If you’re planning a trip to Bristol this autumn or winter and are looking to make your visit that much more memorable with an eating-out experience you and your friends and family will never forget, you’re in luck as this beautiful, historic, and distinctive city is just bursting with choice.
From quirky coffee shops filled with character to restaurants that specialise in serving up the very best Mexican, Italian, and Thai cuisine, whatever foodie experience you’re craving, you can’t go wrong in this culturally and culinarily diverse city.
Here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favourite places to eat and drink in the city that we think deserve your attention. For a more comprehensive list, be sure to check out our Bristol Food & Drink Guide 2018 and pick up your free copy here.
With three locations across Bristol (Gloucester Road, Queen Square, Clifton Village), Spicer+Cole provides this bustling city with a coffee shop experience that beats the usual offerings. Serving the highest quality coffee along with delicious food, these sophisticated, modern, and stylish shops, with their subtle Scandinavian interiors, pale oak panelling and concrete counters, make for the perfect spaces in which to chill out and sip a nice warming cup of coffee on a cold Autumn day.
An enticing array of artisan sandwiches and bagels await you, alongside homemade hummus, quiche, frittata, and a range of healthy salads which include mildly spiced large grain couscous, fresh watermelon tossed with feta in chilli and pomegranate dressing, and crunchy radish, carrot, and spring onion slaw. Come for brunch and enjoy their menu of traditional cooked breakfasts and lighter options such as salmon bagels or avocado on toast.
Aiming to prove that when British food is done well, it can compete with the best food in the world, The Clifton Sausage, situated in the heart of the beautiful Clifton Village and just a short stroll from the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, is a must visit if you’re a foodie visiting the city.
Showcasing at least six varieties of sausages on the menu at any one time, including a tempting homemade vegetarian option, you’ll be spoiled for choice. All served with either mash or champ and onion gravy, try flavours like their classic Gloucester Old Spot pork, lamb with mint and apricot, and beef and Butcombe ale. At Christmas time, their reindeer and cranberry sausages shouldn’t be missed. Although specialists in creating spectacular tasting sausages, the menu also features a range of classic British dishes like roast rump of Wiltshire lamb and fresh Cornish seafood.
This popular microbrewery and award-winning pizza restaurant is a lively establishment with a dynamic and unique atmosphere. With the tall steel brewing and serving tanks behind the bar clearly visible, this restaurant truly is a sensory experience and is brimming with the most beautiful aromas from both the beer tanks and the kitchen. Enjoy some of the freshest and tastiest beers you’ll have ever tried along with a great selection of exciting pizzas.
Whether you choose the fennel sausage and broccoli pizza, the Portobello mushroom and proscuitto pizza, or the Jamaican chicken pizza, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you want to sit outside on the balcony along the famous Christmas Steps or upstairs in the al fresco dining area, Zerodegrees promises an excellent eating-out experience every time.
Conveniently located in the city centre overlooking the water, Aqua Restaurant’s cosy interior and diverse, tempting menu make it a pleasure to visit. Sink into the sofas as you graze on hummus, olives and breads while you choose from the main menu. Using locally sourced produce and wholesome, organic options, the dishes on the menu are not only beautifully presented and tasty, but good for you too. Choose from mains such as the honey and mustard glazed chicken strips accompanied by crispy bacon salad with lemon and cracked black pepper mayo or favourites like the spicy Thai monkfish and tiger prawn curry.
This charming eatery on Bristol’s North Street is simply a must-visit. Whether you’ve come for their delightfully modern takes on traditional afternoon tea or the tempting brunch and lunch options, your mouth will water at the range of wonderful treats that await you. With its cheery and colourful interior complete with magenta shelves and flowery china cutlery, there’s no finer place in the city for a cake and a cuppa. Catering for all dietary requirements and using local producers, come in and try their range of toasted sandwiches including the roasted sweet potato and aromatic hummus toasted sandwich that is just bursting with flavour or the wonderful choice of cakes such as their nutty medley cookie or lemon and berry drizzle cake.
Something of a hidden gem situated in the middle of the city, this traditional and original pub has won the Bristol in Bloom pub frontage competition, so expect to be charmed by the flowering hanging baskets and pretty posies when you turn up for a pint or Sunday lunch.
With an exceptional selection of real ale, weekly changing craft beer on-tap, and a well-stocked bar which boasts fine wine, Continental lager, and an array of spirits, this is the perfect place to meet up with mates for a drink. Food here is also fantastic, with a regularly changing menu that features classic home-cooked dishes like juicy steaks and burgers, large helpings of nachos that are perfect for sharing with friends, and lighter bites like sandwiches. Sunday lunch is when the pub truly shines, with roasts featuring fluffy Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese, red cabbage and gravy.
The closest you’ll get to Mexico this side of the Atlantic, Wahaca’s fresh Mexican street food is full of the vibrant, mouth-watering flavours and captivating kaleidoscope colours the country is known for. Focusing on small sharing plates, the balanced menu is a delight; choose from two or three plates and pick dishes such as grilled chicken and avocado tacos, toasted quesadillas with cheese and a range of Mexican fillings, or salad-topped tostadas. If you fancy something a little bigger, try the selection of burritos or the new Mexican bowels with layers of rice, beans, salsas and flavour-packed toppings.
With its playful interiors filled with local artist Will Barras’ signature urban art and a fun, upbeat, and friendly atmosphere, there’s no more exciting place to dine out in the city.
Gloucester Road’s uniquely vibrant and culturally diverse food and drink scene is home to award-winning The Gallimaufry – or The Galli as the regulars affectionately refer to it. Drawing together food, drink, music and art, this award-winning restaurant’s food is nothing short of exemplary. Using locally and ethically sourced ingredients, the menu consists of bar snacks and simply composed main dishes bursting with flavour. Although the menu changes regularly, you can expect to find dishes such as Tuscan-style chickpeas with cauliflower, harissa and onion seed bread; freshly landed Lyme Bay scallops with bacon, samphire and sorrel; or succulent chicken, rabbit and sweetcorn with rich black pudding tortellini.
With its enviable location on Bristol’s iconic Whiteladies Road and within easy reach of popular Bristol landmarks, this exceptional restaurant receives rave reviews from all who visit and is the ideal place to enjoy a sensational Thai meal after exploring the beautiful local area. The interior boasts traditional Thai features including ornate carvings on each table depicting charming scenes of nature and elephants and soft Thai melodies play in the background, really helping to set the scene and create a serene and inviting atmosphere.
Start with dishes like juicy king prawn tempura, succulent pork ribs marinated in honey and fresh herbs, and chicken satay which arrives at the table with a quirky miniature cast iron barbecue to keep the skewers sizzling. Then move onto dishes like the sumptuous Thai green curry, prawn pad Thai and mouth-watering duck in Tamarind sauce.
Situated at the top of Park Street in a Georgian townhouse, The Square Kitchen restaurant serves modern British cuisine with an international twist. Featuring an elegant restaurant space and hidden terrace perfect for all weather thanks to sun umbrellas and heaters, this award-winning restaurant’s seasonal menu is a must try. Using the highest quality locally sourced produce, including Somerset- and Gloucestershire-sourced meat and fish from Brixham and St Ives day-boats, you won’t be disappointed with the offering here.
New for this year, the restaurant now offers a range of sharing steaks and grills, including the fish du jour throughout the week, as well as a delicious Sunday roast. The Square’s exciting barbecue and hog roast menus are also exceptionally well-suited to larger or casual gatherings at privately hired functions.
An AA-rosette-awarded restaurant, No.4 Clifton Village boasts outstanding seasonal menus that feature the finest local produce and offers an array of weekly offers and discounts including Steak Monday and Bottomless Prosecco on a Thursday. Set in an idyllic Georgian building that still displays many of its original features, but with the addition of a custom-made jam jar chandelier with modern, regal décor to match, this venue is a truly special place. And the secret Georgian garden at the back just adds to No. 4’s Georgian charm.
One of Bristol’s most unique venues, Racks Bar & Kitchen was once a wine cellar but is now a spacious bar and restaurant with a sunny terrace that provides fantastic food and an excellent selection of drinks. With its comforting, rustic décor, Racks is the ideal place to dine whether you’re after a delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch, or evening meal. Their Sunday roasts are also some of the best in Bristol. Be sure not to miss the fantastic weekly offers including Penny Pizza Tuesday, Pie One Get One Free on Wednesdays and £2.50 Processo during the week.
St Nicks Market, situated on Corn Street in the centre of Bristol, boasts an extensive and impressive range of places to eat and drink and is a must visit if you’re taking a trip to the city. From the North African cuisine of Café Atlas to the authentic and original Szechuan food served at Chilli Daddy, there’s more than enough here to keep you coming back over and over. Enjoy a hearty pie at Pieminister, Mediterranean food at The Kofta Bar, peri peri chicken at Portuguese Taste, jerk chicken served with rice and peas at Caribbean Wrap, or American-style barbecue that’s carefully smoked overnight at the Grillstock. There’s also plenty for the person with a sweet tooth, including smooth and creamy gelato at Brozen, healthy juices and smoothies at Big Juice, and tempting desserts like orange and Earl Grey cake and banana and salted caramel brownies at AHH Toots.