With the rain soaking passers by, we felt rather smug, snugly lounging in soft brown leather bucket chairs and admiring the grand architecture of this one-time bank. Impressive cornicing, high ceiling and a warming combination of browns and natural materials create a stylish and intimate backdrop. The steady flow of regulars were greeted with smiles and immediate attention - the staff here really know their clientele and are extremely good at what they do. The impressive bar is stocked high with the most extensive selections of world wines I have seen in Bristol. This veritable wine aficionados cellar is put to good use when manager Johnny James' hosts wine evenings, urging you to try a bit of what you like, and a whole host of new tasting experiences besides.
The menu is split into world tapas, big plates, sandwiches and salads sections. Of the tempting tapas we opted to share a delightful selection of impeccably presented nibbles which included chorizo and chicken skewers, a creamy plate of houmous, langoustines served with garlic butter and ciabatta, and (my personal favourite) baked boxed camembert served with cranberry sauce and dipping bread. All outstanding.
Whether at the Bristol or Bath establishment, choose from the extensive beer boutique menu, pop open a bottle of vintage bubbly, enjoy a superb meal and above all, toast yourself for discovering exactly why All Bar One is so successful.