Bristol is bursting with exciting food and drink offerings. It’s got it all, including a wonderful range of cafés, restaurants and bars with a passion for local sourcing.
We ask Steph Wetherell of Bristol-based The Locavore blog to take a 24-hour trip around the city to sample some of the best sustainable food and drink around. Put on a comfy pair of shoes, pack a hearty appetite and prepare yourself for some of the best grub around…
10am | breakfast | Dela
Dela opened less than a year ago and has burst onto the Bristol food scene with an enticing combination of Scandinavian-style food and locally sourced produce. This touch weaves its way through their entire daily menu. Start your day here with a breakfast of Smorrebrod sandwiches. Served on locally baked rye bread, try the smoked trout from Somerset-based Stream Farm with boiled eggs, seasoned yoghurt and home-pickled cucumber. All served up with salad leaves from nearby grower Edible Futures.
Mivart Street, BS5 6JF
11am | elevenses | Hart’s Bakery
Alongside Bristol Temple Meads train station, perfectly located in one of the arches, you’ll find Hart’s Bakery. An essential stop on any food tour of Bristol. The open layout allows you to watch the bakers craft their sourdough loaves, three-day croissants and an assortment of pastries, tarts and sausage rolls that line the counter in front of you. It’s the perfect place to stop for a coffee, especially when it’s roasted by Bristol-favourites Extract Coffee. Delicious with one of their famous cinnamon buns or their ever-changing, seasonally-inspired Danish.
Lower Approach Road, BS1 6QS
1pm | lunch | Box-E
Bursting with restaurants, fast-food outlets, bakeries and butcher’s, there’s no better place to stop for lunch than Wapping Wharf. Perched on the upper level is Box-E. The restaurant may be small in size, but the food is packed with flavour. It’s a perfect example of modern British food, with a menu entirely focused on local and seasonal ingredients from the surrounding region. The menu changes daily, but expect dishes such as heritage beetroot with White Lake Dairy goat’s curd, preserved lemon and pea shoots from their own planter, and don’t forget to leave space for puddings. Finish with their vanilla pannacotta (made with organic Bruton Dairy cream), Cheddar strawberries and candied almonds and orange.
Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6WP
Open lunchtimes, Wednesday to Saturday
3pm | pit-stop | The Bristol Cheesemonger
Rosie, The Bristol Cheesemonger, travels across the South West visiting farms and sourcing the best cheeses in the region. Whether you favour a tangy blue cheese or a soft cheese so ripe it’s oozing off the board, it’s the perfect spot to pop in and taste some of the best goat, cow and sheep cheese around. And all under Rosie’s guiding eye. Grab a slice to nibble on during the afternoon; from the moorish Hafod Cheddar to the surprisingly creamy Gorwydd Caerphilly, there’s a huge (and reliably delicious) range on offer.
Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6ZA
4pm | beer o’clock | Moor Beer Company Taproom
Moor Beer Company HQ is lurking just behind Bristol Temple Meads station, and features a taproom that is the perfect place to stop for a late afternoon beer or three (especially when the sun is shining). Their passion for combining techniques from around the world to produce what they call Modern Real Ale, topped by their passion for ‘unfined’ beers (making them vegan-friendly), has led to a vast range of ales that just keeps on growing. Pull up a stool and order a third, half or full pint of an ever-changing selection of kegs, casks, cans and bottles. Start with a Union’Hop, an ultra-modern pale ale brewed with British hops and floor malt. And follow it up by Smokey Horyzon, an unusual but irresistible smoked rye ale.
Days Road, BS2 0QS
Open Wednesday to Saturday
7pm | dinner | Poco
A firm Bristol favourite for their skill in matching the warmest of atmospheres and reliably delicious fare with a fierce loyalty to local sourcing. Start with a cold glass of Dunleavy Vineyard rosé wine while you peruse their seasonal and ever changing menu, noting their proudly displayed (very long) list of local producers on the blackboard. Expect dishes like Wye Valley asparagus, paired with labneh, lemon and Hodmedod’s British quinoa. Or heritage Isle of White tomatoes paired with lovage and aged mature Cornish Gouda, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for free-range, pasture-fed goat kid on the menu, sourced from Cotswold-based, Just Kidding. Crowned Sustainable Restaurant of the Year in 2016, their drive for sustainability stretches far beyond their sourcing, seeing them address food waste at each stage of the process, from produce ordering to composting.
45 Jamaica St, BS2 8JP
9pm | cocktails | The Rummer
Not content with their reputation as the Godfather of the Bristol cocktail scene and serving some of the best spirits around, the gang from The Rummer decided to go one better and start making their own. Their micro-distillery (conveniently underneath their cocktail bar) is where they produce bottle after bottle of delicious Bristol Dry Gin and Bristol Vodka. In the bar above, browse your way through their enticing cocktail menu with the expert advice of one of their staff members. Try Another Good Raisin, made with Sipsmith damson vodka and sloe gin, or a dirty martini made with their own vodka. If you fancy something a little different, why not have a go at the Aquavit which they distil themselves, perfectly paired with bitter lemon, or sample one of their huge range of rums and brandys, including the locally made Somerset Cider Brandy.
All Saints Ln, BS1 1JH