Looking for the best restaurants in Bristol? Who better to guide you than one of the city’s favourite chefs? Freddy Bird, executive chef of The Lido Bristol, the Glassboat and Three Brothers Burgers, gives us his favourite places to eat out in Bristol.
‘I was born and raised in Bristol but moved to London to gain some experience at The Square and Moro – where my love for cooking over fire was born. I returned to Bristol in 2008 to head up the kitchen at The Lido and have been lucky enough to experience the amazing renaissance of food culture in this great city. Although there are many new places opening up all the time, there are a few places around that I keep coming back to time and time again.’
‘I’m a huge coffee drinker so I’ve got to start my day with one (or three). The coffee scene in Bristol is really booming and you can find great coffee all over the city now. We use Bristol-locals Extract coffee at the Lido so I’m partial to seeing where they pop up next – favourites are Spicer and Cole in Clifton Village and Hart’s Bakery at Temple Meads. Hart’s do the most amazing pastry selection too so if I’m feeling peckish I’d find it difficult to turn down their layered pastries.’
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Wallfish Bistro is a great place for lunch (and dinner). Flawless cooking without any fuss. Oysters, snails, turbot, cote de boeuf. Simple ingredients cooked perfectly and great wine on offer, too.
Bellita is a beautiful little bar with food and amazing drinks. Their approach to food is relaxed and they do some absolutely cracking seafood small plates.
Bravas is a wonderful tapas place started by an old sous-chef of mine at the Lido, Imogen and her partner Kieran. The tapas-style of eating is quite big in the city – we have a daily changing menu at the Lido. At Bravas there’s always delicious sherry, food and service – I really like their open kitchen which provides a buzzing atmosphere.
CARGO down on Wapping Wharf is a great place to grab some amazing smaller bites to go or to take home with a bottle of wine or cider – I enjoy the tacos at Cantina (the new little sister of Bravas), a block of local cheese or two at The Bristol Cheesemonger and freshly made baos at Woky Ko.
The Mayflower is my favourite pit-stop after a long service. Open until 3am and situated under the bus station, it’s location only adds to its charm and the most delicious and authentic Chinese food. I regularly order their chili squid, steamed tripe and ginger or crispy fried pig’s intestines – I know they sound a bit off the wall but they are seriously amazing.
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