Looking for Wapping Wharf, Bristol restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants in Wapping Wharf. The best foodie spots include Caribbean feasts at Calypso Kitchen, fish and chips at Salt and Malt and bao buns at Woky Ko. Check out our ideas for eating and drinking locations in Wapping Warf, from Wapping Road to Gaol Ferry Steps and beyond…
Salt and Malt
This petite fish bar is found, fittingly, on Bristol’s harbourside. You’ll spot it tucked into Cargo 2, one of the shipping containers that make up the newly redeveloped, family friendly, foodie quarter, Wapping Wharf. This is the second Salt & Malt, pared-back and nostalgic, and sister to the original which is also settled waterside, in Chew Valley, with serene lake views. Read our full review of Salt and Malt’s seafood in Wapping Wharf here.
Woky Ko is one of a number of new, remarkably small restaurants and bars housed in individual segments of CARGO, a collection of converted shipping container (think Boxpark in Shoreditch and Pop Brixton in South London). The menu is made up of flavours you might recognise, but each has been shaken up a little.
Woky Ko’s creator and head chef, Larkin Cen, made it to the final of MasterChef in 2013. After his success on the show, he quit his job as a solicitor to start his own foodie business. Following his first venture, Hokkei, a takeaway delivery service in Cardiff, Larkin opened his first restaurant, Cen, in the five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Wales a few years later, and Woky Ko is a more refined version of his original takeaway. Check out the full review of Woky Ko, Wapping Wharf, here.
With Rob Howell (previously of Michelin-starred The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna) as head chef, Root is a new veggie-focussed restaurant in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf development.
Root takes the place of Chicken Shack, which closed this summer when the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion team (the brains behind both restaurants) found they’d soon need to start compromising on their ethical values or the quality of their food. Unwilling to sacrifice either, Root was born instead with the renewed aim of offering dishes that are delicious, sustainable and affordable.
Plants hang in the floor-to-ceiling windows, glossy green tiles line the walls between licks of purple paint and crates of fresh produce sit beneath a blackboard of specials. The kitchen is open, in every sense – chefs chat to diners across the bar. See the rest of of this review of Rob Howell’s Root Restaurant, Wapping Wharf, here.
The latest addition to Wapping Wharf’s Gaol Ferry Steps, Calypso Kitchen brings Caribbean flavours to Bristol harbourside’s new foodie quarter.
With a colourful, industrially stark décor that’s not trying too hard, and dishes that bring traditional Barbadian flavours sizzling to life, it’s a natural fit to the group of vibrant new restaurants and bars here.
William Clarke and Ariel Czaczkes, founders of Bristol’s popular Biblos restaurants, are behind this stylish set-up. Known for their Middle Eastern and Caribbean fusion food, the duo have turned the dial firmly towards the Caribbean end of the spectrum at Calypso Kitchen. Read the full review of Calypso Kitchen Wapping Wharf here.
A zeitgeisty collection of cafes, bars and restaurants spread throughout a Lego-like stack of shipping containers down on Wapping Wharf (handy for big attractions like the SS Great Britain), the original version includes Box-E but an extension, Cargo 2, opened in early summer 2017 and now you can get everything from Greek-style street food and posh sausage rolls to veggie curries and sourdough pizzas, all without fuss.
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