2016 has been an incredible year for Bristol’s food and drink scene. Not only have we had over 60 new bars, restaurants, pubs and other foodie destinations open across the city, but we’ve had a whole new destination with the opening of Whapping Wharf and Cargo – and soon to be Cargo 2. Bristol is absolutely buzzing with great food and drink and shows no signs of slowing down.
So we decided it was about time Foozie awarded the best of the best. We’ve spent all year talking, writing and tweeting about the places we love to eat and drink, so we felt it was the right time to kick off an annual award. It has been really tough to pick the winners, especially in a couple of categories – but here they are, the winners of the Foozie Awards 2016.
* The Foozie Awards are completely non-profit and were influenced only by our experiences and our passion for Bristols food and drink scene. We have not received any form of payment from any of the winners or nominees and no free meals/drink were involved as part of the selection process. The nominees and winners were all chosen based entirely on the collective opinions of team Foozie.
Best New Opening – Pasta Loco
Pasta isn’t normally the most exciting of foods, which makes Pasta Loco’s achievements that much more impressive. Owners Dom and Ben have created some of the best dishes we’ve seen in any restaurant and have completely changed our perception of what you can do with pasta forever. The restaurant itself is also a breath fo fresh air, with a real rebellious but charming feel to it.
Best Restaurant – Adelina Yard
This category didn’t have to be won by a fine dining restaurant, but it was only right that Adelina Yard took it. Their regularly changing tasting menus have provided Bristol with, dare we say it, a Michelin standard restaurant in the city centre – which has been needed for some time.
Best Casual Dining – Pigsty
With a majority of new openings falling into the casual dining category, this was a tough one to decide on! However, Pigsty topped the bill. Having created so much out of such a small restaurant with one key ingredient: pork, we had to take our hats off to ’em. The food is incredible and we love the fact that everybody has a different favourite.
Best Take Away – OOWEE Diner
Serving some of the best burgers in Bristol, Oowee Diner has also got a pretty ridiculous menu of fries and sides. Not only that, they also take some serious pride in their drinks selection. While waiting for your food you can enjoy a Chocomel… a delicious Belgian chocolate milk drink. YUM! Mix all of that with a unique buzz that you won’t find in any other takeaway, OOWEE absolutely dominated this category.
Best Bar – Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Bars don’t come any more unique than Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Sat next to the Clifton Down station, you’ll enter through an old red phone box door and into a dark and atmospheric cocktail bar. It’s the cocktails that really set this place apart, though, with some served in noodle boxes (the cool American ones, not Tupperware), small welly boots and other oddities. But this is no gimmick – oh no! The cocktails here are some of the best in the city.
Best Sunday Lunch – The Old Bookshop
This is a HUGE category that took some serious debating and deliberating. Reaching a final verdict, it had to be The Old Bookshop to take this one home. Consistently serving incredible Sunday lunches all year, their latest chef, Alex Bluette, has definitely upped the bar even higher.
Best Event – Durty Gurties: Alice in Wonderland
Durty Gurties has now run three sell-out events with their most recent pop-up being their biggest and best yet. Taking guests to a secret location by coach, their attention to detail is what sets them apart. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, an incredible three-course meal, it’ll be difficult to topple this event! We love the fact that it’s a family-run event with everyone chipping in and making it happen.
Best Festival – Bristol Food Connections
It’s one of the biggest and most attended food festivals in the country! Here at Foozie, we are proud to have it. Hosted over a week and set across the whole of Bristol, the festival features dozens of amazing local businesses.
Best Pop-up – Plumed Serpent
Mastering the art of Mexican tacos, the Plumed Serpent had to win this category. Run by partners Ed and Laura, they’ve served several pop-ups throughout 2016 with their most notable residencies at Mathilda’s and The Old Bookshop. Their fish tacos alone were a highlight of 2016.
Best Event Creative – Milk Thistle: NYE Labyrinth Ball
We love a good event and when their branding creative is spot on… it gets us pretty excited! This year, we had to give this award to the Milk Thistle. Their NYE Labyrinth Ball poster was ridiculously impressive! No wonder the event sold out so quickly.
Best Social Media – Pizzarova
Pizzarova has created some brilliant marketing social media campaigns this year. With their pink card giveaways and weekly pizza prizes, they’ve generated an unbeatable social buzz and with that, a huge success. Not all about freebies, Pizzarova knows a thing or two about getting stuck in with local foodies. A total standout, you guys deserve this!
Best Supper Club – 91 Ways
Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach 91 Ways to tell them about their win. If you’re unaware of what they do, they “harness the uniting power of food to bridge the gap between Bristol’s 91 language communities, in order to build a more united and sustainable city”. They have held numerous pop-ups over the year that have provided great food with brilliant settings and benevolent ambitions.