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BOMBOLONI    THIS FRIENDLY, BUZZY RESTAURANT GIVES YOU DELICIOUS AND COMFORTING BANG FOR YOUR BUCK, RECKONS JESSICA CARTER 

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stalwart of the Bristol food scene, Andrew Griffin has worked in many of its kitchens over the years – think Prego, and Tart Café and Foodstore, to name just a couple. This summer, though, he opened his very own place, putting his invaluable knowledge and experience – not only of running kitchens but also of the city’s diners and their wonts – to smashing use. So, it’s hardly a fluke that he seems to have hit upon a real culinary sweet spot with his new Italian venture on Gloucester Road. The epitome of a neighbourhood restaurant, this family-run gaff (Andrew’s

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daughter, who he trained at Tart Café, and wife work alongside him here) is laid-back and friendly, with a straightforward list of good-quality, wholesome dishes. No need for frills or embellishments, no asking the staff to explain or translate the menu, and no self-consciously hushed conversations. The atmosphere was jolly and buzzy on the Tuesday night we visited. Every table seemed to be using the restaurant differently: for family meals, social get togethers, quiet date nights, and even just somewhere to grab a bit of dinner to save cooking at home. That’s the beauty of this place, and of all good neighbourhood restaurants – they can

Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68  
Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68  
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