Best Bristol Restaurants and Places To Eat in Bristol

Best places to eat and drink in Bristol

A quirky and undeniably Bristolian beat pulses through the city’s food and drink scene. Get stuck into it via fried cheese sandwiches and spiced chicken pincho skewers

Looking for Bristol restaurants? Check out the best places to eat in Bristol, including cafés, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find local beers and interesting wines, lively bars and buzzy cafés. Check out our local food and drink guide to Bristol…

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1

Hart’s Bakery

The queues snaking out the door tell you all you need to know about Hart’s Bakery. Set under the arches at Bristol Temple Meads railway station, swing by for epic sausage rolls and Saturday Bread. hartsbakery.co.uk 

Hart's Bakery, Bristol
Hart’s Bakery, Bristol

2

Bellita

Bellita restaurant is a firm favourite on Bristol’s restaurant scene. Chef Sam Sohn-Rethel’s food is astonishing and the drinks list (including an all-woman wine-maker wine list, curated by olive’s wine writer, Kate Hawkings) exudes the kind of cool that makes you realise how little you know about the drinks world, but how much you love to drink. Order the spiced chicken pincho skewer with yogurt and harissa. bellita.co.uk 

spiced chicken pincho skewer with yogurt and harissa
Spiced chicken pincho, Bellita, Bristol

3

The Bristol Cheesemonger

Shopping in a shipping container is cool, right? Literally in the case of The Bristol Cheesemonger, since the space is also refrigerated; proprietor Rosie Morgan sells excellent More Wine bag-in-box wine and the most marvellous array of British cheeses, including an awesome trio of cheddars (when in the West Country…). bristol-cheese.co.uk

Check out our favourite restaurants in Whapping Wharf, Bristol’s foodie area made up of shipping containers.

The Cheesemonger, Bristol
The Bristol Cheesemonger

4

Bristol Sweet Mart

Head to Easton (east of Bristol city centre) to find Bristol Sweet Mart, a glorious South Asian emporium where you can buy anything from tiffin boxes to bunches of herbs, chutneys, fresh pickles, pulses and grains (make sure to nose through the gargantuan selection of spices). sweetmart.co.uk 


5

Katie and Kim’s Kitchen

The duo behind Katie and Kim’s Kitchen deserve their own TV show. They cook faultlessly and you’ll want to eat everything on the short but delicious lunch menu (try bacon on sourdough with greens, tamarind chutney and aïoli). They also sell their own (brilliantly bonkers) cookbook. katieandkimskitchen.com


6

Wai Yee Hong

Apart from having one of the funniest Twitter profiles out there, Wai Yee Hong is a behemoth of a Chinese supermarket, requiring a whole day to fully explore its shelves. Charge round with a shopping trolley stocking up on all things Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai. waiyeehong.com 


7

Bar Buvette

Ineffably stylish and with a killer wine list, Bar Buvette is every inch your modern bistro. Let the French waiting staff inform your wine choice and order the fried cheese sandwich along with a plate of charcuterie and some spiky cornichons. barbuvette.co.uk

Bar Buvette made it into our top UK wine bars, check out the full list here…

Bowl of mussels
Bowl of mussels at Bar Buvette

8

Source

St Nicholas Market is a celebrated gallimaufry of food stalls and shops in Bristol, and at its heart is the wonderful Source. A food hall and café, it buys the best produce and showcases it with style. Ask to speak to manager Joe Wheatcroft, then quiz him on what’s best to buy – spankingly fresh fish straight from the coast or a superb aged rib of beefsource-food.co.uk


9

Square Food Foundation

The benchmark for all cookery schools, Barny Haughton’s Square Food Foundation runs many courses throughout the year, for all ages and cooking abilities. Its Day of the Dead pop-up demo and feast will be a knockout. squarefoodfoundation.co.uk 

Square Food Foundation, Bristol - curry masterclass
Square Food Foundation, Bristol
Square Food Foundation, Bristol - curry masterclass
Square Food Foundation, Bristol

10

Two Day Coffee Roasters

As unpretentious as coffee shops get, Two Day Coffee Roasters sells an impressive selection of beans by weight, as well as cups of coffee to go (there are no seats). The Bristol coffee scene may have grown over the past few years, but these guys were right there at the start. twodaycoffee.co.uk 


HOW TO DO IT

Double rooms at Bristol Harbour Hotel (above) start from £155, b&b (bristol-harbour-hotel.co.uk).

For more info see visitbristol.co.uk.

The Gold Bar, Bristol Harbour Hotel
The Gold Bar, Bristol Harbour Hotel

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Claire Thomson is a Bristol-based chef and the author of three cookbooks.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @5oclockapron.


Words by Claire Thomson

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Photography by Sam Gibson, Mike Lusmore, Getty