Not gonna lie, I’m pretty envious of those who have just moved to Bristol… You’ve got so much to discover, so many new places to eat and drink, so many districts to take in, and so many new experiences ahead of you! It’s been a while since I’ve moved to a new city and having lived in Bristol for so many years, it’s easy to overlook how amazing it can be to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. So, we thought we’d give you the inside scoop to some of Bristol’s most iconic places to eat and drink if you’ve just moved to the city.
If you’re reading this as a Bristolian, who’s lived here for many years, some of these will definitely have a place in your heart!
The White Lion
With an incredible view overlooking the Clifton Suspension bridge, the White Lion terrace is not one to miss. It’s big, it’s heated, it’s enjoyable across all seasons. They’ve recently refurbished the whole place and let me say this… it’s lookin’ pretty slick!
Known for its secret prohibition bars, would a tour of Bristol ever be complete without seeing one of its favourite clandestine cocktail venue? Set across 4 floors, the Milkthistle boasts some of the most decadent interiors you could ever imagine! Their cocktail selection is vast, deadly, and absolutely delicious! My favourite? Salt & Patience: Lillet Blanc, Aquavit, apricot liqueur, preserved lemon vinegar, and saline solution.
I always recommend Bell’s Diner to anyone who’s undecided on where to go out for food. It’s also a great opportunity to visit the colourful Montpelier district and enjoy some of the best food the city’s got to offer… all whilst being in a historic and beautiful little bistro.
If Gloucester road is your neighbourhood, I can confidently say that the Galli will soon become one of your favourite spots for a pint with friends! What’s more is their incredible selection of tapas – perfect for a feast or a quick bite. With rustic indoor and outdoor seating, the Galli is just as enjoyable in the summer as it is in the winter.
It’s a pub and a tea room… and you can only get there by boat! But don’t worry – it’s not as difficult to get there as you may think. There’s a little boat that takes you across the river, easy! Why I love it? They’ve got super cute gardens perfect if you’re looking to find some peace and quiet.
Perhaps one of the most British things to order, pies are a thing of tradition, but Pie Minister does it better. Their take on this traditional dish is simply fantastic. You can’t say you’ve lived in Bristol until you’ve gone here… it’s as Bristolian as it gets!
River Station Terrace
All I’m gonna say is… it’s an old dockside police station converted into a restaurant/bar and they’ve got quite possibly the BEST terrace overlooking the river. Not that you want to, but out there you’ll forget you’re even in Bristol!
The only cider house in Clifton Village, the Coronation tap is so much more than your local pub. Serving up an incredible range of cider, we recommend the ‘Exhibition’ – so deadly that they only serve it in half pints. They’re also an award-winning live music venue… can’t get better than that!
Tapas lovers, take note! Bravas is the ultimate venue for those special and intimate evenings. As we’ve recommended before, their fried aubergine with molasse (as well as their chorizo cooked in cider) are INCREDIBLE. Nestled in Cotham Hill, the restaurant gets booked up relatively quickly, however, they’ve also got bar seating which means if you’re a walk-in, all tapas hopes aren’t lost!
Heading over to Stokes Croft? Be sure to check out the Full Moon & Attic Bar! They’ve got a great selection of beer and cider as well as a fabulous outdoor seating area right in the middle of all the action. Residents at the Full Moon, Pepenero is also worth checking out. They’re a pizzeria with a great selection of toppings as well as veggie, vegan, and gluten-free options. You should see the size of their pizzas, total showstoppers. Also worth mentioning, their terrace parties in the summer are wicked!
St Nicks Market
Give it a few days and without a doubt, anyone who’s lived long enough in Bristol will recommend you the St Nicks Market. It’s no surprise, you’ll be spoilt for choice with some of the greatest food traders in the city! What’s more… you’re right by the vintage market! I’d find it difficult to recommend where to eat… everything’s so good!
Cider heaven with a great outdoor seating area. It’s on King Street and a favourite of mine. Why? Well, they serve some of the strongest ciders in town! A vibrant place to be at any day of the week, you’ll get to meet tons of new people, all whilst enjoying a fabulous selection of cider, and perrie! We recommend the Old Bristolian, served up in half pints and 8.4 ABV.
Night out munchies? Get yourself to the legendary Grecian! Kebabs AND build your own pizza. A true Bristolian tradition for every night out on Gloucester road, I usually go for a halloumi pita. That, or probably a pizza with whatever topping my drunken state fancies!
Don’t let the name fool you, expect much more than just a plate of pasta. Voted as the best restaurant in Bristol as well as winning Foozie’s Newcomer Award, your quest for foodie adventures has got to start at Pasta Loco! Incredible ingredients, incredible flavours, and an ever-changing menu that will keep you coming back for more!
Great food, served up in a yurt. How quirkier can it get?! Something different to do over the weekend – be sure to check this one out! Their breakfast/brunch menu is also pretty tasty.
This is my go-to for when the Chinese food cravings kick in! A Dim Sum fan, that’s exactly what I’d recommend ordering – they hit all of the right spots.
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The Old Bookshop
Quirky, cosy, and everything vintage! The Old Bookshop is a restaurant as well as an award-winning music venue (Bristol Life Awards Best Bar 2017). If you find yourself venturing down Bedminster, be sure to check them out! They’ve got the most incredible Sunday roast as well as a new brunch menu that’s just out of this world!
Ahhh, the bakery that stole everyone’s heart! Expect everything other than what you think you know about bakeries. Taking things a step further, Pinkmans not only serves up everything you’d expect but also atypical food and drinks to your usual bakeries. If you’re looking for something sweet, try their strawberries & cream sourdoughnut. More of a savoury foodie? Give their pinwheels a go -Chickpeas, squash, goats cheese and walnuts, in between delicious puff pastry.