0.5 miles
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

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Harbourside dining is a quintessentially Bristolian endeavour, and one that this vibrant city has embraced with renewed enthusiasm in recent years. Severnshed sits on the floating harbour so lays claim to some of the best waterside views in the city, which can be enjoyed from the al fresco seating area.

We took a seat inside at one of the circular booths – perfect for sociable dining – where we could watch paddle-boarders cruise by. The sleek and stylish decor calls to mind a New York warehouse, and there are seating arrangements to suit any party size. An impressive bar splits Severnshed into drinking and dining sections, but is open on both sides to promote a relaxed, airy ambience throughout. Most importantly, the undeniably cool bar showcases a vast selection of drinks, with something for every palate. I selected a glass of chilled Prosecco topped with a strawberry, while my husband ordered a glass of malbec. The open kitchen means that tantalising aromas greet visitors on arrival, so we eagerly ordered our meals.

To start, I plumped for the gin and tonic smoked salmon, which was a delicious and thoroughly satisfying dish. My husband chose the similarly well-executed black pudding with pancetta and a poached egg. The broad menu really has something to suit every appetite, including salad, pasta and pizzas. I couldn’t resist the pan-fried seabass with fennel and lemon butter sauce. My husband asked our helpful server for her recommendation, and dutifully went for the duck confit. The meat was beautifully cooked, and served with bubble and squeak, red cabbage and cherry sauce. Both main courses were presented artfully, and portions were generous – though we weren’t able to pass up on dessert. I had the Shed Mess, which was light, delicious and finished with raspberry sauce. My husband rounded things off with a slice of chocolate and coconut tart; a vegan, gluten-free dessert. Despite being rather full, he devoured every bite, and in record time.

Severnshed’s broad menu and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect choice for anything from an intimate dinner à deux before catching a show at the theatre, to large gatherings with friends. We’ll be back soon to try some of the tempting cocktails, and to explore the menu further.

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