As any Bristolian knows, the Bristol food scene is well and truly buzzing. As the vibrant city evolves, changes are constantly happening. A steady stream of new restaurants keep us on our toes as old favourites close and exciting newbies take over.
Of course, earlier this year we saw the closure of a Bristol institution: Bagelboy. Not long after their departure, fellow city centre favourites Dynasty closed their doors after more than 20 years in the business.
But we’ve had our fair share of great foodie news and new openings too! This summer saw the expansion of Wapping Wharf’s Cargo quarter. Vast numbers of new restaurants, bars and cafes opened in the city including the Clifton Observatory café with its unrivalled views. The city even saw a table full of diners, great food and renowned chefs hauled 100 feet into the air over the floating harbour!
This month, the Bristol Craft Beer Festival took beer fanatics to their happy place, via craft breweries from all over the UK and abroad. To please beer fans further, last week, independent brewery Wild Beer Co. won the best drinks producer in the UK award at the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017, proving once again why they’re such a success in the city and beyond. On top of this, we recently heard the news that Bristol-born-and-bred artisan café Friska will be taking their sustainable goodness to the capital, a shining example of the ever-surprising nature of the Bristol food scene.
Looking forwards, it seems as though there’s no shortage of openings and events to get excited about. Great plans are in the clay oven to please pizza fans, as London sourdough pizza favourites Franco Manca announced their plans to open a Bristol branch in the centre this autumn. To please herbivores, this month came the joyous news that Vegfest will be returning to the city in the home of Ashton Gate Stadium next May.
But the excitement doesn’t stop there – new gems have been opening all over the place. Have any of these slipped under your radar?
Be it brunch or dinner, coffee or cocktails you’re after, Buttermilk & Maple is a must-visit. The newly-refurbished site next to the Mercure hotel promises an unforgettable dining experience. As you enter, the clean décor and unusual artwork strikes you. A collection of Banksy-inspired phrases coat the tops of the pillars, and quirky prints in frames cover the walls. The brunch, served until 4pm, is no doubt a contender for the best in Bristol. Think American-style buttermilk pancakes with maple and bacon, bubbling skakshuka, and colourful chia fruit bowls. Dinner options are equally as impressive, but the expertly-crafted, unique cocktails steal the show. Order the avocado and passion fruit mescal concoction to try something ground-breaking.
Oowee Diner has made a name for itself among Stokes Crofters and Bristolians willing to travel for a good burger. Specialising in American diner-inspired downright dirty comfort food, this place serves up burgers to make your mouth water. Patties layered with tempting toppings, loaded fries, and plenty for herbivores including buffalo cauliflower are on offer. What more could you want this coming winter than to tuck into some warming American goodness? North Bristol’s favourite diner is coming to North Street – get ready, South Bristolians! The new site is due to open in the next few weeks. Promised are all the favourites from their Picton Street joint, as well as exciting new creations.
Everyone’s talking about Dela. Meaning ‘share’ in Swedish, Dela is a hip new café-restaurant in Easton which is all about sharing good times and good food. Inspired by the Scandinavian approach to food and socialising, the restaurant opened last week in one of Bristol’s oldest buildings. The reviews so far have been glowing. After successful pop-ups in Hart’s Bakery, the restaurant has predictably taken off. Arriving for coffee, breakfast or lunch you’ll first notice the huge array of tempting sweet treats on display. For dinner, expect sociable, Scandinavian-style sharing platters and a regularly-changing menu.
Recently opened in Clifton Village, Wellborne forms part of a series of new restaurants in the area making up a kind of Clifton food and drink renaissance. The skilled team at Wellborne have a wealth of experience between them, aiming to create a personal experience for each diner who walks through the door. The ever-changing, seasonal menu focuses on presenting each dish with the sole emphasis on one core ingredient. Visit at lunch for great sandwiches and coffee in a laid-back atmosphere.