Goodness me there are a lot of exceedingly delicious-sounding places that have either just opened or are on the brink of flinging their doors open to hungry Bristol people. What a veritable foodie heaven! We're chomping at the bit to try out these newbies this spring...

The Gold Bar @ Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Inside the converted Lloyd’s bank building, which now houses Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa is the elegant, The Gold Bar. There’s a classy cocktail menu to match the bar’s sophisticated air as well as a selection of bites and sharing platters from the Jetty restaurant for those that wish to nibble whilst they imbibe.

Gold Bar Bristol

Image - The Gold Bar @ Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

Greenshank Café & Bar

Bristol Packet Boat Trips have recently opened a new floating café/bar on historic narrowboat, the Greenshank, a stone’s throw from Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Currently serving tea, coffee and cakes, they hope to offer food on-board once the galley is finished later this month and eventually, early evening aperitifs. A glorious spot for soaking up some spring sunshine.

Greenshank cafe bar

Image - Greenshank Café & Bar, credit Lesley Gillilan

Finzels Reach street food market

With one of Bristol’s latest city centre developments, Finzels Reach, comes an exciting new street food market. Taking place opposite Castle Park every Friday from 12-2, there’ll be a different tasty line-up each week. From Thai street food to Paella, Cantonese dumplings to mac ‘n’ cheese, it’s perfect for an out-of- the-ordinary lunchtime refuel.

Le Poivrot

Richard Tring, former head bartender at The Milk Thistle, co-founder of speakeasy bar, Red Light and Weber and Trings (a family-run business on Christmas Steps specialising in French wines and hard-to-find spirits), comes highly qualified for his new venture – Le Poivrot. Serving mainly French wines alongside cheese and charcuterie from the Jura Mountains, they hope to expand the menu with further French classics.

Calypso Kitchen

From the founders of Bristol’s Biblos (Banksy’s chosen caterers at Dismaland) comes Caribbean diner, Calypso Kitchen based in Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, part of the city’s new Harbourside community. Goodies such as King prawn gumbo, jerk belly pork and curried goat are inspired by generations-old, finely tweaked family recipes.

Cargo 2 – OPENING 26 MAY

Cargo 1

Image - restaurants and retail in Cargo 1 shipping containers, credit Erik van Erp

Bristol’s iconic Harbourside is getting a revamp with some seriously exciting prospects for food-lovers. Cargo 1 is already host to an array of delicious new munching options and when Cargo 2, just next door, opens a further 38 shipping containers on June 2nd, visitors will be totally spoilt for choice on where to chomp. Here’s a few to whet your appetite…

  • Salt & Malt

Bristol’s ‘celebrity’ chef, Josh Eggleton is set to open a second Salt & Malt at the new Cargo 2 development (the first is in Chew Magna near his Michelin-starred restaurant The Pony & Trap). Chow down on their signature gluten free fish and chips, with Bristol’s Floating Harbour as a backdrop.

  • Spuntino

The award-winning Soho eatery, Spuntino, is coming to Bristol, thanks to POLPO founders Russell Norman and Richard Beatty. Inspired by 1950s American diners, Spuntino specialises in small plates of Italian-influenced New York comfort food. Wolfing down Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese or Truffle Egg Toast on their harbour-view terrace sounds pretty dreamy to us. There’ll also be a barbecue during the summer months. Yum.

  • The Athenian

Get your gnashers around some Greek street food when The Athenian comes to Bristol Cargo 2 in spring. Souvlaki consists of a pitta wrap filled with grilled meat (or cheese for veggies and mushrooms if you’re vegan).

The Athenian

Image Souvlaki, credit - The Athenian

  • CUPP Bubble Tea 

Adding to its Cabot Circus and St Stephens Street locations, CUPP will be opening a third outlet in Cargo 2. Authentic Taiwanese bubble tea and noodles await your taste buds.

  • The Pickled Brisket

Salt beef fan? Then this’ll be right up your street. There’s nothing quite like it yet in Bristol, so we’re eagerly waiting to try some hot salt beef treats, including the mouth-watering Reuben with blow torched Swiss Cheese.

  • Cargo Cantina

Bristol’s first Mexican taco bar (and sister restaurant to popular Bravas), Cargo Cantina promises fresh, ‘zingy’ tacos with organic ingredients, Mexican snacks as well as ice cold beers, frozen margaritas and cocktails made from 100% agave tequila and mezcal. Need we say more?

  • Gopal’s Curry Shack

You may recognise this vegetarian and vegan Indian street food venture from food festivals and local markets. A fusion of Indian spices with seasonal West Country produce, you’ll find delights on the menu such as wild garlic pakoras and the intriguing onion bhaji scotch egg. Stop it.

Curry box

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