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.
In this area guide we explore all of the restaurants and bars in and around Bristol’s city centre.
Address: 34 St. Nicholas Street, Bristol
A calm oasis in the middle of the city, White’s Botanicals serves up a scrummy all day brunch menu in the dreamiest of settings, surrounded by plants and the most epic wallpaper. They have a passion for nutrition and exploring interesting recipes that cater for all dietary needs. Don’t miss their board of smoothie options – the chocolate one is delish!
Buttermilk and Maple
Address: 5-7 Welsh Back, Bristol
Potentially hidden along the Welshback, this venue should definitely not go unnoticed. Serving up an inventive brunch menu (including Pastrami or Lobster Benedict – fancy!) alongside an extensive cocktail menu, if you can bring yourself to order anything other than a bloody mary with your brunch.
Prince St. Social
Address: 34-41 Prince Street, Bristol
If you are Saturday is your brunch day, and you want to start the day with a bit of a party (always), Prince St. Social offer a bottomless brunch option from 10am – 4pm, with a choice of prosecco or beer. All the booze can be soaked up with a delicious stack of buttermilk pancakes, or scrummy shakshuka. Lush!
Spicer and Cole
Address: Queens Square, Bristol
A more casual affair, but this independent cafe on the corner of Queen Square serves the most delicious vegan banana bread with date caramel sauce. Their bacon, egg & harissa bap has also saved many a hangover – particularly when matched with one of their delicious coffees!
St. Nicholas Market
Address: Old City, Bristol
St. Nicholas Market is the heart of all things lunch related near the Centre (do we technically class it Old Town, I don’t know!) You can eat from pretty much anywhere in the world for around a fiver. Favourites are Matina for epic flatbread wraps if you are hungry (get there early to avoid the queue) and Eatchu for their incredible gyoza and friendly ways. Definitely grab a cake for pud from the gorgeous Ahh Toots cart.
Address: Small Bar, King Street, Bristol
We can’t be the only ones with a fried chicken obsession? Wing’s Diner deliver a menu of juicy buttermilk fried chicken with an Asian inspired twist and some have stated it as being the best fried chicken in Bristol. Hungry? Choose a burger, chips and side (***cough*** choose gravy ***cough***) for a tenner. Currently found in Small Bar on King St. if you need a lunchtime beer.
Three Brother’s Burgers
Address: Welsh Back, Bristol
If you get a lunchtime burger craving, head to Three Brothers Burgers and not only will you be eating on a boat, you can get the classic burger and chips for just £5! You can also grab an alcoholic milkshake if you are feeling indulgent.
Address: 45-47 Baldwin Street
If it’s a quick and easy lunch you are after, then head straight to Chilli Daddy. Alternatively, if you need something to clear a stinking hangover, these guys have you covered. There is a reason Chilli Daddy is so popular and long standing in Bristol and that’s because it’s authentic and delicious. Can you handle a number 5 spice level though?!
Under the Stars Bar
Address: Harbourside, Bristol
Eating tapas on the top of a boat in the Summer is one of the highlights of Bristol life. You can almost imagine you are on holiday, if British weather plays ball. Gorgeous 20s style decor, extensive cocktail list and a menu inspired by the best recipes from the places visited by ships leaving Bristol harbour.
Address: 35-37 St. Stephens Street, Bristol
“The Creative Burger People” – Burger Theory have made it their mission to push the boundaries of what a burger can be, inspired by ingredients and recipes from all over the globe, made with locally sourced and quality produce and a whole lot of love! As well as the epic meat burger options, there is also a wide variety of inventive veggie and vegan options that far exceed the usual bean burger.
Also keep an eye out for their bottomless burger events!
Address: 5 St. Stephens Street
For a chilled, but delicious dinner head to Tuk Tuck. The menu is full of exciting Asian streetfood dishes that are perfect for sharing. Always order the bibimbap: rice, veg, egg, hot sauce – mix it all up! Their kimchi fries are a game changer.
Address: 30 Clare Street, Bristol
What if we told you that this restaurant has a self service wine vending machine?! Yes, dreams do come true. Pata Negra is also full of decadence, with gorgeous decor, a tantalising tapas menu and a stonking wine list. Come with friends for a full feast or just enjoy some Spanish meats with olives and bread before getting onto the cocktails.
Address: 90 Colston Street, Bristol
This is the place to be if you want a casual feed with your friends with a cracking soundtrack and awesome burgers. They also serve cocktails, and it has a real party vibe about it. Asado often change up their menu and add new specials, so the hardest decision will be about what to eat.
Address: 31 Baldwin Street, Bristol
Transport yourself to a little side street in france at Bar Buvette. It’s cosy and candle-lit – the perfect setting for a natter over a splendid glass of wine (their wine list is pretty glorious, and they are incredibly helpful if you want tips on a wine that might suit your taste). They also have a small focused menu if you fancy a nibble alongside your wine. Their cheese toastie is a must-try!
Address: Quay Head House, Colton Avene, Bristol
If you are trying to impress, The Milk Thistle is the place to go. Look out for the milk thistle symbol to discover this hidden cocktail bar of four floors, speak-easy style decor, table service and the most divine cocktails. The perfect setting if you have that fancy outfit that you have been waiting for an excuse to wear. Recommend booking, particularly on weekends.
Bar crawl along King St.
It’s impossible to choose just one pub recommendation on King Street, so you’ll just have to work your way down them! In the Summer, get there early to nab a bench before the after-work crowd. You can also escape to the sun trap of the roof terrace at the top of The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer (or the Volley), run into the Old Duke to dance to live music or get competitive at table football or table tennis in Kongs.
Address: Corn Street, Bristol
The Ox is obviously famous for their exquisite steaks, but their Sunday Roast should also be on your hit list. Their side dish of deep-fried sprouts are renowned – and should be tried by everyone at least once in their life. It’s also Bloody Mary Sunday – if you are recovering slightly from Saturday excesses.
Address: Bristol Old City
The most perfect thing about The Rummer for a roast? The cosy sofas by the fire to recover from the post-roast coma! Their extensive bar options will also get you through from aperitif to digestif.
The Bank Tavern
Address: 8 St. John Street, Bristol
Winners of our 2017 Best Sunday Lunch in Bristol, The Bank Tavern is one of our all time favourite boozers. Sam and his super friendly team are on hand to make you feel welcome and the roast dinner is not only delicious, but incredibly reasonable. The cosy pub atmosphere adds to the experience and if you are after a Sunday funday, ask landlord and owner Sam to give you a game of booze or no booze.
With the ‘Rents
Address: Welsh Back, Bristol
Fine dining in a relaxed and gorgeous atmosphere on the waterfront, Adelina’s Yard is perfect for a family celebration. The chefs have focused on delivering a stunning menu based on the classics, but with a modern twist.
Address: Podium Level, Colston Tower, Bristol
Bambalan has a little bit of something for everyone – with a menu that includes sharing boards, pizzas or babs (flatbread covered in a variety of delicious toppings). It’s colourful, friendly and welcoming and will make sure the whole family has a great time. It also has the most epic roof terrace if the sun comes out!