Visit Bristol's Digital Marketing Manager Laura Valentine takes on this week's #FoodFriday itinerary...

9.30am – Brunch

Primrose Cafe – 1 Clifton Arcade, Boyces Avenue, Clifton

There really is nowhere better to start your day in Bristol than brunch at Bristol institution, Primrose Café. Tucked down a higgledy piggeldy Georgian cul-de-sac in Clifton Village, this bustling little hangout serves beautiful locally-sourced food and is a great spot to soak up some morning sun. I always seem to go for the bubble and squeak with poached eggs but there’s a whole array of tempting treats to start you off right.

11.15am – Coffee and cake

Harts Bakery – Arch 35, Lower Approach Road, Temple Meads

As people rush to and fro at Temple Meads Railway Station above you, sit back and relax in Hart’s Bakery, a charming, friendly and wondrous artisan bakery, hidden under the Victorian archways leading up to the station. The team here specialise in sourdough and handmade pastries, (which are amazing by the way) but at this time of day I’m here for the cakes. An always changing selection, think sticky ginger cakes, custard tarts, brownies and buns the size of your head, all washed down with a delicious seasonal espresso.

1pm – Lunch

Beeses – Wyndham Crescent

Nestled on the banks of the River Avon, Beeses unique sell comes from the fact that you can get a boat or ferry from the city centre up to the door and back again and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. Open from spring to the end of September annually, it has a real summer vibe, with lots of outside seating next to the water to watch the boats and rowers pootle on past. Lunch is served from 12pm with a great big burgers, top notch salads and jacket potatoes all available. Their Sunday lunch is legendary too. My top tip, get there early – it fills up pretty quickly on a sunny day.

3pm – Afternoon pick-me-up

Vee Double Moo – usually based on College Green

Vee Double Moo dishes up the soft serve ice cream of your childhood but with a new, grown-up twist including salted caramel, bitter chocolate and zesty lemon. If you spot the little VW camper or ice-cream bike ‘little moo’, head straight there and get stuck into a Nutella Cone, a fresh waffle cone lined with Nutella filled with vanilla soft serve, topped with salted caramel sauce and toasted hazelnuts. Or don’t, whatever. All the more for me! Yippee

6pm – Pre-dinner drinks

Arnolfini Café Bar – 16 Narrow Quay

You haven’t experienced Bristol life until you’ve sat with your legs dangling over the harbour outside Arnolfini Café Bar with a cold cider in your hand, watching the sunset. If it turns a bit chilly, there’s plenty of space inside too and the decor has all the clean-cut and modern edge you’d expect from Bristol’s leading contemporary arts gallery. There’s a good selection of local beers and cider, plus hand-picked wines on the menu. The bar closes at 8pm, so it’s a good spot for pre-dinner drinks.

7.30pm – Dinner

Three Brothers Burgers – Welsh Back

Oh Three Brothers Burgers how I love you, let me count the ways. Mouth-watering burgers, served pink in fresh brioche buns, a huge selection of craft and local beers and cider, a first-class Harbourside spot overlooking the water, a relaxed and laid back vibe with friendly staff and tons of space for groups of friends, creamy milkshakes (hello Reese’s peanut butter!) and perhaps most excitingly all cooked ON A BOAT!

About the Author: Laura Valentine is Visit Bristol’s Digital Marketing Manager and loves Bristol very much. She can often be found wearing scarves, looking at maps and perusing the city’s best bakeries. Her Bristol picks are St Nicholas Market, the views from the top of Cabot Tower and the Harbourside in the sunshine.

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