It’s not just about what you eat, it’s about where you eat it – and those looking for a unique dining experience in Bristol will not be disappointed.
From a humble picnic with the best views in town, to bustling markets, boats and yurts – it really does feel like we have it all.
So take your pick and enjoy the view.
Hide away in Falafal King
Falafal King is a bit of a Bristol favourite. You’ve probably already tried the Falafal in Laffa from their mobile kitchen by the Harbourside – but did you know they have a little restaurant tucked away in Cotham? It’s pretty unassuming from the outside, but head down into the basement and you’ll find yourself in a Moroccan den, complete with traditional Arabic rugs and a wood burning stove.
6 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6LF, more info
Sigh over lunch at the Avon Gorge
You could splash out for dinner at the Avon Gorge, or if you’re on a budget, take a picnic up to the bridge – it’s the same, fabulous view with a much smaller price tag. Head up just before sunset for the best views in the city. Fancy something even more secluded? Then check out Dundry Hill.
Visit the street food paradise in St Nick’s
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You can’t visit Bristol without stopping for lunch in St Nick’s market, it’s the rules. They’ve got wraps as long as your forearm, falafal boxes bursting with veggies and hummus, tagines from Moorish, jerk chicken from Caribbean Wrap, plus pies, sausages, lasagna, pastel de nata, curry, stuffed samosas, Ahh Toots’ cakes…did I miss anything? Grab your lunch and find a spot at one of the tables, or take it over to Castle Park and sit in the sunshine with your takeaway.
St Nicholas Market, Corn St, Bristol BS1 1JQ, more info
Go undercover at Clandesdiner Secret Supper Club
Squid ink soda bread devoured at the supper club last evening. Thank you to all who joined us. Next club Dec 12th .. pic.twitter.com/nRvKZbdyzh
— Clandesdiner (@Clandesdiner) November 8, 2015
Looking for something a little more exclusive? Then turn your attention to Bristol’s secret supper clubs. There are a few around, but Clandesdiner is the most established. All you have to do is sign up, then join other gourmands in a secret location and let the chef cook you a one-of-a-kind seven course meal. All for £40 a head.
Go big at ZaZa Bazaar
Eat your way around the world at the UK’s biggest restaurant – Zaza Bazaar. It’s loud, brash, and perfect for groups of people who can’t decide on what to eat on a night out. Sure, the food is pretty cheap and cheerful, but it is by far the best buffet in the city. We recommend the Vietnamese Pho – they make it fresh in front of you.
Harbourside, Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5UH, more info
Splurge at Casamia
Hey big spender! Got some cash burning a hole in your pocket? Then get yourself to the (newley located) Casamia, one of Bristol’s Michelin Starred restaurants. Their new prices are actually a little cheaper, so if you’ve been keen to try some proper fancy food, then now’s the time.
The General, Guinea St, Bristol BS1 6SX, more info
Dine Under the Stars
Bristol is synonomous with boats. We have bars on boats, clubs on boats, and – you guessed it – a boat restaurant or two as well. Under The Stars sits on the harbourside opposite the Watershed, and serves up tapas, pizza and beer well into the night. It’s especially pretty in the summer, when you can sit on the top deck under hundreds of glowing fairy lights. Romantic!
Narrow Quay, Harbourside, Avon, Bristol BS1, more info
Take a boat to Beese’s
Whilst we’re on the subject of boats, why not pay a trip to Beese’s Gardens (as soon as this weather warms up). Hidden away in deepest Brislington, this pretty pub is sat right on the river, so hop on the Beese’s boat and spend an afternoon by the water.
Wyndham Crescent, Bristol BS4 4SX, more info
Eat among the ghosts of death row
This is just as marcarbre as it sounds. The Hightbury Vaults at the top of St Michael’s Hill was were prisioners had their last meal before being hung – and if you look closely, you’ll even see the shadow of a noose over the plate of food on the sign. Don’t let this grisly tale put you off, though – they do pretty good pub grub, and it has one of Bristol’s prettiest pub gardens.
164 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol BS2 8DE.
Visit the Crofter’s Rights’ street food pop up
Can’t decide what to have for dinner tonight? Then head on down to the Crofter’s rights and let them decide for you. The little kithen next to the pub hosts a different popup food vendor each week, so you never know what you’re getting – although Ray’s Pizza and Gopal’s Curry Shack are regulars. Plus, the pub has plenty of craft beer to wash it all down. Highly recommended.
117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3PY, more info
Play with your food at Playground
Want to add a bit of flare to your lunch? Then head on over to playground and tuck in to your food whilst sat on a swing. Just be extra careful with your hot coffee – and be sure not to wear your new white top. Food wise, Playground is good for light lunch. Their chocolate brownies come highly recommended.
45 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1TP, more info
Share a plate at the Farm
Grab a sharing platter and settle down for lunch at The Farm. Either one – we have two, one in the North, and one in the South. Windmill Hill City farm has a great little organic cafe that serves delicious food made from their own produce, and makes a great day out with the kids. St Werburghs Farm is actually a pub that sits right next to a farm, so you can go for a wander among the animals after your pint.
Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA, more info
Eat in a yurt
It’s not just a gimmick, Yurt Lush serve up some really excellent food, at very reasonable prices. They have a great selection of ales and ciders as well, so make sure you stick around for a drink or two round the stove after the meal. Their Sunday roast is one of the best in Bristol.
Clock Tower Yard, Bristol BS1 6QH, more info
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