The thing about South Bristol is, we like to keep things casual. For that reason, any one place can be any number of things. A relaxed brunch spot is a tempting dinner restaurant is a cool cocktail bar… We’ll hang out there all day long if we want to. To help you choose the best of the best in Bedminster and Southville, we’ve rounded up our favourite bars and restaurants for every occasion.
Address: 60 North Street, Bristol BS3
This Berlin-style café has colourful neon lights, simple Scandi white walls, plywood shelves and loads of lovely greenery. The morning sun streams in through the big windows and the reclaimed vintage furniture is super comfy – perfect for gently waking up after a heavy night. On the menu, you’ll find lots of delicious veggie options. Try the passionfruit, ricotta and honey crumpets or the pomegranate, feta and avocado toast. They also do ‘Montreal Fogs’ – a nice change from your usual flat white.
The Toast Room
Address: 33A East Street, Bristol BS3
Another great independent café, this time with an emphasis on local produce for their ‘lights bites on toast’. Particularly good for brunch, the menu includes breakfast hash, avocado toast with lime and poached eggs, and mushrooms on toast with garlic, thyme and mascarpone. Yum!
Tincan Coffee Co.
Address: 234 North Street, Bristol BS3
Trusty Tincan is another fab brunch spot, whether you are solo, with your better half or a group of friends. The American pancakes are dreamily indulgent but the toad in the hole breakfast is what brunch dreams are really made of. Teamed with one of their delicious coffees, it’s a win.
Hobbs House Bakery
Address: 217 North Street, Bristol BS3
This long established artisan bakery opened its first North street branch in 2017, serving oodles of breakfast cakes and pastries, plus brunch staples such as Tuscan baked eggs and bacon sarnies. There are also healthier options like granola and fruit. The coffees, teas and light bites are excellent, too.
Address: 123 East Street, Bristol BS3
Vegan junk food you say? Don’t mind if I do! Stop by to get your groceries and stay for a tasty lunch. From burgers to burritos, nuggets to nachos, toasties, mac’n’cheese, hot dogs and even kebab wraps – all your guilt-free guilty pleasures are here waiting.
North Street Standard
Address: 11 -13 North Street, Bristol BS3
This big airy industrial space has original art on the walls and tasty food on the menu. At lunchtime, there’s something for everyone – from burgers and sarnies to salads and sharing plates. The truffle mac ‘n’ cheese is legendary. Wash it down with a local ale or artisan coffee. Whatever floats your boat.
Address: 232 North Street, Bristol BS3
Known for their 10 signature pizzas – those the owner and staff believe are the best – Pizza Workshop is all about great quality dough topped with delicious ingredients. The pizzas alone are great value, but at lunchtime you can drop by for a delicious ‘bocca’, too. These sourdough pizza sandwiches are served hot, with plenty of melted cheese, and come in eight tasty flavours – ours is a ‘Six’ please (hard-boiled egg, lettuce, fresh tomato, avocado, mayo).
Address: Tobacco Factory, North Street BS3
Another Bristol institution, this relaxed, bright and bold restaurant specialises in traditional ‘thali’ style dishes, meaning you’ll get lots of delicious elements all on one platter. The Southville branch is a fantastic spot for a casual lunch (or dinner) with friends.
The Burger Joint
Address: 240 North Street, Bristol BS3
You can’t go far wrong with The Burger Joint. The burgers are made however you please for whatever mood you are in, and it’s great for families. Perfect for a last minute lunch, it’s super casual and easy to drop by without booking.
Address: 291 North St, Bristol BS3 1JU
Need lunch on the run? Mark’s Bread has got your back. Their sarnies, pizza slices and cakes are heavenly, and huge! This fantastic bakery provides bread to many of the area’s best independent restaurants, too – not to be missed.
DINNER & DRINKS
The Old Bookshop
Address: 65 North Street, Bristol BS3
At the heart of Bedminster, this brilliant bar is full of curiosities and cosy corners. In the evening, there’s a choice of creative small plates or classic main courses with a tasty twist, like the beef bone marrow burger with burnt garlic mayo. If you’re just after a drink, make for the bar built from a piano and pull up a pew. There’s often live music later on, too.
The Old Butchers
Address: 57 North Street, Bristol BS3
If it’s early days, this makes a great spot for a chilled date. There are amazing original tiled walls, loads of beers to choose from and a great-value tapas menu for share – plenty to keep the conversation flowing. If the date goes well, you’re also well placed for the Old Bookshop next door…
Address: 277 North Street, Bristol BS3
We couldn’t create a list about fantastic Southville restaurants without mentioning Souk Kitchen. Their fresh Mediterranean and North African menu could easily slot into the brunch and lunch categories, we like it best when visiting of an evening with friends; taking advantage of their creative cocktails and perfect-for-sharing plates.
Address: North Street, Bristol BS3
A Southville hub for food, drink and entertainment, the Tobacco Factory is a good place to start off a Saturday night and an even better place to spend the whole evening. They often have live music or theatre, and the menu showcases seasonal British produce – perhaps kick things off with some mezze to share and a few craft beers.
Address: 202 North Street, Bristol BS3
Bang in the middle of North Street, deliciously dirty Oowee Diner is our go-to for a guilty takeaway or the perfect hangover cure. You can’t argue with ‘The Double C’ and some loaded fries to put you into that sweet, sweet food coma.
Sea Pearl Fish & Chips
Address: 73 East Street, Bristol BS3
The best chippie south of the river, Sea Pearl has a brilliant menu filled with all the classics as well as some inspired surprises – hello, beer battered halloumi! Of course, the true test is the chips: heart, tasty and not at all soggy or greasy, you can’t say fairer than that. Perfect for a lazy Friday night… (we’ve gotta give Argus a shoutout here too, just because – they rule too).
Address: 100 West Street, Bristol BS3
One of Bedminster’s best kept secrets, this authentic Thai restaurant isn’t on most delivery apps, but it’s definitely worth seeking out. Try the zingy pad Thai, the sweet and sour tofu or the perhaps the satay chicken – all delicious and served in ample portions. Takeaway or dine in the BYOB restaurant – either way its great value (cash only).
Ganesha Authentic Indian Cuisine
Address: 54-56 Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3
A Bristol favourite, this unassuming restaurant has a brilliant range of dishes. Customers rave about the chicken chettinad and the authentic dosas, plus there’s a huge section of vegetarian curries and signature tiffins. Service is excellent, too. Apparently, they were even delivering during the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorm.
The Spotted Cow
Address: 139 North Street, Bristol BS3
You just can’t go wrong with a Sunday roast at The Spotted Cow. It’s super cosy in winter and has a great walled garden for the summer. Portions are plentiful, and they cover all the big names: beef, chicken, pork, lamb and veggie. Bring your mates, bring the kids, bring the dog – everyone’s welcome.
The Victoria Park
Address: 66 Raymond Road, Bristol BS3
Recently named one of the UK best pubs for a Sunday lunch by The Times, but we’ve know this place is awesome for years. The Sunday roasts are always booked out – call ahead for goodness sake – and the tiered garden is the perfect place to lounge away your hangover. Again, it’s an everyone’s welcome kind of place, so bring the whole gang.
WITH THE ‘RENTS
Address: 36 North Street, Bristol BS3
This cute café is perfect for a birthday lunch or an afternoon tea with mum – think homemade cakes, scones with piles of clotted cream and jam, and plenty of vintage crockery. They also do toasted sandwiches and hold craft evenings.
Address: 220 North Street, Bristol BS3
This light and bright North Street café-restaurant has lovely seating both inside and out. The modern yet homely vibe makes everyone feel welcome, and parents will love their taken on traditional classics like beef bourgignon.