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…
Bakers & Co
Address: 193 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
As the saying goes in this cafe, ‘bakers gonna bake’, and this Bristol brunch spot is one of the most well loved on Gloucester Road. Taking inspiration from sunny San Francisco, Bakers & Co. is a light and bright space, with an open kitchen, a delectable menu and glorious coffees. There are healthy brunch options alongside classic dishes and also lighter choices such as sourdough toast. It’s also an Instagram heaven, with beautifully plated dishes.
Address: 32 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2
Ever since it first burst onto the scene in Stokes Croft, Ceres has consistently impressed. Their Australian inspired menu and laid back restaurant offer some fantastic brunch dishes, which you wouldn’t find on another menu in the city. The sweetcorn fritters are ridiculously delicious, and have become a bit of a Ceres staple.
Address: 45 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2
Our Foozie Award Winner for Best Coffee Shop & Hangout, Poco offers a wonderful brunch in their charming little cafe. With a big focus on seasonal and sustainable produce, the dishes all contain goodness in their freshness. The cafe is relaxed and if you manage to nab a seat at the window bench, you can watch the world go by.
Sticks ‘n’ Broth
Address: 25-27 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2
Perfect for grabbing lunch with a mate, Sticks ‘n’ Broth have a fantastic menu full of warming and tasty ramen. With both meat and vegetarian options, sometimes there is nothing better than a big warm hug in a bowl in a relaxed atmosphere.
Address: 289 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
We’ve long had a love affair with Pizzarova for many reasons, but mainly because their sourdough pizzas are delicious, reasonable and that CHILLI JAM! Go with a group of mates or your family for a quick and easy lunch that doesn’t disappoint.
Address: 30 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1
To get your fix of oxtail curry or chicken wings and ting then head to Caribbean Croft. Offering warming goodness and with a huge selection of hand picked rums, this restaurant is perfect to indulge in a few afternoon cheeky cocktails as well as some lunch.
Address: 25 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
If you are looking for a truly delicious dinner in a wonderful neighbourhood restaurant then Bomboloni is our go to choice. Andrew and his team run this family venue with passion and it is evident that this love goes into every dish. It’s reasonable and delicious, so if you haven’ tried it yet, we’d highly recommend it.
Address: 1-3 York Road, Bristol BS6
Cosy corners, a cracking wine list and numerous tapas dishes on a menu that changes regularly with the seasons – Bell’s Diner has a fine reputation within the Bristol food scene. It’s one of the city’s long standing favourites, and was recently featured by Michelin on Twitter.
Jamaica Street Stores
Address: 37-39 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2
Another Foozie Award winner, Jamaica Street Stores has created quite the hype with their inventive menu and gorgeous inside space. With big windows, foliage and an open kitchen, the restaurant is both buzzy and laid back. Of course, there is also THAT fried chicken and kimchi dish that you absolutely must order.
Address: 26-28 Gloucester Road, BS7
All rounder The Gallimaufry could probably fit in to all of these categories, because it is a great hangout, a place to grab drinks, lunch, dinner or a Sunday roast. We’ve popped it in under casual because it is a relaxed spot to do all of these things, and a lovely one too.
The Urban Standard
Address: 35 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
The unsuspecting Urban Standard has always been one of our favourites. Cosy and intimate, yet informal, this bar and kitchen offers a range of cocktails, wines and spirits and also a seasonal menu with something to suit every level of hungry. There are sharing platters, smaller plates, mains and bar snacks and we love the mid-week mac that goes down every Wednesday night (who doesn’t want all the mac and cheese combos?!)
Address: 69-71 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
We couldn’t possibly compile a Gloucester Road guide without mentioning The Hobgoblin and their dirty dirty fries. They are a Bristol institution after all! This boozer does big and dirty burgers and does them well, so if you are after an epic feed, you can’t go far wrong. And then roll all the way home.
Address: 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1
One of the most loved vegetarian and vegan cafes on Gloucester Road has to be Cafe Kino. This creative community space is always bustling with people and the menu has lots of choice from classics such as a full English and the Cafe Kino burger.
Address: Hamilton House, Bristol BS2
Although not a full vegetarian restaurant, The Canteen’s menu features a lot of plant based dishes which are all full of goodness and always look delicious. It’s situated right in the heart of Stokes Croft and has outside seating for the warmer months and live music into the evenings.
Eat a Pitta
Address: 67A Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
Because you can never go wrong with falafel. Especially when it comes from Eat a Pitta. Stop by to grab a hearty lunch or dinner to take home, piled high with fresh salads and a big dollops of hoummous.
Address: 239 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6
We love Edit and think it is perfect for date night. Whether it is a first meeting, or a special treat, the vibe just lends itself to a comfortable and chilled out setting. Go along just for cocktails, or take your pick from their selection of Asian inspired sharing dishes whilst you get to know each other. Their all singing, all dancing sound system will provide the perfect backdrop.
Address: 197 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
This modern pub has bags of charm and personality with lots of little touches. Candles flicker and there is a fire for when the weather isn’t being too kind, and then an awesome secret beer garden for the warmer months. It’s a really relaxed and lovely space to enjoy a few drinks together.
Address: 208 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS7
One of the most romantic spots to enjoy a date on Gloucester Road has to be The Library. This wine bar, which recently won a Bristol Good Food Award is intimate, with dim lighting and candles. Owner Louise is a dream and will happily guide you on your wine choices, and you can also indulge in some tapas or meat and cheese platters too.
Address: 233 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6
Always lively, always buzzy and with 2-4-1 cocktail offers running you can’t go wrong with Bootlegger. This prohibition style hangout is great for drinking and dancing, with live music and DJs making appearances on the weekends.
Address: 51 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1
Open until the early hours, No.51 is that venue to head onto after you’ve been drinking further up Gloucester Road. DJs take to the decks and the dancefloor fills up. There is a large upstairs terrace also.
Address: 117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1
If you like heading out to a gig or are a fan of live music, then the Crofters Rights is the venue for you. With a steady stream of live acts making its way through the door and a fantastic selection of beers (not to mention Rays Pizza) this is a great spot to come with mates.
The Love Inn
Address: 84 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1
With DJs playing different sets depending on the evening, The Love Inn always has something going out for when you mutter the immortal words, ‘so, are we out out?’
Address: 1 North Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1
On a night out where you need everything from outside seating to relentlessly chain smoke and drink, to inside where the DJ is spinning and often another gig going on in a different room, then the Full Moon has it all. It’s at it’s best in the summer when the outside bar and space is teaming with revellers.
Address: Upper York Street, Bristol BS2
Want a night where you don’t finish until 6am? This is your place.
The Pipe & Slippers
Address: 118 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6
Classic and cosy pub The Pipe & Slippers is a wonderful place to come for your Sunday roast. Whether you are nursing a hangover and need it sorting, or just lining your stomach before getting on the pipe dreams for a Sunday funday session.
The Bristol Flyer
Address: 96 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
The Bristol Flyer is looking all sexy thanks to its recent refurb and the roast is also fantastic. It still has those pub vibes but has a few more modern touches now and is especially good for large groups.
The Lazy Dog
Address: 12 Ashley Down Road
OK WE KNOW THIS ISNT TECHNICALLY GLOUCESTER ROAD but the roast is delicious and it is a mere stones throw away. So if you haven’t yet been, add it to your list.
With the Parents
Cox & Baloney
Address: 182 – 184 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS7
This gorgeous vintage tea room is a lovely space to bring your parents for some afternoon tea or teacup cocktails. The venue is quirky and relaxing, with a strong choice of speciality teas brewed by the girls themselves, alongside some infused gins. Treat yourself to finger sandwiches, cakes and scones too.
Boston Tea Party
Address: 293 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
With great tasting food, a large outside space which is lovely in the summer and a fantastic drinks selection, the trusty Boston Tea Party is a good choice for the rents.
The Gloucester Road Ale House & Kitchen
Address: 99 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
Having visited this pub once it had received it’s refurbishment, we are pleased to say it offers a really lovely relaxed atmosphere with some fantastic cooking. This is a great venue to take your parents as they probably haven’t visited and will be pleasantly surprised.