Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Ashville, situated within walking distance of the SS Great Britain and the Tobacco Factory, has become a firm favourite for gourmands in Bristol.
The menu showcases British classics, enhanced by a modern flair. Accompanying the bill of fare is a regularly changing selection of specials, which make use of seasonal and local produce. The offering also includes a variety of beer, cider and lager, which are great to enjoy with a meal, or on their own. My starter of smoked ham hock terrine was served with savoury crackers, pickles, chutney and piccalilli, and was wonderfully decadent. My partner was equally taken with his goat’s cheese and roasted fig salad, the cheese creamy and the salad fresh. For the main course we ordered the duck leg confit and pan-fried lamb’s liver. My succulent duck arrived atop a bed of spring vegetables, pancetta lardons and asparagus and drizzled in beetroot dressing, while my partner’s meal comprised a generous portion of liver accompanied by mashed potato, crispy bacon, broad beans, a minted lamb cake and mint jelly sauce. Indulgent homemade desserts of sticky toffee pudding and a chocolate brownie proved to be the perfect way to round off an excellent meal.
We left feeling content and eager to return, perhaps next time to sample their reputed Sunday lunch or make use of the venue’s bed and breakfast facilities.