When choosing to eat out in Bristol, it can sometimes be a struggle. There are SO many foodie hotspot areas teaming with fantastic bars and restaurants, that we are truly spoilt for choice.
We’ve decided to create our Foozie area guides to help when it comes to making such decisions. Our guides are broken down into sections, so depending on what you are looking for, we should be able to give you some inspiration.
So you are going for…
Beets & Roots
Address: 39 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
A charming little vegetarian café on Cotham Hill, Beets & Roots’ delicious dishes are a treat for the eyes as well as the palate: grab yourself a colourful Buddha Bowl and feel your hangover disappear.
Address: 32 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
Muiño could have appeared in a number of categories here (their early bird dinner offer is certainly worth a go) but their take on huevos rancheros makes them a big draw before midday. Well, that and their bottomless Prosecco brunch…
Address: 9 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
Wagamama went some way to bringing Japanese food into mainstream British culture but at Yume you get more authenticity and better taste, for a fraction of the price. And yes, they do Chicken Katsu Curry.
Address: 151 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol BS2
Tiffins proudly display a number of articles, awards and accolades in the front of their small premises on St.Michael’s Hill, and they serve to accurately reflect the quality of the dishes served up by chef-proprietor Jay. Just order whichever vegetarian curry is on that day – the dishes are inspired by the produce that is available and in season.
Address: 5-7 Chandos Road, Bristol BS6
A new opening on Chandos Road (fast becoming a Mecca for the Bristol foodie), Otira serve New Zealand-inspired food which is seriously gourmet. Dishes are devoid of individual pricing, so take a good look through the menu and pick whatever takes your fancy. Or, for £37.50, you can get yourself a very reasonably-priced 4 course “Trust The Chef” menu. You won’t regret it.
Address: 25 Zealand Road, Bristol BS6
Greens was at the vanguard of the sudden explosion of Bristol’s food scene, but don’t let their reputations as stalwarts put you off – these guys have years of experience serving up modern British and French cooking to the discerning residents of BS6. Though their menu changes regularly, if they have the Chicken Kiev available, you simply must.
Address: 37a Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
I’m a huge fan of any food establishment that sticks to the idea of doing one thing extremely well, and Pasta Loco fits in to this category. Even their ‘risotto’ is made with orzo pasta. With dishes like pork belly carbonara (served with pancetta wrapped poached egg), Pasta Loco have secured a well deserved place in Bristol’s hearts, and we cannot wait for the opening of their new project, Ripiena.
Address: 5-7 Chandos Road, Bristol BS6
Chandos Social is located in one half of the aforementioned Otira, and they serve a tapas menu that is a touch more low key (though no less delicious) than the gourmet offerings next door. A relaxed atmosphere, exciting cocktail list and excellent service make Chandos Social perfect for a date night.
Address: 34 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
The sister restaurant of Bell’s Diner in Montpelier, Bellita serve up stunning sharing dishes on a frequently changing menu. You should try their shrub cocktails on arrival, and enjoy a bottle of wine from their exclusively female-produced wine list with your food. If you’re feeling like a slightly cosier night out, then Wednesday is paella night (which even includes a vegetarian option).
Address: 24 Chandos Road, Bristol BS6
Be very careful who you take on a date to Wilsons because the odds are they will never want to leave you afterwards. Get yourselves a ‘stiffener’ as an apéritif, and settle in to the cosy dining room. The menu is simple, with a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts but Wilsons never let you down – be it sesame gyoza in celeriac broth, or roebuck deer with Hispi cabbage.
Address: 2B Chandos Road, Bristol BS6
A ‘bar and galley kitchen,’ Aviator is a cosy little one-room venue, perfect for a quiet pint of craft ale on a weeknight, or a drink on your way to one of Chandos Road’s many impressive restaurants.
Address: 31-35 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
Though part of a chain, it is testament to the way Brewhouse has integrated into its surroundings on Cotham Hill that it doesn’t feel like one. It’s great for a cosy pint of ale in the winter or, even better, a summer pint in their suntrap garden.
Address: 162 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol BS2
The Highbury is one of the few true, old-school pubs in walking distance of the centre. A favourite with students and middle-aged real ale aficionados alike, this wood-panelled pub has two cosy bars and a huge, heated garden.
Kingsdown Wine Vaults
Address: 31 Kingsdown Parade, Bristol BS6
For a while, Kingsdown Wine Vaults seemed to be in danger of permanent closure. Those problems seem to be in the past now, and this great little real ale pub also boasts free live music (often with a blues, folk or country leaning) in an intimate setting.
No Man’s Grace
Address: 6 Chandos Road, Bristol BS6
No Man’s won the hearts of many when it arrived on the scene in 2014, and its relaxed approach means you can experience fine dining without stuffy service or linen tablecloths. The Sunday lunch is always delicious and reasonably unique in that you could complement your meal with a starter as refined as, for example, ox cheek and celeriac with black pepper granola.
Address: 35-37 Stanley Road, Bristol BS6
The Kenny is the Redland outpost of the Pony and Trap’s Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton, and their Sunday lunch (with two or three course options) is, as you would expect, in another league.
With the ‘Rents
Address: 1B Chandos Road, Bristol BS6
One of only two restaurants in Bristol to hold a Michelin Star (Casamia being the other), Wilks is an almost unparalleled eating experience. Though the linen tablecloths and French style service might not be for everyone, a menu adorned with ingredients like lobster, turbot and truffle is guaranteed to satisfy.
Address: 21 Cotham Road, Bristol BS6
Bulrush take fine dining very, very seriously. Offering both à la carte and tasting menu options, this unassuming restaurant in Cotham will blow your mind with dishes like beetroot tartare, coal puree and horseradish snow. Yeah, you read that right. Snow.
Address: Lower Redland Road, Redland, BS6
A famous local, the Shakey is simply an excellent pub. They offer a good range of ales; a gin tasting option; board games from behind the bar and, more often than not, a great playlist coming over the stereo.
Coffee + Beer
Address: 16 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
Coffee + Beer is a new arrival on Cotham Hill and has decided to do not one, but two things extremely well. Sit down for an exceptional flat white and a pastry, or peruse the canned and bottled beers on offer to take away.
Address: 157-159 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol BS2
Beerd has a little something for everyone but their two biggest draws are their outstanding craft beer selection and their delicious pizzas, which are two for one on Monday nights. For me though, the best time to visit is on a Sunday when all their cask ales are £2.50.