#FoodFriday: Visit Bristol’s Marketing Assistant, budding circus trapeze artist and green-fingered gardener, Anna Kilcooley gives us her top foodie recommendations around Bristol...

Anna Kilcooley

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Bristol Rocks Café at Redpoint Climbing Centre

The café at Redpoint is worth heading to even if you’re not going to scale the walls first. Set in the foyer of their re-purposed cinema climbing centre, it’s just what you need after a good climb. With brilliant veggie options, you’ll find me there most Mondays for their £10 beer and a burger deal.

Pinkmans

Famous for its pastries and treats, Pinkmans is the first stop when my family come to visit – their pizzas are incredible. Go with time to spare – you’ll spend ages gazing at the savouries which look like little works of art. Afterwards, my mum can usually be persuaded down the road to Swoon for her favourite Nocciola gelato. Next time they come, I’ll be taking them up to the White Lion in Clifton for their 18” pizzas – so big they need their own table.

Grain Barge

After a lazy Sunday cycle along the harbourside, I’ll always head to the Grain Barge. I love the setting on the water, and the chips are the best in Bristol (and I’ve done a lot of research!).

Mud Dock

At the opposite end of that cycle, or just on a sunny evening sat on the Harbourside, I’ll head to the Mud Dock. Their terrace has amazing views over the floating harbour and vegetarians don’t have to pick between a mushroom or halloumi burger – you can get both in one.

The Apple

I don’t trust any West Country dwellers who don’t love their cider, and The Apple is one of the best places to sample the region’s amazing range. It’s also a great spot to watch King Street and Welsh Back come alive. I’ve been meaning to try the cider and cheese toasties at the Bristol Cider Shop on Wapping Wharf too…

Better Food

After all those burgers, chips and pizzas (I didn’t think I liked burgers till I moved to Bristol!), I’ll stock up the fridge with some local produce from Better Food Company. 75% of their produce comes from just down the road in Chew Valley and there’s even a mini edible garden by their Wapping Wharf store which you can help maintain and pick some herbs to take home.

About the author: Anna Kilcooley is Marketing Assistant at Destination Bristol. When she’s not in the office you’ll find her a few feet in the air, either climbing or on a trapeze or desperately trying to keep plants alive both at home and in the office.

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Redpoint Climbing Centre
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Redpoint Climbing Centre

The state of the art climbing centre offers a fantastic facility for both visitors and locals alike. With roped and bouldering walls from 3-12.5m there is plenty for all ages and abilities.

Pinkmans
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Bakery serving breakfast, lunch, salads, sandwiches, cakes & tarts, sourdough pizza, fully licensed.

Swoon
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Authentic artisan gelato bar with a dash of Italian swagger and style. Handmade treats including sorbetti, gelato sticks and individual gelato monoporzioni. Providing locally roasted coffee and baked pastries, hot and cold drinks.

The White Lion Bar
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The White Lion Bar

Restaurant with a private terrace overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Grain Barge
Bar
The Grain Barge

Friendly bar/restaurant on historic converted barge in a beautiful Harbourside location

Mud Dock Cycleworks and Cafe
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Café/restaurant above a specialised mountain bike shop on Bristol's Harbourside

Better Food - Wapping Wharf
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Better Food - Wapping Wharf

Newly opened health food store in a fantastic location for South Bristolians and those visiting and working in the city centre. This store’s café also has a sunny outdoor terrace.

Bristol Cider Shop
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Bristol Cider Shop

Award winning Cider and perry from the best independent producers in the West Country.