With so many food havens in Bristol, sometimes it can be a job to choose where to venture for your next meal. We’ve decided to put together some fabulous area guides to help you choose your next meal destination and to get the inspiration to try something new.
The Eating Room (R.I.P – soon to go mobile)
Address: 156 – 158 Wells Road, Bristol BS4
I am currently mourning the imminent departure of one of my favourite cafes and restaurants, The Eating Room. There is still a little time if you can get down there quick to try their shakshuka or kimchi cheese toastie amongst the beautiful decor before they take on their new venture. If you don’t get up the hill in time (yes there is a hill, but you will be rewarded with epic views of our lovely city) here are a few of my other local favourites.
Address: 172A Wells Road, Bristol BS4
The outside decking is the perfect spot to catch the last of the sun on Wells Road (when it comes back!) with a cocktail in hand. Depending on your mood, you can gorge on a burger, or tuck into a sample of delightful bites from their new small plates menu (my favourite way to eat). Greg the chef (previously of The Runcible Spoon and The Rummer) is currently changing up the menu so keep an eye on their social media for new dishes. Recommend ordering the calamari and the carrot escabeche.
Address: Paintworks, Bath Road, BS4
This spacious warehouse dining space in the Paintworks in particularly good for large groups. Their cosy sofas and armchairs also make it a great spot to curl up with a coffee and have a good natter with friends and solve all life problems. As well as their tapas and pizza menu, they also make a pretty mean roast. They celebrate the creativity around them with regularly changings art exhibitions and there is also free live jazz and world music to entertain you on Saturday eves.
Dine with I (pop up)
Address: Frankie Loves Ava, 152 Wells Road, Bristol
I first tried the scrummy food from Dine with i (AKA Tim Owen) years ago at a pudding club. His current pop-up residence is the cellar of the gorgeous vintage shop, Frankie Loves Ava. Pop up menu changes regularly, but expect five courses of delicious wholesome food for a bargain £30. No airs and graces here, it’s all about celebrating delicious ingredients.
Address: 198 Wells Road, Bristol BS4
Ever struggle to choose what curry you fancy? (I pretty much always want everything on any menu). Desi has solved this problem for you. WIth a tapas-style menu of small curries, you can try a variety! Each dish comes with rice, so around two dishes each, plus poppadoms of course, should be enough. Also love the bright decor and bollywood film posters adorning the walls.
Address: 184c Wells Road, Bristol BS4
Cosy little pizza place on Wells Road; wooden tables, candles, fairy lights. Dreamy. Grab your favourite bottle of wine, (it’s BYO) and choose from the extensive list of stone-baked pizza options. Fresh salads and tapas are also available for lunch.
Address: 186 wells Road, Bristol BS4
A cafe and craft shop in one! Yes, I am a big kid, but there is a CRAFT CORNER where you can play with glitter and glue alongside your coffee and a slice of one of their fab cake options. It’s mostly for children, but who doesn’t love playing with glitter and glue, huh?
Fox and West
Address: 172 wells Road, Bristol BS4
Stop for a coffee and cake and pick up your groceries in one place in this lovely deli. A wide variety of fresh fruit & veg, organic cupboard goods and vegan corner. Their cheese counter is particularly epic. They are also supporting the fight against single use plastic, so you can pick up packaging alternatives to help you achieve this at home.
Address: The Oxford, 120-122 Oxford Street, Bristol
The Oxford are now doing roast dinners! It was immediately popular, so I still need to head down to try it out. My main love for this pub is the wide variety of live music each weekend. They are also hosts of the Totterdown Music Festival.
Perret park is also a must visit for the panoramic views of Bristol (the best spot for balloon spotting during the balloon fiesta too!) Now I am still exploring. Anywhere I have missed?