Suncraft, Bristol: restaurant review
We try autumnal swiss chard and black masala dumplings, pancakes stuffed with rich layers of pecan and cinnamon, and cold-pressed juices made fresh on-site at this vegan restaurant
Looking for restaurants in Bristol? Read our review of vegan restaurant Suncraft in Bristol. Check out more suggestions for eating in Bristol here.
Suncraft in a nutshell:
Suncraft is a stylishly cheerful vegan (and mostly gluten-free) restaurant serving Asian-inspired dishes on Bristol’s independent-friendly Gloucester Road.
Head chef Kane Danaher, the man behind the launch menu, previously worked at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie (read our restaurant review here), but locals will be most interested to know that this is from the same team behind Sunday Roast favourite (and live music hub) The Gallimaufry, across the road.
What's the vibe?
With its bright yellow frontage, colourful tiles and prints, Suncraft is an invitingly bright space with a streetfood-meets-diner feel. There’s a mix of big wooden tables surrounded by stools (communal style), and smaller tables (made of recycled yogurt pots) with chairs, and a small garden out the back. But it’s the garden inside that’s most interesting, perhaps. A glowing rack of plants stands opposite the open kitchen — it’s a self-regulating, pesticide-free hydroponics unit, set up in partnership with Grow Bristol. This is urban gardening in action, folks.
What's the food like?
The sell is “forward-thinking, health-conscious plant-based food and drink” and you can eat in or take away from the short menu. Expect a handful of mains, sides and desserts. Wonderfully autumnal swiss chard and black masala dumplings, with parsnip mash, for our main had just the right hit of warming spice, while a side of kohlrabi, carrot and green mango salad stood out for its crunch, lingering tropical taste and punch of garlic. For pudding, choose pancake stuffed with a dense, rich layer of pecan and cinnamon, topped with an almost chocolatey ball of black sesame ice cream.
And the drinks?
The all-vegan chiller’s stocked with celebrated South-West names: Wiper and True, Cotswold Brewing Company and Harry’s Cider. There are also cherry-picked brands from elsewhere that share Suncraft’s values (such as Purearth juices) plus cold-pressed juices made fresh on-site.
olive tip: There are just two wines on offer: one red, one white, both vegan, and supplied by Bristol-based Billings & Briggs. The white, a Côtes de Gascogne that’s also organic and biodynamic, for good measure, is a must-try – brilliantly crisp and gooseberry-sharp.
Sun craft, 39 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8AD
Words by Rosie Smith
Photographs by Hattie Ellis