Destination Bristol's Membership and Commercial Manager, Faye Batchelor, shares her foodie highlights... #FoodFriday.
10am Breakfast on North Street
I live just off North Street in Bedminster so I am spoilt for choice when it comes to cool and quirky joints to have breakfast.
One of my favourites is Margot May where they have a great range of homemade and locally sourced dishes. Their chunky granola is delicious and it comes with natural yogurt, fresh fruit and a shot of honey. Alternatively, their bacon sandwiches are equally as moreish with the bread coming from Mark's Bread just up the road.
12pm Coffee with a beautiful view
When I have a few hours free on a Saturday I love nothing more than a walk to Ashton Court. It is such a beautiful place so close to the city centre and I find it very tranquil.
The Stables Courtyard Café sells great coffee and if you are a dog lover (as I am) then you can enjoy a latte in the historic courtyard and watch all the lovely dogs enjoying the 860-acre estate.
2pm Primrose perfection
One of my favourite places for lunch and where I take anyone who visits the city is the Primrose Café in Clifton Village. I love the informal setting of this café right in the heart of the village and their grilled goats cheese salad with caramelised pears (with a side of sweet potato wedges if I am feeling naughty) is so delicious that I find it difficult to choose anything else.
7pm Italian fun…
I am a huge fan of Italian cuisine so if I had a choice I would choose an Italian restaurant for dinner. A couple of my favourite Italians are San Carlo on Corn Street and El Bacio on Queens Road. These restaurants have great traditional dishes as well as some excellent wines to compliment them. However, if you wanted an Italian dinner with a modern twist then I would recommend Aquila on Baldwin Street, the dishes are always beautifully presented and the desserts are incredible.
Finally, Polpo is also a really interesting restaurant. It is relatively new to Bristol and offers tasty small plates that reflects the gloriously faded elegance of Venice. It is great place to go with a group of friends because you can order lots of small dishes and taste a little bit of everything.
9pm Cocktail time
Another favourite pastime of mine is tasting new cocktails and we are very lucky in Bristol as we have some fantastic establishments to do this.
The Rummer Hotel occupies a listed building in the Old City and has won many awards for its inventive cocktails and impressive bartenders. I had a ‘Five Island Treacle’ before Christmas which was delicious.
Also Bristol has an exciting range of speakeasy bars which I love. Hyde & Co, just off Clifton Triangle, was one of Bristol’s first prohibition bars and is a definite for an after dinner drink. It is effortlessly vintage or as they describe it an ‘eclectic, low-lit gentleman’s club vibe’ about it. A perfect venue for an atmospheric night-cap.
About the author: Faye Batchelor is the Membership Manager at Destination Bristol. Faye is a huge animal lover and loves nothing more than taking her Labrador for a long walk in Leigh Woods or Ashton Court. When she isn’t surrounded by animals she can often be found enjoying a cappuccino or a refreshing glass of white in one of the many cafes on North Street.