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Bristol is full of people that arrived to the city as fresh-faced freshers and either couldn’t bear to leave or eventually gravitated back to the South West; as cities go, it has a pretty big pull. The music scene is thriving and totally diverse – you can easily hear live music every day of the week. It’s a city that values the arts, with great galleries, museums and independent cinemas, not to mention the street art that has put us on the world map – thanks Banksy! Bristol is in a beautiful part of the country, surrounded by lush countryside, and the city itself is full of green spaces. When the sun is shining, Bristol hosts picnics and barbecues galore in its parks and on the harbourside. Even when the weather is slightly more British, Bristol is a great place for food and drink. The scene is constantly changing and evolving, so there’s always somewhere new to check out. This guide will welcome you to the great city of Bristol, with our top picks for student deals, a guide to the city’s hottest areas and lots more. Read on and enjoy.
• Inside the guide map............................. 2 Navigate around Bristol without missing a thing
The CITY CENTRE ........... 6 Floating bars, cinemas, shops, galleries and restaurants galore
hit the decks.............. 8 An introduction to Thekla, Bristol’s coolest gig-on-a-boat venue
severnshed................ 10 One of Bristol’s finest harbourside haunts
STOKES CROFT.............. 13 Bristol’s cultural quarter: think street art, great music and ethical restaurants
the best of the brunch....................... 16
Whiteladies Road......24 A quintessential student spot, and a great shout whether you’re looking to shop, chill out, drink or dine
GLOUCESTER ROAD...... 26 One of Britain’s best independent high streets, and home to some of the best vintage finds
live music venues.......28 Whether you’re a toe-tapper, a mosh pit invader or a hands in the air raver, these venues can’t be beat
Swanky eateries for special occasionS..... 32 Sometimes pizza and a pint just won’t do
PARK STREET AND THE CLIFTON TRIANGLE ...... 36
Top spots for a mid-morning study break/ hangover cure
An intro to student ground zero – procrastination just got a lot easier
bristol’s veggie hotspots.................. 20
Pub Quizzes............... 38
Where to find lovely meat-free meals
Test your knowledge outside of lectures
• CONTRIBUTORS Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: O117 927 7167 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Deputy Editor Jessica Roberts Senior Editorial Assistant Emma Cullen Editorial Assistants Joele Forrester, Alex Everill, Robert Masters, Tori Sharpe Graphic Designer Sally Bufton PR Marketing Manager Jen Merrikin Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Iain McFarnon, Emma Filby, Matt Brentley Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry
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welcome to bristol Use this handy (and ever so pretty))map to find your way to the best eateries in Bristol... It’s tough to get to grips with Bristol’s myriad areas, so use our map to work out where you need to be. Whether you’re heading out with your laptop on the hunt for a chilled-out café serving great coffee, or have ditched the books and are looking to kick back and relax, we’ve sussed out the best of Bristol for you.
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• THE CITY • CENTRE Where is Bristol’s centre?
It’s a common question and one without a definitive answer. If you’re asking for directions, you’ll be pointed ‘towards the fountains.’ We’ve defined it as the area spanning Welsh Back and Corn Street towards the Hippodrome and the shopping quarter. It’s where you’ll find floating bars, independent cinema Watershed, coffee shops galore and retail heaven in Cabot Circus.
Top Picks...… THE APPLE
Bobbing along at Welsh Back is The Apple, where cider dreams come true. The Apple is the go-to bar for anyone seriously into real cider – we’re talking the good South West stuff, made with nothing but apples. This floating Dutch barge creaks under the weight of 4O different ciders, including their own super-strong Old Bristolian. 21 Arnolfini Café …
Creative block? Take a wander around Arnolfini to re-inspire you, before settling into the café with a freshly brewed cuppa and a piece of cake. If the sun is shining, grab yourself a cold beer and relax, legs swinging over the side of harbour – this is a must-do weekend pastime for any true Bristolian.
Lip-smacking modern Italian food is on offer in this great glass-fronted restaurant. Located on Baldwin Street, Aquila really is in the thick of it, close to a bevy of bars and clubs. It’s our top pick for group bookings and offers vegetarian and vegan menus, so it’s great for birthday get-togethers before you hit the town.
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• Hit the Decks THEKLA, THE 80FT, 650-TONNE BRISTOL INSTITUTION, CAN BE FOUND NEXT DOOR TO THE MUD DOCK.
After years of transporting timber around the globe, a weary and worn-out vessel arrived in Bristol’s harbour and was transformed into one of the city’s most beloved arts hubs. Thekla’s life as a working ship is now a distant memory; now it’s happily retired in order to party. Thekla is known for its music offering, thanks to an impressive line-up of live musicians, resident DJs and club nights. From house music to indie nights and acoustic sessions, the programme caters to many tastes. When the weather complies, gather on the deck with friends to soak up the buzzing atmosphere, drink in hand. Alternatively, head below deck to the hull for a live gig and experience some of the best acoustics Bristol has to offer. A capacity of 6OO means you’ll always find Thekla bustling with patrons – why not join the droves and have a great evening of your own at this floating night spot?
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Perched on the edge of The Grove and overlooking the river is Severnshed. Once a private boathouse for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the venue is now a stylish restaurant and bar, with a lovely waterside terrace that is the perfect place to recline and laze away an afternoon while enjoying a refreshing tipple in the sun. The offering is extensive and includes breakfast, brunch and an all-day à la carte menu, complemented by a great drinks selection. This includes a range of 2-for-1 cocktails, which are served all day, every day. Why not pop by in the morning and tuck into American pancakes topped with grilled bacon and maple syrup, or perhaps a traditional full English? If you’re visiting at the weekend, opt for something from the brunch menu. Options like eggs Royale and the posh fish finger sandwich are served until 4pm, and can be paired with a Mimosa or perhaps a spicy Bloody Mary. For a hearty meal, look to the à la carte. The Mediterranean vegetable and mozzarella Wellington is popular with vegetarians, while burger-fans delight in the Santa Fe burger, which is enhanced by chorizo, avocado and Swiss cheese. Sounding delicious? Sounds even better when you know that students get a whopping 25-per-cent discount on the à la carte menu. It’s not just lip-smacking food and impressive cocktails. Friday nights at Severnshed should be on your list of ways to kick off the weekend, as the DJ transforms this eatery into a waterside venue that will see you into the early hours of the morning.
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Welcome to Pinkmans Fare is baked daily in our open kitchen and served with genuine passion and a sense of fun. Choose from a counter full of pastries and cakes, sandwiches and salads, or order sourdough wood-fired pizza. Fully licensed to serve wine, beer and cocktails, as well as coffee, tea and fresh juice. Best Local Cakes – Bristol Good Food Awards 2016
pinkmans.co.uk open 7.30am-10pm
0844 502 6872 85 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5PJ “All sorrows are less with bread” | Eat in or take away | Open breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Ironworks Supply Company are all about serving delicious, freshly prepared food and amazing coffee and tea in a relaxed and fun environment. We play great music, display interesting artwork and have a fully stocked bar with beer on tap. We also supply a range of men’s apparel at the back of the café. • Di Lorenzo coffee shipped direct from Sydney •Loose-leaf tea from Alexander’s of Winchester • Stockists of Deus Ex Machina Classic Collection • Available for private functions Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and an extended café menu at night Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm; Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 9am-4pm WWW.IRONWORKSSUPPLY.CO.UK | 0844 502 6863
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• STOKES CROFT Head north of the centre and discover Bristol’s cultural quarter, pulsating with beats from bars and nightclubs, boho shops and independent art studios. Colourful graffIti, summer barbecues and glittery shindigs add to the hip vibe Stokes Croft is notorious for, and luckily there are tons of delicious foodie hotspots to fuel you up for a day’s shopping or night dancing.
Top Picks...… The Canteen
The Canteen is a thriving hub of activity where ideas, art, music and food meet. Having been awarded the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s highest rating of three stars, and Best Gluten Free and Best Supporter of Local Produce awards at the Bristol Good Food Awards, this is a creative venue with a conscience. The ever-changing menu keeps up with the seasons and features plenty of healthy, homemade nosh. Grab a freshly roasted coffee in the morning, soup or salad for lunch and then perhaps a plate of steaming stew and curry in the evening. When the sun is shining, hang out on the terrace with a pint in hand.
At the start of Stokes Croft you’ll discover pie-purveyors Pieminister, who serve award-winning gourmet pies with mash and gravy. Thanks to their commitment to using free-range British meat and carefully sourced ingredients, conscious diners can rest assured that quality and provenance come top of the list here, and the result is delicious. Cure hangovers with a delicious weekend brunch, and hair of the dog.
Since opening in 2O1O, Biblos has become somewhat of an institution in Stokes Croft. With wraps, mezze and sharing platters galore, Biblos is the go-to haunt for wonderful great-value Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisine. Flatbreads, falafels and marinades are all rustled up in-house, with liquid options including local brews and a list of exotic cocktails.
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• The Best of the Brunch Brunch. It’s a straightforward solution to a lot of life’s toughest dilemmas.
In the market for a pick-me-up after an especially boozy night? Need a study break to refuel and refocus? How about a morning-to-mid-afternoon society social with a difference? Thankfully, if you find yourself facing this type of quandary, Bristol has your back. The city is practically teeming with fantastic foodie haunts just begging to be visited between the brunching hours of 11am and 2pm. Why not add a few of these to your hit list?
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If a well-earned study break in light, airy surrounds, beside an open kitchen that turns out some of the best bakes in Bristol is the kind of thing to float your boat, then Pinkmans bakery won’t fail to please.
Located on Cheltenham Road, The Parlour is run by the Licata family, who have been making ice cream since 1974. Offering massive breakfast pancake stacks and tasty arancini to grab on the go, it’s a great place to chill out while you eat your hangover away.
Brace yourself for a brunch offering that’s known throughout Bristol for being as boozy as it is bottomless. Be sure to book early though – tables at this Bristol favourite get snapped up pretty quickly.
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When you arrive at Cosy Club for brunch you’ll have a difficult decision on your hands: go conservative and simply enjoy some great food, or take your bacon and eggs to the next level and order a couple of cocktails. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with what arrives at your table.
Brunch at MEATliquor is guaranteed to bring you back to life after an alcohol-fueled night out. Substantial portions of meat-heavy fare are on the cards, as well as plenty of sides to choose from. What’s not to love?
Ironworks Supply Co.
Barista-style coffee and a great selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch eats mean that the Ironworks Supply Co. is a great spot for mid-morning refuelling. Arrive en-masse with your mates and soak-up your hangover, or bring a laptop and study in style.
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TukTuck showcases Asian street food, offering the flavours of Korea, Japan and Thailand. We serve healthy and filling portions at budget-friendly prices, with vegetarian, vegan and halal options available. Fully licensed, we also offer lager and cider, or diners can BYOB for just ÂŁ1 corkage per person. Food is available to eat in or take away, or for delivery through Deliveroo.
5 St Stephenâ€™s Street, BS1 1EE | 0844 502 6865 Come and find us in our convenient city-centre location or find us online at @teamtuktuck on Instagram and Twitter, or by searching TukTuck on Facebook.
Student Discount 10% OFF STANDARD MENU PRICES
STUDENT OFFERS Any Breakfast & Coffee
Any Takeout Coffee
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CALL TO BOOK 0844 502 6849
OPEN DAILY Ice-cream, Wi-Fi & Fun 243 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5QP www.icecreamparlourcafe.co.uk | facebook.com/dessertparlourbristol
• Bristol’s veggie ho When it comes to vegetarian and vegan nosh, Bristol pulls out all the stops.…
Temple Meads, BS1 6QH Have you visited Bristol’s own Mongolian yurt? Located right next to Temple Meads station, Yurt Lush is a pretty haven, worth sticking your nose in if you’re heading into or out of Bristol. If you’ve attended Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and loved it, then you’ll fall head over heels for the Yurt, as the same guys run it. Yurt Lush’s menus are created by head chef Oscar Davis and Josh Eggleton (chef patron of the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap) and always offer fresh, vegetarian dishes. Their spiced chickpea burger is renowned as one of the best around and there’s a great salad bar to get stuck into at lunchtime. Brunch sees a host of veggie delights, like seasonal greens, field mushrooms and poached eggs on toast, and Boston beans with smashed avocado on sourdough. You could also go whole hog with the full veggie English.
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King Street BS1 4EF Stokes Croft, BS1 3PR Pepenero caters seamlessly for every dietary requirement you can think of, simply so we can all enjoy delicious pizza. Gluten-free? No problem. Vegan? Not an issue. In fact, most Bristolian veggies and vegans will direct you to Pepenero if you’re after somewhere with an almost excessive amount of choice. They have a whole menu of vegan pizzas, including the amazing Vegan Fest that comprises mozzarella-style cheese, tomato, aubergine, courgette, pepper, rashers, cheatin’ ham, onion and olives. The vegetarian menu is separate to the vegan menu, so there’s even more choice. These guys do cater for meat-eaters too, so it’s a great all-round eatery, and one where you can also order pudding. If you have a sweet-tooth, you absolutely have to try the Nutella pizza. Order your pizza to be delivered, or head down to The Beer Emporium on King Street or the Full Moon Bar in Stokes Croft to enjoy your wood-fired pizza with a beer.
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The Grove, BS1 4RB The Mud Dock Café is an iconic Bristol establishment, servicing both our bicycles and our hankering for great food and drink, simultaneously. Walk up the spiral metal staircases to a laid-back café restaurant (complete with cycling paraphernalia hanging from the rafters) and an outdoor terrace. While catering for all tastes, Mud Dock always has stand-out veggie dishes on offer. Their halloumi burger with Portobello mushrooms and chutney is lip-smackingly good. There’s also a popular Mexican bean burger. The Mud Dock predominantly features regularly changing specials, displayed on chalkboards around the restaurant; you’ll always find veggie options to tickle your fancy. Mud Dock also offers daily deals – just keep your beady eyes on their website for the latest. With twinkling lights, candlelit tables and one of the best views in Bristol, Mud Dock is the perfect spot for an intimate meal for two.
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Wapping Wharf, BS1 6WE – Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QX – St Werburghs, BS2 9LB Anyone who hasn’t sampled The Better Food Company’s avocado guacamole on toast needs to head down there immediately. We have three in Bristol to choose from, all with their own unique charm, yet the same health-conscious ethos. The Better Food Company is all about sustainable, local and organic produce and is just the place to go to stock up on your veggies. The cafés are fantastic for scrumptious, wholesome breakfasts and lunches. There are always plenty of freshly made sandwiches, salads and snacks to take away, but you’ll soon find yourself tempted to settle down with a coffee and lunch, or a mid-morning snack. At the Wapping Wharf café there are vegan sharing boards, veggie full English breakfasts and loads of tasty flavours of hummus. There are plenty of power points and USB chargers so you can bring your laptop and get some work done. The Better Food Company is an institution on Whiteladies Road and, as well as being a mecca for those who love their vegetables, they always have something gluten-free on offer. The St Werburghs branch is the original flagship store – you’ll really feel like part of the fabric of Bristol.
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Wells Road, BS4 2AL A capella cooks up stone-baked pizza to a musical note, and offers a menu specifically for vegetarians. The Vivaldi, for example, is a cheesy beauty of mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Brie and provelone with oregano and red onion. Adagio will soothe with a fresh medley of goat’s cheese, olives, fresh cherry and sundried tomatoes, spring onions and a final flourish of rocket, while the C Minor is perfect for those with an appetite – this hearty calzone comes stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, spinach, red and yellow peppers, and is finished with a drizzle of rosemary oil, oregano and fresh basil. The restaurant itself is intimate and always buzzing, as it’s a popular place – it’s well worth making the trip to Totterdown for.
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Broad Street, BS1 2EP Music, motorbikes and Margaritas – the Ironworks Supply Co. is just so very Bristol. The Ironworks is known for their cocktails, coffee and live music, and their veggie offering is similarly rocking. Breakfasts, open toast and bagels are in abundance and portions are generous; head down for brunch and some of the best coffee in Bristol. For veggies and vegans, there’s plenty on offer throughout the day. Try the smashed avocado with marinated feta on toast, and we suggest adding a poached egg – it’s dreamy. Or tuck into a breakfast burrito made with your own choice of fillings. Pizzas at the Ironworks are thin, crispy and the Vegan’s Vengeance is heaven – sourdough base covered in spicy ratatouille and topped with mushrooms, pine nuts, crispy kale, parsnip crisps and cumin hummus. There’s even a veggie kebab on the menu.
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St stephen’s Street, BS1 1EE As cute as the little three-wheeled Thai open taxis that this eatery is named after, Tuk Tuck is a veggie treat right in the heart of the city. The emphasis here is on Asian street food and you’ll find vegan- and veggie-friendly options, such as veg dumplings, known as gyoza, tofu katsu curry and jam-packed vegan bibimbaps, complete with homemade gochujang Korean chilli sauce. What’s more, Tuk Tuck is pocket-friendly; you won’t find much for over £7. Feeling peckish on the way home? Veggie dirty fries will hit the spot – crispy fries topped with carrot, mooli pickle, grilled mushrooms and fried tofu pieces with chipotle mayo and spring onions.
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Whiteladies road Wander up the hill from Clifton Triangle and you’ll find yourself traversing the well-worn path up Whiteladies Road. It’s a well-known hotspot for shopping – here you can browse furniture shops, peruse galleries, find a new outfit, and window-shop for that million-pound Clifton property you’ll be moving into just as soon as you graduate. All of that shopping is bound to work up an appetite, and luckily, Whiteladies is also home to an abundance of great cafés, bars, restaurants and pubs.
For a more upmarket version of a student-diet staple, look no further than Bosco. Here, handmade dough is proved for 48 hours, hand-stretched and cooked at a toasty 4OO degrees in a wood-burning oven, to create a deliciously light and crisy base. Topping combos include Italian sausage, smoked provolone and mozzarella; spinach, pine nuts and ricotta; and wood-roasted pumpkin, honey and walnuts – yum.
Bringing American-style burgers to Bristol, this place isn’t to be missed. Begin by choosing from a variety of meats and veggie-friendly patties, before selecting a medley of extras from a range that includes smoked streaky bacon, fried egg, pineapple slices and a choice of cheese. Select a sauce or two and a side to complement your towering creation and your feast is complete.
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Bringing a taste of the countryside to Bristol, Cowshed is all about simple and seasonal – and delicious – fare. This all-rounder doesn’t just offer a hearty breakfast, excellent-value lunch menu and mouth-watering evening à la carte, the Sunday lunch is also renowned. There’s a choice of meats, which are served alongside a mountain of root veg mash, Savoy cabbage, cauliflower cheese, crispy roasties and a generous helping of gravy.
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Gloucester road Gloucester Road is one of the UK’s largest and most vibrant independent high streets.
Packed with boutiques, bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants, Gloucester Road is the perfect place to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon or relaxed night out. Spend your day browsing some of the best charity shops in the city before heading out for a great-value dinner, embarking on a pub crawl or taking advantage of the area’s great live music scene.
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Offering an exciting range of food, drink, music and art, The Gallimaufry, or The Galli, as it’s known to regulars, is an award-winning and incredibly popular venue that draws a diverse and friendly crowd. Serving cask ale, beer, bottled cider and plenty of artisanal spirits and cocktails, The Galli has a relaxed and social atmosphere, entirely suited to its vibrant location. All of the food is ethically and locally sourced where possible.
With a casual, laid-back atmosphere and friendly, informal service, Pizzarova is a real hotspot for great pizza in Bristol. Their sourdough is left to prove for 24 to 36 hours and is made from a starter that has been fed for around 7O years, giving each base a light and distinctive flavour. There are plenty of toppings to choose from and there’s always something new and exciting on the menu. Perfect for a quick, on-the-go lunch or a relaxed evening with pizza, friends and some great music, Pizzarova is a cracking choice.
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BOSCO PIZZERIA The story... When Bosco was set up it was with the intention that everything was to be made in-house, right down to the pizza dough. The team spent time testing out different recipes, and the results are utterly mouthwatering. Handmade dough is left to prove for 48 hours before being hand-stretched to order and then cooked in the wood-burning oven for just two minutes at a whopping 400 degrees. This process gives a deliciously light base with a puffy and ever-so-slightly blistered crust.
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0844 502 6913 96 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QX
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• Live Music Venues Bristol’s music scene is the beating heart of this vibrant city. Constantly bringing fresh and familiar talent to the stage, its buzzing music venues are like no others. If you haven’t already, we suggest you put your glad rags on and get geared up for a night of boogying and boozing at the following spots.
The Grove, BS1 4RB Once a German timber vessel and now a lively nightclub, Thekla is moored in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Banksy painted his famous Grim Reaper on the steel hull, which can now be seen in the M Shed museum. The ship’s belly rumbles with house music, indie, pop and break beats, and in the summer, party-goers spill onto the wooden decks to celebrate against the backdrop of the sparkling harbour.
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233 Cheltenham Road, BS6 5QP Residing at the top of Cheltenham Road, this friendly, independent establishment is constantly bustling with people swaying to jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and blues tunes. Add to the mix a great selection of liquor, craft beer, cider and cocktails and you’re set for a (hazily) memorable evening.
22 Nelson Street, BS1 2LE A vintage-style bowling alley by day and club come dusk, The Lanes is the ultimate grown-up playground. Its central location is within easy reach of the student digs nearby – perfect for stumbling home. Hosting club nights, indie bands and party nights, The Lanes is an all-rounder.
12 St Thomas Street, BS1 6JJ This matter-of-fact venue, not far from Temple Meads station, opened in the ‘8Os and has been renowned ever since. The Fleece has a rich past, with Oasis, Radiohead and Muse having graced the stage before they were famous. Swing by to witness promising bands, cult favourites and touring tribute acts.
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We are a professional football club situated in the heart of north Bristol, playing our home games at the Memorial Stadium (just 3 miles from Frenchay Campus). Founded in 1883, our team, led by Darrell Clarke, currently play in SkyBet League One following back to back promotions. Come and sample the unique atmosphere of a match day here at the Memorial Stadium and take advantage of our pre-match happy hour offers!
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• special occasionS Maybe you’re looking for somewhere swanky to celebrate your birthday or to treat your date to a memorable meal. Perhaps you’re planning ahead for graduation or are simply after a sophisticated venue to make the most of your parents’ superior spending power. Whatever the special event, it’s time to dig out the iron and dress your best for a truly exceptional meal out.
The Clifton Sausage
For a taste of French chic in the city centre, head to Brasserie Blanc. Situated on the edge of Cabot Circus, it’s the perfect destination before or after a spot of shopping. The first-floor gallery offers intimate tables with fantastic views across the restaurant, and as for the food, it’s spot-on. Dishes range from French classics such as fish soup and steak frites to more modern options like seared king scallops and wild mushroom ravioli. If you’re bringing a date, it’s worth bearing in mind that the prix-fixe menu is only £11.95 for two courses from noon to 6.3Opm Monday to Saturday.
Tucked discreetly down a little side street, The Clifton Sausage is something of an institution. If you love proper sausages in an upmarket setting, then this is the place for you – and to make choosing easy, there’s a great tasting plate featuring four of their finest. Not only do they serve excellent sausages, they also offer a range of classic British dishes such as braised lamb shepherd’s pie and sticky toffee pudding. The Sunday lunch is spectacular and comes with all the trimmings, including superb Yorkshire puds.
5 The Priory Building, Quakers Friars, BS1 3DF
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River Cottage Canteen
Welsh Back, BS1 4SB
Few venues offer such stunning views of the Floating Harbour as The Glassboat. A fine dining restaurant located right on the water, it’s the perfect place to show off your foodie credentials and Bristol’s maritime heritage. The classic French menu includes refined yet unfussy dishes such as snails in garlic butter, sole meunière with kale and sautéed potatoes, and some of the best steaks in Bristol. Just round the corner from King Street, it’s also the ideal venue for an early evening meal before a show at the Bristol Old Vic.
Hotel du Vin Bistro
Narrow Lewins Mead, BS1 2NU
Discreetly set back off the main road behind Broadmead in a beautiful 18th-century building, Hotel du Vin is well worth seeking out. The attentive staff will make you feel like celebrities, and the whole place exudes an undeniable air of calm, luxury and sophistication. The à la carte menu features French-inspired dishes made from hearty British ingredients, the afternoon tea comes with a medley of French and British cakes and savouries – not forgetting the option of gin or Champagne – and they also do a lavish Sunday lunch.
39 St John’s Court, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QY
If you’re based in the Clifton area and are familiar with one of Bristol’s famous hills leading up Whiteladies Road, chances are you’ll have passed River Cottage Canteen. This contemporary renovation of a Grade II listed church makes a unique setting for a special meal – and the food is excellent too. The ingredients are seasonal, organic and locally sourced, with some even foraged from the wild, before being combined into fresh, healthy and trendy main dishes and smaller plates. They also do a feel-good Saturday breakfast and brunch that features the likes of spelt muesli with fresh pear and stewed rhubarb, and green veg hash served with a Chestnut Farm egg.
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We pride ourselves on championing top-notch food, wine and ale. The venue has an intimate theatre upstairs, while downstairs there is an art space. We also host weekly live music sessions on a Sunday evening.
Free Wi-Fi Come and find us in the heart of Clifton. Open: Sun-Weds 11.30am-11.30pm; Thurs-Sat 11.30am-midnight | Tel: 0117 973 5171 firstname.lastname@example.org | 18-20 Alma Vale Road, Bristol, BS8 2HY
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• PARK STREET • and the • Clifton Triangle You may have found that Park Street and the Clifton Triangle are student ground zero. Many of the University of Bristol’s main student facilities are concentrated around here so you’ll come to know these two popular areas like the back of your hand. Thanks to the plethora of shops, restaurants and bars, there’s plenty of opportunity to spend your student loan here – be it on vintage clothes in one of the many charity shops, grabbing coffee or lunch during a study break, or late at night in one of the bars or clubs.
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You may have heard of meaty food fest, Grillstock – a barbecue and music food festival that is on every self-respecting carnivore’s calendar. The smokehouse on Clifton Triangle is Grillstock’s first permanent residence and serves up some of the best burgers in the city – authentic, unhurried wood-smoked meat, served to the soundtrack of the Delta blues. Got a competitive streak? See if you can tackle the Grand Champion plate.
Gatsby’s Nightime Tearoom
Does expertly mixed cocktails in stylish, modern surrounds sound like something you’re interested in? If so, Gatsby’s is the ideal place for a night on the town with friends. Why not host your next society social here?
Walter’s on the Square
If your parents are in town, head to the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. Here, the dress code is smart-casual, the tapas-style fare is moreish and the cocktails are delightful. After enjoying the wonderful surrounds, sit back and let mum and dad pick up the bill.
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Gather friends for a leisurely lunch or pop in for our seasonal, two course set menu. Take a seat inside this stunning Grade I listed building, or unwind on the new terrace dining area and watch the world go by. Our restaurant also boasts a fantastic contemporary bar where you can relax until dinner with a choice of pre-drinner drinks and nibbles from our carefully selected menu.
We look forward to welcoming you chez nous. Opening Times Kitchen: Mon-Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-10.30pm, Sun 12pm-4pm Bar: Mon-Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
0844 502 6963
www.brasserieblanc.com | The Friary Building, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3DF
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