

Modern European

 Location Bristol Harbour Hotel, 49-55 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT t: 0844 625 4038 w: www.harbourhotels.co.uk e: bristol.jetty@harbourhotels.co.uk

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If you’re exploring the quirky markets and charming shops of Bristol’s Old Town, you’ll want to complete your experience with a visit to The Jetty, a magnificent restaurant located in Bristol Harbour Hotel. Housed in two iconic former banks, it’s a welcome addition to one of Bristol’s most famous streets.

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We visited on a warm spring evening and as we stepped into the restaurant from the bustle of Corn Street we were enveloped by the serene ambience. Our cordial host led us to the Gold Bar, a suitably opulent space for a room that was once the bank manager’s private office. Its grand past is still evident, accentuated by opulent furnishings and elegant splashes of colour, while the bar itself displays an exhaustive selection of fine spirits framed by an open Art Deco surround. The cocktail menu perfectly infuses timeless classics with original and striking flavours. Nestled in a cosy nook, we sipped our cocktails while smooth melodies eased and echoed through the chambers. Moving through to the restaurant we took our seats next to the vast windows and watched the trickle of evening life pass through the historic old city. Elegant and comfortable with high ceilings and subtle nautical accents, The Jetty provides the perfect environment for diners. To start, I couldn’t resist the satisfyingly decadent cheese soufflé, which was beautifully light in texture with a rich cheese sauce. My partner was equally enthralled with his choice: an elegant plate of ginger-cured mackerel with pear, spelt soda bread and smoked butter. I followed with a mouth-watering breast of chicken with whole prawns served atop smoky pak choi and drizzled with beautiful lobster sauce, while my partner tucked into a sumptuously delicate hake fillet wrapped in prosciutto and served with shellfish marinière. We finished with the perfect tarte Tatin and a glorious sunken chocolate soufflé. Each dish was a symphony of exquisite flavours – the talent of the chefs was evident in every morsel. Service was utterly impeccable throughout the evening – our charismatic waiter achieved the perfect level of attentiveness, effortlessly weaving his way around the room making sure guests were at ease. This part of town is fast becoming a foodie hotspot, and there’s no doubt that The Jetty is the jewel in the crown.

Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-9pm

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The Cowshed  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 stunning Whiteladies Road, The Cowshed aims to give you an experience of great, honest food with an emphasis on locally sourced produce. Over the years The Cowshed has developed strong relationships with high-quality local producers and breeders since its doors first opened in 2009. The seasonal menu really showcases the flavours, colours and textures of first-class ingredients in an uncomplicated menu.

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‘...first-class ingredients...’ Sourcing meat exclusively through its sister company, Ruby & White, The Food Served: Cowshed is able to work directly with a range of West Country farms. This gives Mon-Thurs 8am-11.30am, The Cowshed the unique ability to trace the provenance of all its meat. Although noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; primarily renowned for the meat dishes served, the seasonal menus also offer Fri & Sat 8am-11.30pm, fresh seafood from the South West coast as well as pasta and vegetarian dishes. noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm; By using a trusted grocer, the team Sun 8am-8.30pm can constantly push and evolve the menu throughout the year. They also offer corporate packages with butchery demonstrations, and a party and Christmas menu for those looking to celebrate in style. If you’re visiting the cinema next door, why not pop in for an early-bird meal with a rump steak or burger plus chips and a drink priced at £10? There’s also a large breakfast selection to choose from to ensure a perfect start to your day.

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The Square  Location 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB t: 0844 502 0642 w: www.thesquareclub.com e: bookings@thesquareclub.com

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The Square Kitchen restaurant, serving modern British cuisine with an international twist, is situated at the top of Park Street in a Georgian townhouse. Adjoining a laid-back private members’ club for creatives, the restaurant is open to all. Dine in the elegant restaurant space or outside on the hidden terrace – perfect for all weather thanks to the sun umbrellas and heaters. The award-winning restaurant serves a seasonal menu, which is renewed quarterly and crafted from locally sourced produce. Options include an à la carte evening menu, a lighter lunch menu, and contemporary private dining menus to suit a range of occasions and budgets. With Somerset- and Gloucestershire-sourced meat, and fish from Brixham and St Ives day-boats, all produce is fresh, seasonal and responsibly procured.

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New for 2018, The Square Kitchen now offers a range of sharing steaks and grills, including the fish du jour throughout the week, as well as a delicious roast lunch on Sundays. Meanwhile, The Square’s barbecue and hog roast menus are perfectly suited to larger or casual gatherings at privately hired functions. The extensive wine list offers a range of New and Old World wines selected to complement the dishes, while the Lower Deck Cocktail Bar’s talented bartenders can create your favourite cocktail to kick-start your party or round off an evening. Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 7am-1am; Sun 8am-10pm

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Aztec Hotel & Spa

Modern British

 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 AA-rosette-awarded restaurant, where foodies can enjoy seasonal dishes freshly prepared by expert chefs. 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 early risers, the hotel’s a must, offering a selection of plates to suit all palates. Alternatively, if you prefer a lie-in, why not indulge in a Saturday Aztec brunch? For guests with a sweet-tooth, there are mouth-watering Belgian waffles served with berries, maple syrup and vanilla cream, if you prefer something savoury, choose the tasty eggs Benedict or toasted brioche bun with charred bacon rashers and a crispy fried duck egg. You can even add a glass of Prosecco for special celebrations. 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 beetroot risotto, confit garlic gnocchi and the delicious miso-glazed pork chop, which is accompanied by Asian greens. Grilled dishes also include a 28-day-aged rib-eye steak, a succulent bavette steak and a juicy chicken breast marinated with lemon and harissa. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, you could even stop by for a refined afternoon tea, complete with a selection of sandwiches and cakes. 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.

Food Served: Sun-Fri 2pm-5pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sat 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm

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Collage  Location Radisson Blu Hotel, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4BY t: 0844 502 9637 w: www.radissonblu.com e: info.bristol@radissonblu.com

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With spectacular views over the city’s beautiful harbourside, Collage restaurant is situated on the first floor of the impressive 17-storey Radisson Blu Hotel. The newly revamped concept is a modern British take on brasserie dining, with fantastic weekly specials and a seasonal à la carte offering of small plates, mains and sumptuous desserts. The Sunday roast here is also a must.

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Food Served: Mon-Fri 6.30am-10am, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 7am-10.30am, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 7am-10.30am, noon-2pm

As you settle down in the bright and contemporary restaurant, take a glance at the extensive drinks menu. The DIY G&T is a popular choice – bottled tonic and ingredients such as cucumber, mint and fresh raspberries are served in a crate so you can mix your gin and tonic to your liking and choose your garnishes. A large range of exclusive wine and bottled craft beer are also available alongside expertly created cocktails that utilise only premium branded ingredients – you won’t find any packet mixes here.

The à la carte menu boasts delightful starters such as avocado on toasted rye, and freshly prepared mains such as roasted garlic and rosemary chicken with chipotle mayo and fries. The two- or three-course weekly set menu is served daily and is ideal for theatre-goers, providing great value for money and taking advantage of the restaurant’s fantastic location, which is just a short walk from the city’s theatres. Modern British

No.4 Clifton Village  Location 4 Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HY t: 0844 502 5482 w: www.no4cliftonvillage.co.uk e: bookings@no4cliftonvillage.co.uk

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No.4 Clifton Village, is an AA-rosette-awarded restaurant. The head chef is known for designing outstanding seasonal menus using the freshest local produce. The restaurant has an array of weekly offers and discounts, which include Steak Monday and Bottomless Prosecco on a Thursday.

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‘...outstanding seasonal menus...’

Open: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 8am-10am

Along with enticing seasonal menus, No.4 has also carefully created a wine list to complement each dish. The selection incorporates vibrant and classic wines from all around the world. The venue itself is an idyllic Georgian building displaying many of its original features, with the addition of a custom-made jam jar chandelier with modern, regal decor to match. Within the venue, there are two main rooms for hire, The Galley Room and The Admiral Room, both of which are perfect for weddings and private events, and are ideal for taking advantage of the restaurant and bar.

The secret Georgian garden at the back of the venue is another hidden gem and makes a delightful addition to summer events at No.4. In keeping with its history and style, No.4 also offers a selection of afternoon tea packages and interactive gin tastings. There’s something for everyone at this charming dining destination. 12

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Racks Bar & Kitchen

Modern British

 Location St Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LX t: 0844 502 5491 w: www.racks-bristol.co.uk e: bookings@racks-bristol.co.uk

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Racks Bar & Kitchen is one of Bristol’s most unique venues. Once a wine cellar, Racks is now a spacious bar and restaurant offering fantastic food, a sunny terrace and an excellent selection of drinks. The venue features a roaring open fire in the winter months and comforting, rustic decor, making Racks the perfect place to dine whether you’re after a delicious breakfast or brunch, a generously priced lunch, an exclusive evening meal or one of the best Sunday roasts in Bristol. Don’t miss the fantastic weekly offers including Penny Pizza Tuesday, Pie One Get One Free on Wednesdays and £2.50 Prosecco during the week. Racks’ annual Christmas menu and mouth-watering summer menu are available for groups of up to 120. Due to the diverse venue space, Racks can host private events, such as wedding receptions, work socials, meetings and birthdays, as well as gin masterclasses.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; There’s a space for every occasion Fri & Sat 8am-midnight; and the team pride themselves Sun 8am-10.30pm on their adaptability – so don’t hesitate to enquire if you’re planning an event. The most sought-after area Racks offers is the Playroom, which includes a private bar with an outdoor heated terrace. Racks’ purpose-built meeting space, The Engine Room, is quickly becoming a popular out-of-office boardroom space for local businesses.

The Gallimaufry

Modern British

 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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Bristol’s Gloucester Road is home to a food and drink scene that’s uniquely vibrant, culturally diverse and almost exclusively independent. Drawing together food, drink, music and art, the award-wining Gallimaufry – or The Galli as regulars know it – is a steadfast part of that scene. Food at The Galli is nothing short of exemplary. Care is taken to use goods that are locally and ethically sourced, with focus kept on the provenance of the produce that arrives in the kitchen. The menu consists of bar snacks and simply composed main dishes bursting with flavour, ranging in price from £5 to £15. Menus change regularly, but a typical offering might include Tuscan-style chickpeas with cauliflower, harissa and onion seed bread; freshly landed Lyme Bay scallops with bacon, samphire and sorrel; or succulent chicken, rabbit and sweetcorn with rich black pudding tortellini. Order a few to share and supplement with a side or two, such as crunchy fennel-salted chips, fresh greens and bacon, or salt cod croquettes.

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Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight; Fri & Sat 11am-1am Food Served: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun noon-5pm

Cask ales and bottled ciders populate the bar. The house cocktail menu also sees regular revisions. Whenever you visit you can bank on an evening of easy-going vibes, outstanding food and drink and, more than likely, a bit of stellar entertainment – what’s not to love? *Price range represents the cost of three small plates and a drink. Bristol Guide 2018

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Grey’s Brasserie at Whatley Manor

 Location Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB t: 01666 822888 w: www.whatleymanor.com e: reservations@whatleymanor.com Grey’s Brasserie re-opened last year after a full refurbishment that gave it a completely modern and stylish new look. Head to Grey’s on Saturday morning for a sparkling brunch, or order from the à la carte menu, which showcases comforting British fare at its finest. You might like to start with sausage roll with spicy tomato butter beans, or French onion soup with Roquefort croutons before a main course of roasted Cornish Pollack in a seaweed butter sauce, or perhaps a Ruby & White hot-stone steak. For dessert, plump for the delectable profiterole with chocolate sauce, white chocolate ice cream and hazelnuts. The Kitchen Garden Terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining in the summer. On Sunday, the roast is ideal after exploring the surrounding countryside; alternatively, relax with live jazz while you dine before heading to Whatley’s own cinema. Another string to Whatley’s bow is the newly added Green Room, a vibrant foodie hub that hosts regular guest chef and wine evenings.

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Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 7pm-10pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 7pm-10pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10pm British

The Travellers Rest

 Location Pensford Hill, Pensford, Bristol, BS39 4JF t: 0844 502 9763 e: info@travellersrest-pensford.co.uk Located just seven miles south of Bristol’s 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. 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. The chef understands what customers want, and is happy to discuss substitutions for special dietary requirements. Perhaps you’ll start with grilled goat’s cheese with tomato, basil and red onion chutney, followed by locally sourced rib-eye steak or one of the homemade burgers. For dessert, it doesn’t get much better than homemade cheesecake of the day. A large conservatory overlooks the Chew Valley and affords diners stunning views.

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Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-8pm British

The Blaise Restaurant

 Location Best Western Henbury Lodge Hotel, Station Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QQ t: 0844 625 4039 w: www.bw-henburylodgehotel.co.uk e: info@henburyhotel.com The Blaise Restaurant can be found within a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian building, and isn’t too far from Bristol’s city centre. The stunning Blaise Castle Estate is right on its doorstep, providing the perfect excuse for a deserving dinner after a long stroll around the estate. Diners will be impressed with the small but perfectly formed menu, which changes monthly to make the most of local seasonal produce. Expect to find dishes like prosciutto and peach served with shaved Parmesan and rocket, and salmon served with fresh salsa verde on a bed of asparagus. All this can be had in the dining room, which is bright with a stunning chandelier hanging from the high ceiling. The full breakfasts are what everyone talks about after staying at the hotel, with meat sourced from local farms and free-range eggs cooked just how you like them. You can hire The Blaise Restaurant for a number of private functions, and the service provided is always exceptional. Please note reservations are required for restaurant visits.

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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.

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‘...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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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.

AHh Toots This charming stall showcases the very best of baked goods, including sausage rolls, bacon sandwiches, veggie sausage sandwiches, 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.

Sausage Station For years now Sausage Station has been the place to go in Bristol for top-quality sausages, whether you’re looking for Gloucestershire Old Spot or something more unusual like smoky maple syrup sausages. Take a selection home for dinner or treat yourself to a piping-hot serving of bangers and mash for lunch.

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 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

Famed for its low-and-slow American-style barbecue that’s carefully smoked overnight, the Grillstock crew knows how to entice meat-eaters. Expect classic 18-hour-smoked pulled pork rolls and beef brisket rolls, alongside daily specials and homemade mac and cheese.

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.

Portuguese Taste

Brozen

Grillstock

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.

With their unique-recipe liquid nitrogen ice cream, the friendly team at Brozen can whip up a batch of smooth and creamy gelato before your very eyes. The shelter of The Glass Arcade means it’s always the weather for a frozen treat. They also serve amazing homemade galettes with a range of sweet and savoury toppings.


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.

South Arcade

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.

Exchange Hall & Avenue

Corn Street, Mon 10am-3pm

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 2JQ Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm


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The Black Swan  Location 92 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3SP t: 0844 625 3765 w: www.blackswanwot.co.uk e: theblackswan1@hotmail.co.uk

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Affectionately known as The Dirty Duck by its loyal legion of local visitors, The Black Swan is a friendly village pub located in Westbury-on-Trym. With Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co. at the helm, The Black Swan’s new offering of wholesome £20 to British fare and real ale is sure to entice. We were delighted to sample the new £25 menu that chef Liam Pitts has put together. Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly team and shown to a cosy table in the venue’s secluded dining area to the rear of the pub. As we ordered pints of Dartmoor IPA, we were pleased to overhear that the food offering has been well received – the pub previously served meals at lunchtime only. The new menu didn’t disappoint; each dish was homemade, attractively presented, and generously proportioned. The menu was concise and unpretentious, featuring flavoursome starters such Open: Mon-Thurs as pork, apple and sage sausage roll with balsamic onion marmalade. We also noon-11pm; Fri & Sat sampled the chilli cheese chips: a devilish portion of steak-cut chips topped with noon-11.30pm; slow-cooked beef, pancetta, chilli Sun noon-10.30pm and melted cheese. Food Served: Mon-Sat Whatever you choose to eat, you noon-9pm; Sun noon-4pm won’t go hungry. The Dirty Duck burger comprised all of my favourite burger toppings in one. Think two 8oz beef patties stacked with chilli, bacon, blue cheese and onion rings. For many, the measure of a good pub is its fish and chips. Boasting beautifully crisp Wickwar beer batter, my partner’s fish was soft and flaky and the chips well seasoned. This is traditional pub food at its best. British

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.

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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 perused the menu and admired the mix of quirky and traditional decor. The Open: Mon-Thurs 4pm-11pm; main menu changes daily and offers a selection of delicious options. Wherever Fri & Sat noon-midnight; possible, the produce has been sourced from local suppliers on Gloucester Sun noon-11pm 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. 18

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The Wheatsheaf

British

 Location Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ t: 0844 625 6269 w: www.wheatsheafthornbury.co.uk e: russellcamp@blueyonder.co.uk

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An award-winning public house, The Wheatsheaf is a thriving pub that’s been under the helm of its current owners for almost 20 years. A mainstay in the charming town of Thornbury, The Wheatsheaf has a fantastic reputation for its drinks range, which includes four real ales, including a regularly changing guest beer, and a number of draught ciders. Above all, this is a traditional English pub – take a seat and soak in the atmosphere, or enjoy a game of darts or pool in the games room.

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£23

‘...award-winning public house…’ The menu is hard to beat, with plenty of tasty light bites on offer alongside distinct selections from the land and the sea. Classics such as gammon steak with egg and chips, gourmet steak burgers, and beer-battered fish and chips Food Served: sit alongside a varied selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan options, Mon-Sat noon-3pm, including an Oriental vegan burger 5pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm and veggie bangers – made with sweet potato and smoky squash – and mash. To make your decision even more difficult, the other homemade dishes and specials prove equally tempting – a hearty cottage pie is guaranteed to hit the spot, while a Parmesan-topped spaghetti Bolognese is a firm favourite with both adults and kids. If you’re looking to unwind after work, The Wheatsheaf has you covered – guests get 50p off all draught pints between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays.

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

GR The Gloucester Old Spot invites you to enjoy a warm welcome and exceptionally good cuisine. A real family establishment, you’ll find friendly staff, a buzzy ambience and a spacious garden for little ones to play in. The dining room £19 to is light and bright, with one wall of French windows and another decorated £22 with small oval mirrors. Artistically mismatched furniture and industrial chic touches like exposed bulb lighting give the room quirky individuality. We visited on a beautiful summer evening and sat in the beer garden – a characterful spot with vibrant parasols and a large mural of hot air balloons. My companion couldn’t resist sampling the salt, pepper and chilli squid and found it deliciously meaty with nicely crisp batter, while I enjoyed creamy sweet potato, miso and orange soup. Flavoursome confit duck leg with juicy red cabbage and roasted carrots and parsnips in a sweet orange and anise jus followed. My companion chose duck breast in a balsamic reduction, with Food Served: Mon-Sat beautifully rich chorizo and wild 9am-11.45am, noon-3pm, mushroom risotto. Our meals were 5pm-9pm; Sun noon-8pm accompanied by Boondoggle ale and a delightful Psychopomp gin and tonic with orange and juniper berries. To round off our evening we chose two scrumptious puddings. The chocolate mud cake was rich and gooey, with honeycomb flakes and warm chocolate sauce. The white chocolate and blueberry cheesecake was light and smooth, adorned with dried kiwi spheres and paired with sharp rhubarb compote. Bristol Guide 2018

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

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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 to Bristol’s burgeoning foodie scene with delicious locally sourced and homemade fare. £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 Open: Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; chips and a zesty watercress salad. My partner opted for a melt-in-the-mouth spring lamb shank, braised in tomato and red wine sauce, and paired with duck fat and Thurs 11am-midnight; rosemary roast potatoes. We didn’t Fri & Sat 11am-12.30am; want to miss out so plumped for a Sun noon-10.30pm 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.

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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 Socks and Sandals, Shaft, White Trash and Pasty Git, 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.

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£23

Open: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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 the 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 from the selection of small plates? 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. 20

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River Cottage Kitchen Bristol

British

 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 delicious, unique food in a wonderfully restored Grade II listed church building in Clifton. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the team serves delicious food in a relaxed ambience. You can pop in for coffee and cake, or local beer or cider throughout the day.

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£25

The team at River Cottage uses the very best local, responsibly sourced and seasonal ingredients to create delicious menus that reflect their passion and commitment to food provenance. Fresh seasonal vegetables are always at the heart of the cooking – including on the children’s menu. The free-range, organic and wild meats are sourced from farms they know and trust, 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: times 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.

Papa’s

Seafood

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

WS Taking pride of place in the charming seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Papa’s enjoys an unbeatable reputation in the Bristol and North Somerset area. Owner Adam Papa took the reins of this multi-award-winning restaurant 25 years ago and £15 to strives to provide high-quality, traditional fish dishes to locals and tourists alike. The £18 first thing we noticed on arrival was how immaculately clean the tastefully decorated dining room was. Specials boards adorn the walls detailing the latest catch and drawing attention to the wine selection, and the waiting staff were abundant. The kitchen area is partially in view, so we were able to watch the efficient operation of the team in action. The restaurant’s varied menu caters for all tastes with fish-based dishes Open: complemented by a range of burgers and steaks. We opted for the Anglesey Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm chargrilled sea bass and an extra large cod, both of which truly lived up to the hype. (last takeaway orders 10.30pm) For dessert we ordered ice cream from the board, although a separate full dessert menu was also available. Papa’s boasts special offers for children and senior citizens, as well as special deals at certain times of the day. The fish and chips are exceptional, so whether you take a seat or grab a take away, you’ll enjoy freshly made, delicious, value-for-money meals – it’s easy to see why they’ve gained so many mentions in the likes of The Telegraph and The Guardian and have been voted the best independent fish restaurant in the South West by independent reviewers and Daily Mirror readers. For 2018, Papa’s has retained a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a five-star hygiene rating. Bristol Guide 2018

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0844 625 6379 | sam@thebristolcookhouse.co.uk www.thebristolcookhouse.co.uk | 405 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8TS

The Bristol Cookhouse is an independent foodie events space and cookery school at the top of Gloucester Road. Run by nutritional chefs for private parties, corporate socials, family gatherings and more, the venue is intentionally versatile so you can make it yours, whether you’re looking for casual canapés or sit-down dining. Located upstairs, the food studio includes individual cooking stations for up to ten people. Private off-site catering is also available to make your Owner Sam has a event something background as a to remember. high-end private chef,

and holds a BSc and Masters in nutrition. Limited private nutrition consultations are available. Get in contact to find out more.

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The Old House at Home

Gastropub

 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. 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.

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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The White Horse  Location 24 High Street, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3DZ t: 0844 625 4413 w: www.thewhitehorsewestbury.com e: info@thewhitehorsewestbury.com

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Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-4pm

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In the heart of peaceful Westbury-on-Trym, a fresh and elegant take on the British pub has emerged. Following extensive refurbishment in the spring of 2018, The White Horse has been lovingly transformed into one of the most inspiring eateries on the area’s budding food scene under the expert guidance of proprietor Frazer Tompkins. Upon entering the pub, we were delighted to find a focus on modern interior design, with dark blue walls and a polished copper bar, stylish wine racks and the original low ceilings that add to the cosy ambience. It’s a lovely spot for a relaxed drink, and a snug fairy-lit nook doubles as a gin bar, where a diverse offering is available. The pretty outside seating area provides a lovely suntrap in fine weather. Just a few steps above the bar area, you’ll find a bright and spacious dining area. Large windows let in plenty of natural light and wooden tabletops and floorboards give it a French bistro-style ambience. We settled into relaxed surrounds and I sipped a gin and tonic served with a slice of grapefruit as we perused the impressive and concise menu. Head chef Kelly Sealey’s accomplished use of fresh seasonal ingredients, some of which she forages herself, makes for an exciting approach to pub dining that exceeds all expectations. I started with chargrilled Padrón peppers and sumptuous whipped goat’s cheese served with pickled shallots and toast, while my companion plumped for the delicately spiced barbecue lamb ribs served with rhubarb mustard. Both were a feast for the eyes and provided the perfect start to a memorable meal. A crisp white wine was the perfect accompaniment. My partner’s White Horse burger comprised two beef and bacon patties topped with cheese and served with chunky chips. I tried the daily fish special: a stunning plate of steamed lemon sole enhanced by homemade elderflower Hollandaise, a light and crisp elderflower fritter, charred green tomatoes and baby gem lettuce. The subtle flavours in this innovative dish were a perfect match for the delicate fish – a true testament to the talent of the chef. Desserts of bread and butter pudding with spiced custard, and malted chocolate cream with brown butter and Caramac shards left a lasting impression. We can’t wait to return and sample more of Kelly’s uniquely creative cuisine.


The Rising Sun

Gastropub

 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 boasts an intimate and cosy ambience in the evening, but the same warm and friendly welcome is to be expected whenever you visit.

‘...an intimate and cosy ambience...’ 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.

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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The Bear & Swan  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.

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

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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.


Glassboat Brasserie

Brasserie

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

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Walking along the attractive cobbled Welsh Back at dusk, your eye can’t help but be drawn by the lights of Glassboat Brasserie reflected on the water. From our table at the front of the boat, the floor-to-ceiling glass frontage offered stunning views of Bristol’s iconic Floating Harbour. We admired the sunset over aperitifs: for me a Paris Spritz – a refreshing combination of sparkling wine and elderflower, and for my companion a Knightor – sweet red wine with a delightfully sharp undertone of vermouth. To start I opted for the duck liver and foie gras parfait – light and velvety-smooth, it was perfectly complemented by gherkins, sweet and juicy pickled prunes, and toasted sourdough. My companion selected the crisp white asparagus with lashings of creamy Hollandaise, beautifully offset by salty Bayonne ham. For the main event I tucked into 42-day-aged rump of Devon beef, which was juicy, incredibly succulent and perfectly seasoned. The steak was served in a rich peppercorn sauce and accompanied by flavoursome chips cooked in duck fat – they were perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. My companion’s light whole lemon sole served in lemon butter was flaky and fell off the bone. It was accompanied by crisp, salty marsh samphire. As the light outside faded, candles were lit, creating a warm, intimate ambience. Coupled with the French chanson-style music in the background, it’s no wonder Glassboat is said to be the most romantic restaurant in Bristol. We finished our evening with two timeless puddings. For me it had to be the rich, gooey chocolate fondant, sprinkled with praline nut brittle and served with salted caramel ice cream. The chocolate oozed out, filling the plate and melding with the ice cream to form an indulgent sauce. My companion couldn’t resist the frangipane tart with Sauternes-stewed pear and vanilla ice cream. The pear was perfectly chilled – it was a sweet, refreshing combination with crispy pastry and flaked almonds sprinkled on top. Overall, we were enchanted by the Glassboat Brasserie – with charismatic, personable staff, delectable food, and such a striking setting, it’s like a little piece of Paris in the heart of Bristol.

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Browns Brasserie & Bar  Location 38 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1RE t: 0844 502 0462 w: www.browns-restaurants.co.uk e: bristol@brownsrestaurants.co.uk

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Bar Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; Fri & Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-10.30pm Restaurant Open: Sun-Thurs 9am-10pm; Fri & Sat 9am-11pm

The opulent yet relaxed style of Browns calls to mind the chic brasseries of Paris, but the menu showcases the best modern British cuisine around. We visited on a Thursday night and were impressed by the elegant ambience. We quickly took our seats and ordered our mains of lobster risotto with Parmesan, chives, courgette and lemon, and slow-cooked salted pork belly, accompanied by a savoury apple pie, buttered green beans, mash, crackling and red wine jus. Before our show-stopping mains arrived, we shared a sumptuous starter of whole baked Somerset Camembert with warm toasted bread, and tomato and rhubarb chutney. The food was exquisite and served by friendly, unobtrusive staff.

The following weekend, I had reason to celebrate so booked a table at Browns for afternoon tea – this is an establishment that oozes understated glamour, so I knew it would be ideal. We enjoyed a glass of Champagne alongside a pot of tea, and eagerly tucked into the elegant stand of treats before us. The miniature brioche roll sandwiches were delightful, as were the freshly baked scones. For me, the showstopper was the salted caramel profiterole, but my friend is still rhapsodising over the elderflower and gin posset. Whatever the occasion, Browns is a superb choice – as long as you’re looking to be wined and dined in style. Brasserie

Brasserie Blanc  Location The Friary Building, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3DF t: 0844 502 5463 w: www.brasserieblanc.com e: bristol@brasserieblanc.com

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In pretty Quakers Friars at the heart of Bristol city’s shopping quarter, Brasserie Blanc is tucked away in a stunning Grade I listed medieval building. The interior is a calm oasis decorated with muted tones and select vintage pieces – just the place to unwind after a day’s shopping. The new terrace area is a verdant spot in which to dine al fresco.

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The style is classic French with Mediterranean influences, and the menu changes every six months in keeping with the best of the season’s ingredients. There is a range of menus to choose from including an extensive à la carte, a Sunday roast, a prix-fixe menu and daily changing chef’s specials. You might start proceedings with the likes of pea, mint and marjoram soup, before tucking into a delicious main course. Pan-fried Cornish sole with kale is a light dish Open: Mon-Thurs noon-10pm; full of fresh seafood flavours, while confit pork leg is a brilliant example of Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm; Brasserie Blanc’s classic culinary Sun noon-4pm flair. A spinach and curly endive salad with Jervaulx blue cheese dressing and croutons, followed by spring vegetable risotto, makes for an enticing seasonal choice. You’ll find it hard to resist dessert with the likes of orange and almond cake with orange sauce on offer – utterly mouth-watering. Brasserie Blanc offers French sophistication for every occasion, from lunch through to dinner and tipples at the cocktail bar. 28

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Aquila

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 Location Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1NR t: 0844 502 5478 w: www.aquila-restaurant.com e: bookings@aquila-restaurant.com

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Taking its name from the Latin word for eagle, this sophisticated restaurant on Baldwin Street has soared to great heights since opening in October 2014, including being named Bristol’s Best Modern European Restaurant at the Good Food Awards. Aquila is all about offering authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, and a luxurious environment in which to enjoy it.

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My partner and I arrived for lunch on a Sunday afternoon and were impressed as we entered, not only by the opulent decor, but by the delicious and inviting aroma of the food. We followed the waiter through the bright and spacious dining room, noting the cream-coloured walls adorned with hexagonal mirrors, polished wooden tables furnished with sparkling wine glasses and a large open kitchen at the back of the room where a team of chefs was busy at work. Sitting comfortably at our table in the middle of the restaurant, we enjoyed aperitifs of Prosecco and Tanqueray gin and tonic while perusing the extensive menu. It offers a wealth of choice, with delights ranging from home-baked breads, antipasti and salads to pasta dishes, pizza and meat- and fish-based mains. Following the waiter’s recommendation, we began with a selection of antipasti, which included diced aubergine and cherry tomatoes served atop crusty Altamura bread, battered calamari with creamy alioli, and wafer-thin slices of silky salami. Thoroughly impressed by the fresh flavours and exquisite presentation, we couldn’t wait to tuck into the following course and were delighted when our mains arrived at the table. My lamb was enhanced by a Parmesan and mint crust and sticky red wine reduction, and paired with crushed new potatoes. It was beautifully tender, and disappeared rather quickly. Meanwhile, my partner tucked into ragu Napoletano, which comprised al dente tagliatelle with slow-cooked beef and pork in rich tomato and onion sauce. The sommelier’s wine recommendation – a light yet fragrant red – proved an excellent match for both dishes. Feeling nicely full after our mains, we chose to share a dessert of sweet ricotta-filled cannoli, drizzled in zingy syrup – a sweet yet refreshing end to a truly delectable meal. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from both the Hippodrome and Bristol Old Vic, Aquila is perfectly placed for pre- and post-theatre meals as well as being a wonderful place to enjoy fine Italian food any day of the week.

Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-9.30pm

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Zerodegrees  Location 53 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BA t: 0844 502 5271 w: www.zerodegrees.co.uk e: bristol@zerodegrees.co.uk

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It’s great to see award-winning pizza restaurant Zerodegrees still so popular, having opened 11 years ago. As champions of fresh beer, it was lovely to see all walks of life enjoying the beer that’s brewed on-site when we visited recently.

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We began at the bar, where the brewery behind is visible and brilliantly impactful, while sipping chilled Pilsner. After our refreshing drinks, we grabbed a table in the restaurant, tempted over by the wonderful aromas from the kitchen. I plumped for a beer and a pizza, while my friend tucked into a pot of fresh mussels. There is a great variety of pizza available, so you’re sure to find one that’ll have you returning again and again. Mine was topped with Peking duck, and was just as delicious as when I devoured it last. My friend was equally taken with her mussels, which we were informed are delivered daily.

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The brewery itself provides a spectacular backdrop, with the tall steel brewing tanks and serving tanks all visible. There is also a large upstairs area that offers a different perspective and is worth checking out. Thanks to the venue’s various drinking and dining areas, visitors can return time and again and always have a different experience. Whether you choose to sit outside on the balcony along the famous Christmas Steps or upstairs in the al fresco dining area when the sun is shining, Zerodegrees promises an excellent experience. Open: Mon-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-11pm

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Bosco Pizzeria  Location 96 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QX t: 0844 502 9821  Location 29 Regent Street, Bristol, BS8 4HR t: 0844 502 9824 w: www.boscopizzeria.co.uk e: info@boscopizzeria.co.uk

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With two stylish restaurants in Bristol, one on lively Whiteladies Road and the other in picturesque Clifton Village, Bosco Pizzeria’s unique offering of regional Italian gastronomy and traditional wood-fired dishes is worth stopping for. Both of these inviting, spacious restaurants achieve a seamless blend of contemporary and classic styling that speaks to a broad range of diners.

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As you settle down at your table, you’ll notice the high-energy atmosphere and buzz of chatter that affords the venue a social, welcoming feel. The friendly staff are particularly informed when it comes to wine pairings, which comes in handy when the extensive menu of regional Italian varieties has you spoilt for choice. All of Bosco’s delectable dishes are homemade and inspired by traditional recipes from all over Italy. For a beautiful seafood starter, plump for the Sicilian-style octopus with datterino tomatoes, garlic, coriander and chilli – an authentic Mediterranean treat. Perhaps you’ll follow with the porchetta: Middle White pork, slow-cooked the Italian way, and served with mostarda and crackling. For dessert, try the sumptuous zeppole, Italian-style doughnuts served with lemon curd – a wonderful end to a memorable dining experience. With its unrivalled quality of food and jovial atmosphere, Bosco Pizzeria is the perfect choice for special occasions as well as relaxed family dinners. Open: Mon-Sun noon-10pm

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Al Fresco

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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. 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. Favourites include the rustic mushroom risotto finished with cream, Parmesan and herbs; fresh Mediterranean sea bass with mussels and king prawns poached in white wine, lemon juice and garlic; and pan-roasted monkfish wrapped in Parma ham served on a bed of lemony mash and accompanied by an assortment of fresh veg. The various steaks always go down a treat, as do classic pasta dishes such as lamb ragout tagliatelle and seafood spaghetti. 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. The portions are hearty and rich but you’ll want to leave room for pud. You can’t go wrong with the amaretto tiramisu comprising Savoiardi sponge fingers doused in coffee liqueur and layered with a dreamy amaretto and mascarpone cream. The wine and Champagne selection is just as important as the food – you’ll find plenty of options alongside a choice of beer, cider, spirits and soft drinks. Whatever the occasion, you’re sure to enjoy your visit.

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 Location 64 Main Road, Cleeve, Nr. Bristol, BS49 4PF t: 0844 625 3381 w: www.alfrescocleeve.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sun noon-11pm  Location 124 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3RJ t: 0844 625 3382 w: www.alfrescowestburyontrym.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sun noon-11pm

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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 as it is authentically Italian.

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

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.

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Florence Restaurant  Location 31 Oxford Street, Bristol, BS3 4RJ t: 0844 625 6296 w: www.florencelounge.co.uk e: info@florencelounge.co.uk

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Florence Restaurant has revolutionised Bristol’s Italian cuisine offering. Since the restaurant’s opening, the talented kitchen brigade has worked hard to channel a passion for fine food into a menu that’s bursting with authentic Italian dishes crafted from the finest ingredients.

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‘...bursting with authentic Italian dishes crafted from the finest ingredients...’ Every day, the breads and sauces underpinning the menu are freshly prepared, making for exceptionally delicious meals. The pizzas are different from your average takeaway; each one is prepared to DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata – standards and cooked in a wood-burning oven, ensuring its Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm authenticity. Topping choices range from a classic pepperoni to aromatic duck, and vegetarians can enjoy a delicious Vegetariana. The pasta dishes are equally tempting – the creamy carbonara is sure to get your mouth watering, while arrabiata offers some light spice – and the juicy burgers are bound to satisfy a craving for something indulgent. Younger diners can select a dish from their own exclusive menu, which lists kids’ spaghetti, penne with tomato sauce, chicken strips and fish fingers. Finally, wash your meal down with a glass of delicious Italian wine and finish with a scrumptious dessert. 32

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2 Courses 15.5 | 3 Courses 18.5 A choice of striploin of beef, slow-roasted belly of pork or chicken with homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables & all the trimmings. Served all day Sunday.

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Franco Manca

 Location 16-22 Clare Street, Bristol, BS1 1YG t: 0844 625 3920 w: www.francomanca.co.uk e: askus@francomanca.co.uk We stopped by Franco Manca’s new venture in Bristol and pulled up a pew by the open kitchen, where we could see chefs busy working the famed sourdough that’s put this pizza restaurant on the culinary map. The sourdough is made with a 200-year-old starter culture from Naples and takes 20-30 hours to rise before being kneaded and stretched, covered with delicious toppings and blasted in the custom-made oven. The result is astounding. While our toppings of Gloucester Old Spot ham, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta and wild mushrooms were delicious, the dough itself was a treat in its own right. The accompanying selection of organic wine was both delicious and interesting. Like everything else, the team behind Franco Manca takes a personal approach to their wine, working directly with small organic wine producers in Italy.

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Planet Pizza

 Location 187 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BG t: 0844 625 3814 w: www.planetpizza.co.uk Planet Pizza situated on Gloucester Road is an independent, family-run restaurant offering themed pizzas such as Saturn topped with herby sausage, smoky bacon, pan-fried mushrooms and fried onion rings, and Capricorn scattered with goat’s cheese, caramelised onions and fresh rocket. Thin bases created from freshly made dough are generously topped with seasonal produce that’s locally sourced where possible. You’ll find plenty of options for vegan and gluten-free diners along with salads and sides for those who fancy a light bite. Spend sunny evenings sipping a local craft beer or glass of wine on the terrace, or cosy up inside with a hot drink if the weather doesn’t play ball. Brunch is served from 11am until 3pm every day and includes Planet breakfasts, smashed avocado and ciabatta rolls – the perfect hangover cure.

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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.

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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 71-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 ranging from chorizo, salami and anchovies to artichokes, mushrooms and olives. 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.

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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 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. *Price range represents the cost of a pizza, side and a drink.  Location Museum Street, Bristol, BS1 6ZA t: 0844 625 6272 Open: Wed-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm (hours vary seasonally)  Location 2 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5HS t: 0844 625 6267 Open: Mon-Sun noon-10pm  Location 289 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8NY t: 0844 625 6270 Open: Tues-Sun noon-10pm

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Flour & Ash  Location 203b Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5QX t: 0844 625 3468 w: www.flourandash.co.uk e: contact@flourandash.co.uk

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Flour & Ash has been pleasing locals for over three years with its simple ethos of buying the best ingredients and cooking them with care using a wood oven for the majority of the cooking. Sourdough pizzas are the main event and are supported £15 to by a short list of seasonal starters and ice cream, which are all made in-house. £20 From the open kitchen, favourite pizzas such as the ox cheek and red wine ragù, topped with Béchamel and Parmesan, and Wye Valley asparagus, artichokes, Harbourne Blue and mint, arrive at zinc tables packed with regulars. It’s no wonder they’ve recently scooped the award for Best Pizza in Bristol at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2018. The early-evening deal offers great value for money – grab any pizza before 6.30pm (6pm weekends) and pay just £9. The express lunch deal includes a delicious Margherita and a hot drink or Coke for just £6 (Sunday to Thursday). Open: The crew behind Flour & Ash are Mon-Weds noon-9.30pm; huge supporters of local food Thurs-Sat noon-10pm; culture, and it shows. Independent wine merchant Grape & Grind Sun noon-9pm supplies all of the wine and is located just up the road; gin is distilled on Cotham Hill, and only beer from local Bristol breweries is served. Expect to see collaborations with local foodies, such as authors Clare Thomson and Genevieve Taylor and Bristol cheesemonger Rosie Morgan, for exciting monthly specials. 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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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. 36

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New Moon Tapas

Tapas

 Location 9 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4DP t: 0844 625 3864 w: www.newmoontapas.co.uk e: hello@newmoontapas.co.uk

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New Moon Tapas is a wonderfully intimate, family-run establishment in the heart of Clifton Village. Passionate owner and chef Takvor transports diners around the world through his unique interpretation of globally-inspired tapas dishes.

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We called in on a warm evening, taking in the calm atmosphere as we stepped inside. Flickering candles, easy-going music and softly lit lamps made for a perfectly cosy setting. With gin cocktails in hand, we chose a range of dishes from the selection of much-loved classics and more unusual modern dishes.

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The highly recommended aubergine rolls stuffed with soft goat’s cheese, sundried Open: Mon & Tues tomatoes and basil mousse, punctuated with chilli and pickles, arrived first. Precisely 5pm-11pm; Weds & Thurs cooked crabcakes enhanced by lemongrass, coriander, ginger and a sweet chilli dip noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; soon followed, as did the creamy seafood risotto teamed with squid ink tuile. Each Fri & Sat noon-11pm dish was beautifully presented and the quality of the produce intrinsically apparent in every morsel. Clearing space, we then delved into classic crispy patatas bravas with homemade smoky tomato salsa, which soon disappeared, as did the robust Rioja-style chorizo. For dessert, the creamy no-bake chocolate cheesecake was given a kick with boozy amaretto and Kahlua, and the refreshingly tart Bulgarian yoghurt came with sweet honey and walnuts. With fortnightly changing specials exploring a different country’s cuisine, there’s always an excuse to return to sample delights at New Moon Tapas – no passport needed. *Price range represents the cost of three tapas dishes and a drink.

The Olive Shed

Mediterranean

 Location Princes Wharf, Bristol, BS1 4RN t: 0844 625 6252 w: www.theoliveshed.com e: info@theoliveshed.com

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The Olive Shed’s faultless food, delightful staff (chef profile page 63) and rustic Mediterranean vibe has seen this independent gem placed at the top of many a food-loving Bristolian’s list. Set in the heart of Bristol’s historic harbour, The Olive Shed undoubtedly boasts one of the best views in Bristol. Opt for a table in the outside dining area on a sunny evening and you’ll find yourself gazing in awe as the sun sets over the floating harbour.

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The food offering is no less impressive. A range of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options make up the tapas section of the menu. Highly recommended tapas dishes include the sumptuous six-hour-braised lamb shoulder with cumin, dates and Open: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; capers, salt fish fritters with aioli, and fennel-cured belly pork with braised little gem. A range of larger plates are also available, along with the popular Ocean and Sun 11pm-4pm Earth comprising whole baked market fish, aged rib-eye steak, gambas, salad and potatoes. The Olive Shed also offers outside catering in the form of a delicious buffet menu for corporate lunches, weddings and other events. When the effortlessly authentic Mediterranean feel and great service are added to the equation, it’s easy to see why The Olive Shed is so highly regarded by locals and visitors alike. A visit to this unique gem is an absolute must. *Price range represents the cost of three tapas dishes and a glass of house wine. Bristol Guide 2018

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Wahaca Bristol  Location 70-78 Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1QU t: 0844 625 4046 w: www.wahaca.co.uk e: bristol@wahaca.co.uk

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Wahaca’s fresh Mexican street food brings the vibrant flavours of the Mexican markets to the UK, using locally sourced ingredients to recreate Mexico’s mouth-watering flavours. The balanced menu focuses on small plates to share, which are just as colourful as the surroundings. Choose two or three plates and pick from dishes such as grilled chicken and avocado tacos, toasted quesadillas with cheese and a range of Mexican fillings, or salad-topped tostadas.

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Bigger plates come in the form of burritos filled with the likes of slow-cooked pork pibil, as well as salads and new Mexican bowls with layers of rice, beans, salsa and flavour-packed toppings. For those unfamiliar with Mexican cuisine, Wahaca has set menus that make it easy to choose the most popular dishes. The menu also features plenty of vegetarian, vegan and Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; gluten-free choices and great Sun noon-10.30pm lunch options, including a Mexican bowl and a drink for those looking for a quick and healthy meal for one. The atmosphere is fun, upbeat and friendly, and the space caters well for big groups as well as solo diners. Playful interiors complement walls filled with local artist Will Barras’ signature urban art.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill  Location DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House, Frost Hill, Congresbury, BS49 5AD t: 0844 502 5485 w: www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk e: info@mpwsteakhousebristol.co.uk The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is one of the finest eateries in the region. The venue boasts an elegant dining room and bar alongside its unique Garden Room conservatory, which offers panoramic views across the North Somerset countryside and a fully retractable roof for al fresco dining.

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Located within the DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House hotel just outside Bristol, Marco’s restaurant has his personality stamped all over it, with elegant furnishings and classically British food and drinks. With the launch of a new menu in summer 2018, the restaurant offers everything you’d expect from a traditional steakhouse and all dishes are made using the finest seasonal Open: ingredients sourced from local South West suppliers. Steak remains at the heart Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm, of the menu but many classic dishes also feature, reflecting Marco’s passion for 5.30pm-10pm; simplicity. Cocktails and speciality Sun 12.30pm-9pm drinks also feature heavily; with an Afternoon Tea Served: outdoor terrace and conservatory Mon-Sun 2.30pm-4.30pm with spectacular views, guests can enjoy drinks and snacks all year round. The setting is perfect for intimate affairs, small gatherings and large celebrations. Available to hire for private events, private dining, parties and wedding receptions, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is the perfect backdrop for memories to be made. 38

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The Burger Joint

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 w: www.theburgerjoint.co.uk The Burger Joint on Bristol’s famous Whiteladies Road is a first-rate independent restaurant that’s earned an enviable reputation for serving some of the best burgers Bristol. Thanks to the passion of owner Dan Bekhradnia and the delicious, unique burgers served, The Burger Joint has grown to three restaurants within Bristol. Taking our seats outside, we joined the revellers soaking up the sun and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. I sipped an elderflower and mint presse – the perfect refreshment for a warm summer’s evening – while my partner selected a Fortitude ale from local brewer Bristol Beer Factory, a smooth amber ale with deliciously robust flavours. The Burger Joint’s concept is simple: create your own bespoke burger using their unique tick list menu to select your ingredients – there’s a fantastic selection for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Produce is sourced from top Bristol suppliers including Ruby & White butchers, which can be found just opposite The Burger Joint on Whiteladies Road, and provenance is at the heart of everything the team does.

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To kick things off we shared a mountainous pile of nachos, loaded with fresh guacamole, sour cream, piquant salsa, jalapeños and melted cheese; it left us eagerly anticipating our mains. Our burgers arrived and the huge portions continued. I created a classic burger combination comprising a tender 6oz beefburger patty with smoked applewood Cheddar, streaky bacon and beer-battered onion rings served in a wonderfully glossy brioche bun with peanut butter and mayo. It was everything I’d hoped for; the quality of the ingredients combined with perfect execution ensures that these burgers stand out from the rest, while hearty portions mean you get great value for money. My partner was just as enthusiastic about his creation: a wild boar burger stacked with Monterey Jack cheese, sautéed onions and pineapple, and our sides of sweet potato chips and Parmesan and truffle fries were worth the trip alone. Like the regulars, we’ll be coming back for more – with hundreds of possible flavour combinations we certainly won’t get tired of the menu.  Location 83 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NT e: whiteladies@theburgerjoint.co.uk t: 0844 502 5483 Open: Sun-Tues noon-10pm; Weds & Thurs noon-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm  Location 240 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JD e: northstreet@theburgerjoint.co.uk t: 0844 502 5484 Open: Sun-Tues noon-10pm; Weds & Thurs noon-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm

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Three Brothers Burgers  Location Spyglass, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB t: 0844 502 2360 w: www.threebrothersburgers.co.uk e: info@threebrothersburgers.co.uk

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We arrived at Three Brothers Burgers on a gloriously sunny day to find it jam-packed with revellers celebrating the long-awaited arrival of summer. We took what was arguably the best seat in the house, overlooking the Floating Harbour and the hustle and bustle of lovely cobbled Welsh Back. Though we took a seat amidst several lively groups, there are also plenty of cosy spots for dinner à deux, including in the charming enclosed garden area, which is a haven in good weather. Service is friendly but speedy, so you’re in good hands if you’re looking for a quick pre-theatre or pre-gig bite.

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A visit to Three Brothers means a perfect vantage point for watching activity on the water; we saw boats, kayaks and paddleboards drift by during our evening. A spot of rowing is the perfect way to work up an appetite, but the tantalising aroma of Three Brothers’ perfectly cooked burgers is surely a distraction – I don’t know how anyone manages to pass the restaurant without calling in.

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As we perused the food menu we sipped top-notch lager from Munich and local Steam cider from a selection that offers something for even the most discerning beer or cider aficionado – though I heartily recommend dining at Three Brothers, it’s also one of Bristol’s finest spots for a post-work pint. Burgers are the name of the game here, however, so we happily tucked in. I plumped for Le Frenchie, a delectable combination of beef patty, Brie, caramelised red onions and homemade garlic mayo, and savoured every bite. The gooey Brie proved a match made in heaven for the smoky beef – I’ve found my new favourite burger. My husband chose the summer special, the Hawaiian, featuring grilled pineapple, Monterey Jack, bacon and spicy mayo and was just as effusive, hoping it becomes a regular on the menu. Though the portions are more than generous, we couldn’t resist adding sides of fries laden with slow-cooked beef brisket chilli and Monterey Jack, and chicken wings doused in hickory-smoked barbecue. My husband sated his sweet-tooth with a Whiskey Mac hardshake – vanilla milkshake spiked with Monkey Shoulder whiskey, ginger wine, and caramel and ginger syrup. This is American comfort food at its finest – no wonder it’s become such a mainstay of Bristol’s foodie scene.


Coal Grill & Bar

Grill

 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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Just opposite the Showcase Cinema at the top of Cabot Circus, Coal Grill & Bar is a vibrant cocktail bar and restaurant with a fantastic offering of delicious grills, salads, burgers and steaks. Open for breakfast through to dinner and featuring a daytime deal menu, this popular venue has something for everyone. There are also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Upon entering Coal, the bustle of the shopping centre disappears and you find yourself letting go of the day’s stresses thanks to the relaxed and friendly ambience.

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Greeted by our friendly and welcoming host, my partner and I were seated in a comfy booth where we perused the fantastic cocktail menu, which includes mocktails and pitchers. We plumped for the two for £9 specials – my gin and raspberry Collins was delicious, and my partner’s Long Island Iced Tea was the perfect way to kick-start our evening.

‘...relaxed and friendly ambience...’ As we sipped our cocktails and perused the menu, we shared three small plates of Coal nachos, red pepper hummus served with veggie sticks and grilled flatbread, and chickpea falafels. The menus offer great variety and it was tricky to choose from the tempting range of dishes. To start, I plumped for Coal’s grilled halloumi paired with flamed peppers, roasted beetroot and a sweet balsamic glaze, while my partner enjoyed the house Buffalo chicken wings coated in spicy red Buffalo sauce and served with sour cream. To follow, my main course of sea bass was delicious and was served with samphire, new potatoes and lemon sauce. My partner had Coal’s famous firesticks; tender fillet steak, chicken thighs and prawns all grilled to perfection, and served with salad and fries. We admitted defeat and ended the meal with another palate-cleansing cocktail. If you can find room, the range of delicious desserts include lemon tart, Coal’s Eton Mess and a vegan chocolate and coconut tart, which gains praise from regulars. From perfectly proportioned starters to generous, flavoursome mains, we were impressed by the quality of the food and service at Coal Grill & Bar.

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YoYo

Grill

 Location 6 Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JT t: 0844 502 5488 w: www.yoyoburger.com One of Bristol’s best and most cherished burger establishments, YoYo has been serving great food in Clifton since 2008. The unique and often exotic burgers include such ingredients as ostrich, whole lobster and the highly prized Japanese wagyu beef. Even their standard beefburgers are made from certified Aberdeen Angus beef and served on freshly baked brioche buns from a local bakery. YoYo’s diverse menu and wide selection of toppings, sides and desserts means there’s something to suit all tastes. Last year YoYo launched their own smartphone app (available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play), backed by a strong delivery team, so it’s really easy to have fresh burgers delivered straight to your doorstep. Craft beer, cider and wine are also available to take away – perfect for watching the big game with friends. The team’s dedication to high-quality gourmet burgers is the reason YoYo continues to go from strength to strength. *Price range represents the cost of a burger, side dish and drink.

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The Rummer

 Location All Saints Lane, Bristol, BS1 1JH t: 0844 502 5480 w: www.therummer.net e: info@therummer.net The Rummer is the godfather of Bristol cocktail bars, and has been at the forefront of the booze scene for over a decade. Upon entering this historic listed building, you can’t help but be a little overwhelmed yet enticed by the quality spirits that cover every inch of the wall behind the bar. Table service is offered throughout the day, whether you’re dining from the eclectic bar menu or just enjoying cocktails. If you dive into the bar menu, be sure to sample the black pudding Scotch egg, which wins many fans. If you head down the stone stairway to the medieval cellars, you’ll find a microdistillery producing Bristol Dry Gin on one side and a tasting room on the other. Gin tastings are held every Friday and Saturday, and need to be booked in advance due to their popularity. The tastings are hosted by the head or second distiller, covering all the best local gins and sometimes a few surprise distillates.

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The Wild Beer Co

 Location Units 6-8 Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol, BS1 6WE t: 0844 502 9764 w: www.wbwappingwharf.com e: wappingwharf@wildbeerco.com On a sunny day, the deckchairs and al fresco seating at Wild Beer become prime real estate, as people vie for the best spot at this harbourside favourite. Boards display around 20 varieties of beer on draught, and the Wild Beer crew offers tasters so you can sample a few and really broaden your palate – no wonder it’s so popular with Bristol’s beer-lovers. My husband selected a Pilsner while I ordered a glass of rosé to accompany my rocket and feta salad with almonds and honey vinaigrette. He couldn’t resist fish and chips, and opted for Cuban panko with mojo sauce. We also sampled sides of Southern fried buttermilk sardines, which were a superb addition to my salad, and some incredible goat’s cheese with candied pecans. We’ll definitely be back to sample more of the menu, and to discover a new beer or two. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Brace & Browns

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 43 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LS t: 0844 502 5486 w: www.braceandbrowns.co.uk e: info@braceandbrowns.co.uk

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Brace & Browns is a name synonymous with style, excellent customer service and fantastic food. It’s famous locally for Sunday roasts, for which it has won multiple awards – with local organic meats cooked to perfection, crispy Yorkshire puds and a wide selection of local and seasonal vegetables with lashings of gravy, it’s easy to see why. Brace & Browns’ delicious menu is ideal for sharing or ordering individually, with a range of diifferent dishes to enjoy. It offers a social dining experience that’s best enjoyed with friends and family.

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‘...bottomless brunch...’ You’ll find a plethora of veggie dishes and the majority are gluten-free. If you’re visiting for lunch, why not opt for something from the tasty express lunch menu? Served Monday to Friday, it’s perfect for a speedy business lunch. A range of tempting small and large plates is also available, along with mouth-watering sweet treats. Alternatively, visitors can dine from the à la carte menu. Due to Brace & Browns’ affinity for using local and seasonal produce, menus change often. Brace & Browns’ impressive offering of bottomless brunch has been a roaring success since its inception and its popularity is unwavering. Available with or without bottomless fizz, the ever-changing selection of dishes is sure to impress.

‘...bask in the sunshine out on the terrace...’ Visit in the evening and bask in the sunshine out on the terrace while enjoying something from the venue’s cocktail menu. Understandably, Brace & Browns is rather popular, so booking ahead is advisable, and necessary for the bottomless brunch. If you’re hosting a party or event, the entire venue is available for private hire with personalised menus for the special event. Brace & Browns also has a fantastic event room downstairs, which is suitable for 30 to 35 people. For anything from private dining and business meetings, to birthday celebrations, wine tasting and cocktail masterclasses, Brace & Browns is perfect for all occasions.

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The Best Western Compass Inn  Location Tormarton, Nr. Badminton, GL9 1JB t: 01454 218242 w: www.compass-inn.co.uk e: info@compass-inn.co.uk

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This family-run 18th-century coaching inn is set within six acres of beautiful grounds and gardens. The historic building is covered in sprawling vine, and visitors to this inn soon discover that its not just a pretty picture, it’s an £19 to example of first-rate hospitality. True to its traditional inn status, The Compass £32 boasts 26 en-suite bedrooms and the promise of a good night’s sleep whether you need a place to stop over for a business trip or would like to explore the surrounding area. Settle down for a meal in The Orangery Restaurant, fronted by a head chef who is a pioneer of local produce and seasonal game. Their menu features British favourites with a few international dishes in the mix. Perhaps begin your culinary journey with Food Served: a goat’s cheese and tomato tarte Tatin, or share the charcuterie platter, before Mon-Fri 7am-9.15pm; sampling a stand-out main like duo of Texel lamb: pan-roasted rump and crispy Sat & Sun 8am-9.15pm slow-cooked shoulder, served with fondant potato, spinach, braised leeks, carrot purée and pancetta and onion jus. Otherwise, opt for a classic such as home-cooked honey-glazed ham, with chunky chips, free-range fried eggs and salad. Salads, baguettes, sandwiches and jacket potatoes are good options if you’re visiting at lunchtime. It’s not just food at the forefront here. Weddings are the jewels in The Compass Inn’s crown. The dedicated team is proud of the seamless ceremonies achieved throughout the year. Located just a hop, skip and jump from the M4, this is a popular destination amongst Bristolians and Bathonians alike. Bar & Restaurant

Nova  Location 41-43 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1RB t: 0844 502 9828 e: thebar@novabar.co.uk Throughout the day Nova is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and Middle Eastern nibbles, and at night Nova takes centre stage as a popular live music venue serving fantastic cocktails until the early hours.

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We stopped by on a Saturday lunchtime and were charmed by the laid-back ambience and the friendly service. We decided to kick-start the weekend in style with an orange-infused Moroccan Mojito as we perused the attractively priced menu. We started with a couple of mezze-style sharers of grilled halloumi on a bed of rocket dressed with the most flavoursome extra-virgin olive oil, and za’atar pitta crisps with Middle Eastern dips. We also shared a mixed grill main comprising chicken, beef and lamb skewers with homemade pitta bread, tabouleh salad and grilled tomatoes and onions, and sampled Nova’s famous falafel burger.

To conclude our fantastic meal, we sat in the spacious outdoor seating area and sampled Nova’s take on the classic English Garden cocktail, which comprised lashings of gin, mint, elderflower cordial and fiery fresh ginger. Traditional shisha pipes are a crowd-pleasing feature of the venue’s unique Middle Eastern offering. Open until 2am most nights during the week and 2.30am on weekends, Nova is particularly popular as a late-night bar, known for its tasty, reasonably priced drinks and fantastic live music events. Why not stop by for an open-mic night and show off your skills? 44

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Rainbow Casino

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Explore Lane, Bristol, BS1 5TY t: 0845 468 1758 w: www.rainbowcasino.co.uk/bristol 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 for just £27.95. 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 and Mediterranean favourites, and a few Asian and Caribbean specials. Spoilt for choice, we sampled a range of starters including creamy garlic mushrooms served on warm ciabatta, karaage crispy prawns with sweet chilli dip and Asian-dressed cucumber, and the beautifully fresh bruschetta. The main courses were equally diverse. From perfectly cooked sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and chunky chips to jerk chicken with sweet potato fries, there’s something to suit all palates. My vegetarian companion particularly enjoyed the lightly spiced falafel and spinach burger, which came with sour cream, fries, battered onion rings, and fresh coleslaw. Desserts at Rainbow Casino are a decadent affair. Despite being full from the first two generously proportioned courses, we opted to share a homemade lemon meringue pie with ice cream. Featuring buttery pastry, tart lemon curd and swirled meringue baked to golden perfection, this was the perfect way 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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RESTAURANTS, RESTAURANTS EVERYWHERE Italian to start, followed by French, then Brazilian for dessert Plus it’s just £2 to park all night after 5pm


Beautiful Italian food made from the freshest ingredients á la mamma style. Where the pizzas are bigger than the plates.

Raymond Blanc’s much loved restaurant takes elegant French cuisine and serves it in an informal, inviting setting.

An award winning Brasserie. All the flavour and atmosphere of a Parisian restaurant with more than reasonable prices.

Classic, seasonal menus made with the West Country’s finest produce, and a striking view of Quakers Friars to go with.

Share hot and cold meze treats. Slow roasted pork belly, halloumi skewers, gorgeous souvlaki wraps and other reasons to go Greek.

All you can eat Rodizio. Just put your card green side up to start an endless flow of succulent BBQ’d meat.


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Bocabar

 Location Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH t: 0844 502 5470 e: bocabarbookings@outlook.com  Location Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT t: 0844 502 5473 e: bocabarglastonbury@outlook.com w: www.bocabar.co.uk Bristol’s innovative development, Paintworks, is home to this New York loft-style warehouse filled with Mediterranean food, local art and music. Pleasure-seekers from across Bristol flock to Bath Road to sample Bocabar’s individual vibe and great food, for which it has garnered a firm following and awards such as Best Café at the Bristol Good Food Awards and a Gold Award from Taste of the West. Bristol Open: Beneath high ceilings, exposed red-brick walls and fairy lights, the Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; ten-metre-long bar dominates the heart of the venue, and plays host to an array Fri & Sat 10am-1am; of local draught and bottled craft beer, cider, wine, gins and cocktails. The Sun 10am-10.30pm Ottolenghi-style deli bar offers globally inspired salads, dips, pickles, cakes and Glastonbury Open: ginormous cheesecakes. Choose from their legendary selection of 30 different Mon 9.30am-4pm; pizzas – look out for monthly pizza specials with local and seasonal toppings, Tues-Thurs 9.30am-11pm; and scrumptious roasts on Sundays. Fri & Sat 9.30am-midnight; Bijou Bocabar on the Somerset Sun 10am-5pm Levels serves lunch and evening menus led by locally sourced specials, as well as embracing gluten-free and vegan diets. Bocabar Glastonbury is a firm favourite for many, providing an oasis for thirsty cyclists, the perfect spot for lunch and cocktails on the sunny terrace, and a relaxed place to enjoy an evening of casual dining with local, seasonal menus. At the weekend you’ll find live music, DJs and themed events in the adjoining events space. Bar & Restaurant

Keepers Kitchen & Bar  Location Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EL t: 0844 625 6053 w: www.keeperslounge.co.uk e: ha0i2-fb@accor.com

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Just a stone’s throw from Bristol Hippodrome, situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building, you’ll find Keepers Kitchen & Bar within the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. Once inside, guests will discover a stylish interior. Contemporary decor is well balanced with vintage touches to create a relaxing, yet welcoming atmosphere.

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Keepers delivers unpretentious, locally sourced food that’s put together with real flair and finesse. The diverse menu features a pleasing mix of home comforts, contemporary dishes and sharing boards, ensuring that there’s something for everyone, including a refreshing number of healthy options and gluten-free and vegan alternatives. My dining partner kicked off our magnificent feast with crispy calamari, accompanied by fresh lemon and roasted garlic mayo. I opted for crispy potato gnocchi enhanced by tomatoes, Parmesan and fresh herbs. After a helpful discussion with our waiter, Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm I followed with rib-eye steak, which was wonderfully tender and juicy. The accompanying hand-cut triple-cooked chips were light and fluffy, and the peppercorn sauce was a triumph. My companion ordered fish and chips partnered with mushy peas and tartare sauce, which was equally delicious. Portions were generous, but we couldn’t say no to dessert. We succumbed to an indulgent sticky toffee pudding paired with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce to share. It proved a wonderful end to our meal and we vowed to return soon. Whether you’re just popping in for one of their signature cocktails or treating someone to a delicious three-course meal, Keepers Kitchen & Bar is sure to delight. 48

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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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Harbourside dining is a quintessentially Bristolian endeavour, and one that this vibrant city has embraced with renewed enthusiasm in recent years. Severnshed sits on the floating harbour so lays claim to some of the best waterside views in the city, which can be enjoyed from the al fresco seating area.

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We took a seat inside at one of the circular booths – perfect for sociable dining – where we could watch paddleboarders cruise by. The sleek and stylish decor calls to mind a New York warehouse, and there are seating arrangements to suit any party size. An impressive bar splits Severnshed into drinking and dining sections, but is open on both sides to promote a relaxed, airy ambience throughout. Most importantly, the undeniably cool bar showcases a vast selection of drinks, with something for every palate. I selected a glass of chilled Prosecco topped with a strawberry, while my husband ordered a glass of malbec. The open kitchen means that tantalising aromas greet visitors on arrival, so we eagerly ordered our meals. To start, I plumped for the gin and tonic smoked salmon, which was a delicious and thoroughly satisfying dish. My husband chose the similarly well-executed black pudding with pancetta and a poached egg. The broad menu really has something to suit every appetite, including salad, pasta and pizzas. I couldn’t resist the pan-fried sea bass with fennel and lemon butter sauce. My husband asked our helpful server for her recommendation, and dutifully went for the duck confit. The meat was beautifully cooked, and served with bubble and squeak, red cabbage and cherry sauce. Both main courses were presented artfully, and portions were generous – though we weren’t able to pass up on dessert. I had the Shed Mess, which was light, delicious and finished with raspberry sauce. My husband rounded things off with a slice of chocolate and coconut tart; a vegan, gluten-free dessert. Despite being rather full, he devoured every bite, and in record time. Severnshed’s broad menu and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect choice for anything from an intimate dinner à deux before catching a show at the theatre, to large gatherings with friends. We’ll be back soon to try some of the tempting cocktails, and to explore the menu further.

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Hall & Woodhouse Portishead  Location Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7FP t: 0844 683 9851 w: www.hall-woodhouseportishead.co.uk e: portishead@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Head to Portishead Quays Marina and you’ll find this thriving hub of a dining destination. Boasting panoramic harbourside views and that quintessential Hall & Woodhouse home-from-home feel, you’re sure to be charmed by this £18 to family-friendly joint. £30 Upon being seated by our warm and welcoming host, we were immediately taken by the eclectic decor, lively atmosphere and cosy log fire. As we perused the menu we were pleased to discover that there were plenty of tempting plates on offer. Inspired by our harbourside location, my companion and I both opted for seafood Bar Open: dishes to start: garlic tiger prawns with lashing of rich garlic butter, and vibrant Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; beetroot gravadlax on malted sourdough. My partner followed with a succulent Sun 9am-10.30pm 10oz rib-eye steak accompanied by decadently creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and a Upstairs Restaurant Open: fresh rocket and red onion salad. I plumped for the Wiltshire goat’s cheese salad Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, with grilled and roasted vegetables and a delicious mint and parsley dressing. The 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-7pm fresh herb dressing cut through the Downstairs Restaurant richness of the creamy goat’s cheese Open: Mon-Sun 9am-9pm to create a dish with perfectly balanced flavours. My salad was just one of many vegetarian dishes available, alongside vegan options like sweet potato and mushroom shepherd’s pie. We finished our delightful meal with a velvety smooth coffee and walnut panna cotta and a warm apple turnover. Great food, a fantastic location and regular events throughout the year make Hall & Woodhouse a great destination for any occasion. Bar & Restaurant

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. 50

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Situated just five miles outside of Bath in Wiltshire’s striking countryside is Cumberwell Park, an elegant space suitable for any number of events and occasions. The bright and beautiful Wraxall Bar & Brasserie is an ideal spot to host a corporate event, offering expertly crafted, locally sourced dishes and a spacious outdoor patio area. A variety of charming and well-equipped suites are available to hire for up to 150 people, perfect for everything from product launches to large seminars. Cumberwell Park is also home to Wiltshire’s only 45 hole golf course, one of the best in the South West. To find out more about competitive day rates and packages, contact the team.

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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 smashed avocado atop sourdough, pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, and eggs Royale, accompanied by unlimited Prosecco or Amstel.

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

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Since opening, Bristol’s Mud Dock Café has made quite a name for itself and it’s easy to see why. Perched on the waterside, the café fuses industrial style with contemporary design. Thanks to the large windows, this charming venue affords £15 to spectacular views of the floating harbour, the city and Bristol’s iconic cranes £30 from every angle and in all weathers. Our visit allowed us to make the most of Mud Dock’s terrace, where we watched hot air balloons floating majestically in the evening sky. Heading inside, we were greeted by friendly, attentive service and were treated to some of the best food we’ve had in a long time. After choosing some superb cocktails, I started with spiced lamb meatballs with walnut Romanesco, while my partner opted for the broad bean falafels with beetroot hummus, followed by a Moroccan lamb burger Open: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm; with harissa and Greek yoghurt. Spoilt for choice with all the vegetarian options, Sat 9am-10pm; Sun I eventually plumped for a main course of roasted cauliflower and corn with 10am-10pm (hours vary spicy tomato and Somerset seasonally, please see website Cheddar. The sweet finale came for details) in the form of dark chocolate and walnut brownie with a scoop of ice cream; a decadent end to a wonderful dining experience. Mud Dock Café’s superb service and first-rate fare made for a perfect evening, and it’s clear that they’re doing something right, being packed to the rafters even on a weekday. It’s also a first-rate venue for private parties of up to 120. 52

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99 Queens

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 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 to lose yourself for a couple of hours. Tucked between Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road, this unique all-day dining spot has become the perfect casual dining eatery, where fresh juices and fluffy pancakes meet homemade panini and delicious pasta.

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The venue has become quite 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 create a relaxing space for any occasion. Simple, fresh produce takes the lead on the menu and everything is prepared Open: fresh to order, resulting in a variety of tasty treats that can be enjoyed al fresco on Tues-Fri 8am-5pm; the outside terrace or in the cosy interior. Choose from a selection of sumptuous Sat & Sun 10am-5pm daily specials, including fresh soups, salads, bagels and pasta. Taking pride of place on the menu are the popular sweetcorn 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 tipples. Whatever time of day you choose to visit 99 Queens, a warm welcome can be expected alongside delightful food and drink.

Five Grains

Café

 Location 39 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1RB t: 0844 502 9820 e: thegrain@fivegrains.com

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Avenue Café

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 Location St Luke’s House, Emerson Way, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7AR t: 0844 502 5504 w: www.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 Open: customer service and a friendly Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm; atmosphere always make you feel Fri & Sat 8.30am-11.30pm right at home. The café has a loyal customer base and there’s even an Avenue Café Club for regulars. The café now comes alive on Friday and Saturday evenings with a fab menu and great gin cocktails, and it will soon be opening for Sunday brunch. 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.

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Spicer+Cole

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 w: www.spicerandcole.co.uk Spicer+Cole is a highlight of the Bristol coffee shop scene, serving the highest quality coffee and excellent food. In the past six years, the team has opened three branches – one just off verdant Queen Square, another in charming Clifton Village, and a third on buzzy Gloucester Road. We visited the latter site which opened only two years ago and has all the classic Spicer+Cole sophistication – think subtle Scandinavian styling, pale oak panelling and a vast concrete counter piled high with home-baked goodies. The airy glass frontage allows plenty of natural light and on sunny days you can take advantage of outdoor seating. On the counter you’ll find a tempting array of artisan sandwiches and bagels, alongside a range of seasonal salads, homemade hummus, quiche and frittata. I plumped for the roasted vegetable frittata, which was light and airy with flavoursome layers of roasted vegetables and a crisp topping. My companion’s ham, cheese and caramelised onion tart was wonderfully fresh. We accompanied these delights with hearty helpings of the various salads available. These included mildly spiced large grain couscous, fresh watermelon tossed with feta in chilli and pomegranate dressing, and pleasantly crunchy radish, carrot and spring onion slaw. We complemented our meal with rich, smooth cappuccinos and refreshing glasses of red berry, lemon and thyme iced tea. A delicious brunch offering includes traditional cooked breakfasts and lighter options such as salmon bagels or avocado on toast. The team ably caters for vegetarians and vegans too, with many great options to tempt vegans and meat-eaters alike. A range of sweet treats are available, including scrumptious cakes and brownies. On the manager’s recommendation, we sampled a rich and complex gluten-free chocolate brownie and a remarkable berry crumble muffin. Spicer+Cole offers takeaway as well as eat-in options, so if you’re pressed for time your cake can be wrapped up in a box to enjoy at your leisure. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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 Location 16 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AE t: 0844 625 5019 e: gloucesterroad@spicerandcole.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm; Sun 9am-5pm  Location 9 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS8 4BX t: 0844 625 5065 e: cliftonvillage@spicerandcole.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm; Sat & Sun 8.30am-5.30pm  Location 1 Queen Square Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4JA t: 0844 625 5071 e: queensquare@spicerandcole.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 8.30am-5pm; Sun 9am-5pm

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The Toast Room

Café

 Location 33a East Street, Bristol, BS3 4HH w: www.thetoastroom.co.uk The Toast Room is a truly independent eatery, run by couple Kate and John. The café’s enticing teal exterior gives an insight into the bright and airy space inside. White walls, potted plants, cheery tunes and colourful Formica furniture blend to create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Kate and John are advocates for local, affordable produce and aim to source everything within a 50-mile radius. Coffee is supplied by Extract Coffee; salad is from The Severn Project, and milk from Bruton Dairy. The menu comprises light bites and salads, and includes gluten-free, vegan and veggie options all made to order. There are four toast options to choose from, all of which are supplied by The Park Bakery. My partner ordered the chargrilled pepper and hazelnut pesto Victoria Park sourdough toastie, while I went for the delicious garlic mushrooms and mascarpone on Bristol bloomer toast with leaves. The aromatic Earl Grey and honey cake, and indulgent vegan dark chocolate brownie left a lasting impression.

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Margot May

 Location 36 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1HW t: 0844 625 3948 e: margotmaytearoom@gmail.com Delightful modern takes on classic afternoon teas and a range of tempting brunch and lunch options await at North Street’s independent Margot May. As we entered the cheery and colourful surrounds, the friendly staff came straight to our assistance. After much time spent pondering the menu, we opted for one afternoon tea and a toasted veggie sandwich to share. My sweet chai pu’er tea was a dream – perfectly spicy and warming with honey and steamed milk. We began with the roasted sweet potato and aromatic hummus toasted sandwich, which was bursting with flavour. The afternoon tea comprised generous finger sandwiches made using rustic bread sourced from Mark’s Bread – the chilli jam, feta and walnut sandwich didn’t disappoint. The nutty medley cookie and lemon and berry drizzle cake were unsurprisingly delicious, and a freshly baked banana scone topped it all off. Using local producers and catering for all dietary preferences, Margot May is a must-visit.

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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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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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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 sampled the crab, jumbo shrimp, prawns and oak-smoked salmon cocktail Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, and the tasty chicken liver pâté, 6pm-11pm; which is served with crostini Fri & Sat noon-midnight; and fruit chutney. My main of Sun noon-10.30pm 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 Coach & Horses

Traditional

 Location Highland Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2YB t: 0844 625 4324 w: www.coachandhorsesclifton.co.uk e: coachandhorsesclifton@gmail.com

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The Coach & Horses is an original, traditional pub in the midst of the city and is something of a hidden gem. The pub has won the Bristol in Bloom pub frontage competition, so expect to see flowering baskets hanging and colourful posies aplenty when you turn up.

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‘...something of a hidden gem...’ With friendly staff, an exceptional selection of real ale and a weekly changing craft beer on-tap, this is the perfect place to meet friends for a drink. The well-stocked bar also boasts fine wine, Continental lager and an array of spirits, so there’s a tipple to tempt everybody. On sunny days you can relax and soak up the rays in the patio beer garden. The menu changes regularly, but you’ll always find classic home-cooked dishes like juicy steaks and burgers. There are also tasty lighter bites like sandwiches, and large helpings of nachos that are perfect Open: Mon 4pm-11pm; for sharing with friends. Tues-Thurs noon-11pm; Sundays wouldn’t be complete Fri & Sat noon-11.30pm; without a roast and here they Sun noon-10.30pm come with Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese, red cabbage and gravy. Make sure you book a table so you don’t miss out. Whether you’re stopping by a few drinks with friends or settling in for a wholesome family meal, The Coach & Horses provides a top-notch offering in attractive surrounds. Bristol Guide 2018

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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 was a vibrant mix of flavours, served 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

Koh Thai Tapas

Thai

 Location 7-9 Triangle South, Bristol, BS8 1EY t: 0844 502 9845 w: www.koh-thai.co.uk e: bristol@koh-thai.co.uk

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This unique restaurant occupies a prime position on Clifton Triangle, and is a great choice for a relaxed meal with loved ones. Inside, the interior is spacious yet retains a charming sense of intimacy, while the tranquil atmosphere ensures £28 to you feel a million miles away from the bustling city outside. The decor fuses £30 smart, cosmopolitan style with traditional Thai imagery – think exposed brick walls, Buddhas and flickering lanterns. Outside there’s a chic garden in which guests can soak up the sun and dine al fresco, perhaps with a tipple from the popular cocktail menu. Food Served: When we visited we were greeted like old friends by our wonderful host who explained the concept: authentic Thai food served as small plates designed Mon 5.30pm-10pm; Tues-Thurs for sharing. We opted for the tasting menu, a bespoke selection of dishes noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm; that’s tailored to your palate. After discussing our preferred tastes with our Fri & Sat noon-3pm, knowledgeable waitress, we waited in anticipation for our starters to arrive, 5.30pm-10.30pm; intrigued by the delights we were Sun noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm going to be treated to. First came a satisfyingly piquant papaya salad, along with aromatic Thai fishcakes with a sweet chilli dipping sauce, and crispy sliced beef topside with a spicy sauce. Next, we were served ever-popular pad Thai, and a delicious medley of fresh stir-fried vegetables. Perhaps the stand-out dish for us was the tender beef and prawn red curry – a vibrant fusion of flavours, each mouthful left a lasting impression. We’ll certainly be returning to sample more of Koh Thai’s excellent cuisine. 58

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Clifton Thai

Thai

 Location 70 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QA t: 0844 625 4904 w: www.cliftonthai.co.uk Occupying an enviable location on Bristol’s iconic Whiteladies Road is Clifton Thai, an outstanding restaurant that receives rave reviews from all who visit. Within easy reach of popular Bristol landmarks including the picturesque Downs, Clifton Village and, of course, the independent shops and bars of Whiteladies Road, this delightful establishment is the ideal place in which to enjoy a revitalising meal after exploring the nearby attractions. As well as a convenient stop-off point for passersby, Clifton Thai is a destination in its own right, thanks to a winning combination of fantastic food and drink and top-notch service. We stopped by on a scorching summer’s evening and were welcomed warmly by attentive staff in traditional Thai dress. The decor gives prominence to traditional Thai features, with ornate carvings in each table depicting scenes of elephants and nature. Taking our seats by the expansive window, we admired the location and took in the bustling city scenes playing out just the other side of the glass. Inside the restaurant, the serene, inviting atmosphere provided the perfect antidote to the busy outside world, with Thai radio playing soft melodies in the background. Eagerly anticipating our meal, we sipped a refreshing Chang beer and an elegantly presented Sabai Sabai cocktail, comprising Mekhong Thai spirit, lime and basil. Zesty and fragrant with perfectly balanced flavours, it was unlike any cocktail I’ve tried, and was utterly delicious. Our meal began with a selection of mixed starters, including Thai fishcakes, juicy king prawn tempura, vegetable spring rolls and succulent pork ribs marinated in honey and fresh herbs. Perhaps the stand-out dish for us was the chicken satay, which arrived at our table with a quirky miniature cast iron barbecue to keep the skewers sizzling. Next came an invigorating bowl of chicken tom yum, a quintessential Thai soup that was packed with distinctive flavours. Our mains continued along the theme of exceptional cuisine. We enjoyed sumptuous Thai green curry, prawn pad Thai and mouth-watering duck in Tamarind sauce. Each dish was perfectly executed and left a lasting impression, while service was cordial throughout. Whether you’re well versed in Thai food or new to the cuisine, a visit to this faultless establishment is sure to impress.

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Yume Kitchen  Location 9 Cotham Hill, Bristol, BS6 6LD t: 0844 502 4865 w: www.yumekitchen.co.uk e: info@yumekitchen.co.uk

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Yume Kitchen, or ‘dream kitchen’, is an izakaya-style eatery serving authentic Japanese dishes. Launched by a Japanese family, the team is passionate about bringing the unadulterated taste of Japan to the South West.

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An izakaya is a down-to-earth place for good food and drink, and you find them everywhere in Japan. At lunch, this is the place for a quick and tasty meal, such as donburi – a rice bowl topped with various ingredients to fill you up – and as the sun sets, it becomes the destination of choice to let your hair down and enjoy drinks with your friends and family over a selection of kozara (small dishes) to share.

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‘...made fresh from scratch...’ At Yume, the kozara range from the delicious seared wagyu rib-eye slices from Gunma in Japan – to the delicate yet colourful seaweed salad, flavoured with a wonderful combination of yuzu citrus fruit and sesame. If you’re after something meaty, the homemade gyoza pork dumplings will be right up your street. Like all the dishes at Yume, these are made fresh from scratch and to their own recipe. Sushi is something that the team at Yume Kitchen is very passionate about. Fresh fish is delivered daily from all over the world: madai Japanese sea bream from Japan, kinmedai and squid from Portugal, and yellowtail amberjack from Australia, to list just a few. The chefs at Yume are very particular about the kind of rice used and its preparation. It is cooked and then flavoured with sushi vinegar made to Yume’s own recipe using kombu kelp from Hakodate in Hokkaido.

‘...the best Japanese dishes in the South West...’ Open: Tues-Thurs noon-3.30pm, 4pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-3.30pm, 4pm-10.30pm

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Yume’s menu is complemented by specials that reflect the best of the season’s offering. So, why not pop in to enjoy some of the best Japanese dishes in the South West and wash them down with a pint of Kirin or Japanese lemonade? Of course you’ll also find a range of sake and shochu. A warm welcome and fine cuisine await at Yume, and group bookings can be ably catered for.


Wagamama

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Wagamama has three convenient locations in Bristol and each restaurant is ideally situated, in Cabot Circus, Clifton Triangle and Cribbs Causeway. Whether it’s a little ginger to warm you up, chillies that kick, or noodles to nourish the body and soul, Wagamama’s Asian menu has been created to soothe, comfort, sustain and inspire. Choose from 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 Asian beers too.

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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 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.

‘...satisfy both the senses and the soul...’  Location Glass House, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX t: 0844 625 4094 Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-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-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10pm

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Hywel Jones – Lucknam Park – Pg 3 Hywel Jones has always harboured a passion for traditional cooking and fresh ingredients. His love of cooking was ignited at a young age, when he would enjoy his mother’s Sunday roasts and collect vegetables from the garden. Today, Hywel is the executive chef of the acclaimed Lucknam Park. Having retained a Michelin star for 13 consecutive years, he continues to develop exciting menus.

‘...those who work with Hywel cannot help but be inspired...’ Jones’ menus are influenced by seasonal ingredients and local suppliers, rather than a particular style or region. Indeed, he isn’t restricted by trend, but prefers to experiment without limitation. Hywel has gone on to support and guide the cookery school, which opened in November 2012. Offering a range of exciting courses to try, from simple bread-making to seafood preparation, the school is another string to Lucknam’s bow. Those who work with Hywel cannot help but be inspired. Chef Profile

Freddy Bird – Lido – Pg 6 Growing up, Freddy’s family grew much of their own produce and reared their own animals, so it’s no surprise that Freddy quickly became passionate about great food – it was a natural progression. Starting out as a private chef, he undertook a brief stint at Ballymaloe in Cork, before moving to two-Michelin-starred The Square in Mayfair under Phil Howard. It was his time at Moro in London that really shaped his early career, and still influences him today.

‘...unpretentious and slightly anarchic, and always ingredient-led...’ Freddy describes his cooking style as unpretentious and slightly anarchic, and always ingredient-led. Developing great relationships with suppliers that share his values are a priority, and his top cooking tip is not to overcomplicate things and to let top produce speak for itself. According to Freddy, less is always more – in the right hands at least. Chef Profile

Jake Platt – Glassboat Brasserie – Pg 27 Jake Platt shows off his culinary flair and wealth of experience in the Bristol food scene as head chef at the prestigious Glassboat Brasserie. Starting out as a kitchen porter, Jake trained at Markwicks on Corn Street (now The Ox) and has since worked in notable kitchens around Bristol, including The Bird in Hand, The Albion and Rockfish, before starting at the Glassboat, which has retained two AA rosettes.

‘...culinary flair and wealth of experience...’ Jake adores working closely with the seasons, and defines good food as simple, uncomplicated and ingredient-led. His favourite time of year is the change of seasons between summer and autumn for the abundance of fruit and vegetables, fish and shellfish available, as well as the start of the game season. Crab is Jake’s favourite seasonal ingredient for its versatility – simply cracked with mayonnaise, in soups or on toast; however you serve it, it’s bound to be a hit. 62

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Martin Stone – The Olive Shed – Pg 37

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Head chef at the beloved Olive Shed at Bristol’s iconic harbourside, Martin discovered a passion for food at an early age and was inspired to challenge himself to become a professional chef. Growing up, his father was a baker, so helping work dough and pastry was second nature. Having grown up with delicious sweet aromas, Martin studied at Weston College before starting his first job in the industry at Pullin’s Bakery.

‘...curated impressive fish tasting menus...’ Today, his favourite things about being a chef are the people he has the opportunity to work alongside, and managing the pastry section. He is also passionate about seafood, having curated impressive fish tasting menus at the Olive Shed. The availability of fresh, seasonal produce is why Martin loves living in the South West, as his style is characterised by uncomplicated dishes that allow bold, classic flavours to speak for themselves.

Ian Andrews – Three Brothers Burgers – Pg 40

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Ian Andrews of Bristol favourite Three Brothers Burgers loves the social aspect of working in a kitchen, and the family-like atmosphere that comes from working in a tight-knit team.

‘...family-like atmosphere...’ Growing up, the idea of becoming a chef was an exciting prospect for Ian. He saw it as a way to move on from his small hometown in the North East, and was keen to work in kitchens around the world and meet a variety of people. In the coming year, Ian would love to focus on developing Three Brothers’ current vegetarian and vegan offering to make it a top destination for plantbased eaters. His top cooking tip is to treat recipes as simply a guide – he believes that you shouldn’t be afraid to mix it up a little and inject a bit of personality into everything you make.

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Index 99 Queens – Bristol ......................................................... 53

Lido – Bristol .................................................................... 6

A cappella – Bristol ......................................................... 36

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill – Congresbury ... 38

Al Fresco – Cleeve, Bristol ............................................... 31

Margot May – Bristol ...................................................... 56

Aqua – Bristol ................................................................. 33

Mud Dock Café – Bristol.................................................. 52

Aquila – Bristol ............................................................... 29

New Moon Tapas – Bristol ............................................... 37

Avenue Café – Bristol ...................................................... 54

No.4 Clifton Village – Bristol .......................................... 12

Aztec Hotel & Spa – Almondsbury ................................... 11

Nova – Bristol ................................................................. 44

Bear & Swan, The – Chew Magna .................................... 26 Best Western Compass Inn, The – Tormarton .................... 44 Black Swan, The – Westbury-on-Trym .............................. 18 Blaise Restaurant, The – Bristol ....................................... 14 Bocabar – Bristol, Glastonbury ........................................ 48 Bosco Pizzeria – Bristol .................................................. 30 Brace & Browns – Bristol ................................................ 43 Brasserie Blanc – Bristol ................................................. 28 Bristol Cookhouse, The – Bristol ...................................... 22

Old House at Home, The – Burton .................................... 23 Old Station Inn, The – Hallatrow...................................... 57 Olive Shed, The – Bristol ................................................. 37 Papa’s – Weston-super-Mare............................................ 21 Pizzarova – Bristol .......................................................... 35 Planet Pizza – Bristol ...................................................... 34 Poco – Bristol ................................................................... 7 Prince Street Social, The – Bristol ................................... 52

Browns Brasserie & Bar – Bristol .................................... 28

Punchbowl Alehouse & Kitchen – Bristol .......................... 20

Burger Joint, The – Bristol ....................................................39

Racks Bar & Kitchen – Bristol ......................................... 13

Cabot Circus – Bristol ..................................................... 46

Rainbow Casino – Bristol ................................................. 45

Clifton Sausage, The – Bristol.......................................... 15

Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park – Colerne .......... 3

Clifton Thai – Bristol ....................................................... 59

Rising Sun, The – Backwell.............................................. 25

Coach & Horses, The – Bristol ......................................... 57

River Cottage Kitchen Bristol – Bristol............................. 21

Coal Grill & Bar – Bristol ................................................ 41

River Grille, The – Bristol .................................................. 5

Collage – Bristol ............................................................. 12

Rummer, The – Bristol ..................................................... 42

Cowshed, The – Bristol .................................................... 10

Seamus O’Donnell’s – Bristol ........................................... 56

Cumberwell Park – Bradford on Avon .............................. 51

Severnshed – Bristol ........................................................ 49

Dining Room at Whatley Manor, The – Malmesbury ............ 5

Spicer + Cole – Bristol ......................................................................55

Five Grains – Bristol........................................................ 53 Florence Restaurant – Bristol........................................... 32 Flour & Ash – Bristol ...................................................... 36 Franco Manca – Bristol ................................................... 34 Gallimaufry, The – Bristol................................................ 13 Giuseppe’s – Bristol ......................................................... 32 Glassboat Brasserie – Bristol ........................................... 27 Gloucester Old Spot, The – Bristol.................................... 19 Gloucester Road Ale House – Bristol ................................ 18 Grey’s Brasserie at Whatley Manor – Malmesbury............ 14

Square, The – Bristol ....................................................... 10 St Nicholas Market – Bristol ........................................... 16 Symonds at Redwood – Failand .......................................... 8 Three Brothers Burgers – Bristol...................................... 40 Toast Room, The – Bristol ................................................ 56 Travellers Rest, The – Bristol ........................................... 14 Urban Roof Terrace – Bristol ........................................... 50 Wagamama – Bristol ....................................................... 61 Wahaca Bristol – Bristol ................................................. 38

Hall & Woodhouse Portishead – Portishead ...................... 50

Wheatsheaf, The – Thornbury........................................... 19

Jersey Lily, The – Bristol ................................................. 58

White Horse, The – Westbury-on-Trym ............................. 24

Jetty, The – Bristol ............................................................ 9

Wild Beer Co, The – Bristol ............................................. 42

Keepers Kitchen & Bar – Bristol ...................................... 48

YoYo – Bristol ................................................................. 42

King Street Brew House – Bristol .................................... 20

Yume Kitchen – Bristol .................................................... 60

Koh Thai Tapas – Bristol .................................................. 58

Zerodegrees – Bristol ...................................................... 30

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GLASSBOAT BRASSERIE EVENTS & PRIVATE H IR E

Located on the Floating Harbour in the historic quarter of Bristol, the Glassboat Brasserie is a perfect setting for all occasions, with spectacular views of the river and Bristol bridge. We pride ourselves on sourcing the finest ingredients and delivering perfect classic French dishes. Our recently refurbished Lower Deck can be used as a meeting room or private dining space for up to 40 people. Larger events and weddings have the option of exclusive use of the boat for up to 150 people. This romantic setting is also available for licensed wedding ceremonies. Please visit our website to view our events brochure: www.glassboat.co.uk Meeting Room - for business meetings (AV equipment inclusive) Private Dining - available for lunch and dinner Weddings - ceremonies, wedding breakfasts, evening receptions

Lunch - Monday to Saturday noon - 2.45pm / Sunday noon - 4pm Dinner - Monday to Saturday 5.30pm - 9.45pm

Reservations: 0844 502 7138 events@glassboat.co.uk


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FOR A DAY’S HOLIDAY AT THE LIDO

Choose the Lido for a full day of rest and relaxation in the most unique urban setting. Bristol Lido offers swimming and spa treatments alongside an incredible tapas bar, in addition to a restaurant serving award–winning food from Freddy Bird for lunch and dinner. Swim and dine packages available year-round at www.lidobristol.com Breakfast 8am to 11.30am Lunch (set menu and à la carte) noon to 3pm Tapas noon to 10pm Dinner 6pm to 10pm Private dining available Swim & Dine and Spa Day packages available year-round

Bristol Lido, Oakfield Place, Bristol, BS8 2BJ • 0844 502 7136 • www.lidobristol.com

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