Gin peddler, cocktail connoisseur and food fanatic Danny Walker tells us why this hilly suburb of Bristol is worth the climb...

Kingsdown is a happy little suburb tucked away between Stokes Croft and Cotham, a stones throw from the city and a short walk from Gloucester Road and Clifton, so pretty well located. 

The Bristol food scene has exploded in recent years, and nowhere more so than within an 8 minute walk of my house, which is pretty awesome. Here are my local highlights...

Chandos Road Street Party in Redland
Image -  Chandos Road Street Party

Chandos Road

Stop for a quick beer in Red Monkey micro pub or craft beer specialists The Good Measure, or a wine on the terrace at Snobby's, before completing the tour with a meal at Wilsons. Everything about Wilsons is pure simplicity, with exceptional execution, blanc walls and a small daily menu of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. 

Plate of food at Wilsons restaurant in Bristol - credit Wilsons
Image - Wilson's

Cotham Hill

Another amazing street that seems to keep getting better. I always start out at Corks Of Cotham, a stunning little booze shop with a well-curated wine selection, a huge amount of craft beers and a spirits selection well worth staring longingly at for a while. All of that coupled with friendly, knowledgeable staff makes most boozy gift buying a cinch.

Next stop is Bravas for the most authentic tapas experience in town. This small space is always packed with the hustle and bustle you'd expect in downtown Barcelona, with food and sherry to match. It's a great late night option as they serve a little later than most. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants along this street though, with Muino, The Viet Kitchen and Rock Salt to name a few. You can also get some excellent cocktails at Crying Wolf.

The street also plays host to a great street party in the summer, which is a fab family day out.

Interior of restaurant - credit Season & Taste
Image - Bravas


St Michael's Hill isn't a fun hill to walk up, but it's worth it to get to Kingsdown.

First of all there are the pubs, and what a line up: The Green Man for the best gin selection this side of the city, The Hillgrove for its awesome beer selection, The Highbury Vaults to step back in time and play some bar billiards, The Robin Hood for its pop-up kitchen takeovers and The Kingsdown Vaults for all of the live music - all within a 8 minute walk of each other!

A group of people tasting gin - Credit Yuup
Image - Gin tasting with Psychopomp. Credit: Yuup

Then of course there is Psychopomp - I couldn't not plug the distillery! Book in on a Saturday to learn how to make your own gin, or purchase the locally-made gin from the Psychopomp website.

Just around the corner is the Michelin-starred Bulrush, another of Bristol's best little independent restaurants; I ate a foie gras macaron last time I visited and it has stuck in my mind ever since.

One of the dishes available at Bulrush in the Cotham area of West Bristol - credit Bulrush
Image - Bulrush