The Bridge Cafe
Avon Gorge Hotel, Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4LD
Ask any city dweller for the best view of Bristol, and you’ll be pointed in the direction of The Bridge Café. This beautiful restaurant sits along the cliff top, housed within the historic and characterful Avon Gorge Hotel. A splendid example of Clifton’s Victorian architecture, it offers spectacular views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the River Avon, and across to the leafy Leigh Woods. Entering the restaurant space, diners get acquainted with its former years of aristocratic affl uence. Wide round tables are laid with linen tablecloths, and waiters dressed in tailored shirts and white aprons are attentive to diners’ needs. The à la carte menu showcases modern British dishes with a French infl uence. Begin with an aperitif and a selection of nibbles; the classic dry Martini complements the grilled flatbread, baba ganoush and saffron aioli. With your appetite awakened, select a starter such as pan-seared scallops paired with truffle cauliflower purée, chorizo and blood orange dressing, or leek and thyme gratin doused in a fashionable Dorset Blue Vinney cheese sauce. For mains, the linguine boasts a gorgeous combination of fresh Devon crab, rich pasta and fiery chilli. When the weather suits, head out to the semi-circular terrace, which offers the famous panoramic views. For a truly unforgettable experience, book a table during the International Balloon Fiesta and watch the skyline fill will balloons while you dine and soak up the sun.