For this week's #FoodFriday Director of Encounters short film and animation festival, Rich Warren, shares his favourite places to eat and drink in Bristol.

Image - Rich Warren, Director of Encounters Festival 

Breakfast at Hart's 

Hart's Bakery - when my partner Liz was pregnant we pretty much lived off their egg and bacon muffins. Now it’s a treat at weekends or on the way to work trips to London. 

Mid-morning coffees 

I drink far too much coffee and kickstart the day with a coffee from my Extract Coffee roasters subscription. The rest of the morning involves various coffees from around Bristol, but one of my favourite stops is going to see the lovely ladies at Ward & Williams on the Harbourside.

Watershed for lunch 

Throughout the festival I’m fortunate enough to work my way through arthouse cinema Watershed's entire seasonal menu, in their Cafe Bar, which caters for both quick light bites and indulgent feasts when necessary.

Sugar rush 

I’m spoilt for choice on Park Street but definitely would recommend Tea Birds or Pinkmans for an afternoon sugar rush. 

Pub dinner 

On lazy days when we can’t be bothered to cook, Liz and I take Stanley to the pub for an early tea. We recently moved from Windmill Hill to Bower Ashton so have had to replace our former local, The Windmill, with The Ashton. I'm slowly working my way through the menu but enjoying the process. On days when we fancy an adventure further afield we take a trip to Totterdown to visit Southside, owned by my Co-Director Alice and her husband Will, which is always a pleasure.

About the Author: Rich Warren is Director of Encounters Festivalthe UK's leading short film and animation festival. 

Encounters short film and animation festival runs from 20-25 September 2016. See for the full programme, which includes an Aardman 40th Anniversary Special at Watershed on 20 September. 


Encounters Film Festival
Participatory Event
Encounters Film Festival

Bristol’s largest international film festival celebrates its 25th edition this year with a handpicked programme of film, animation and virtual reality.

Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside

Watershed Cafe Bar
Watershed Cafe Bar

Cafe bar serving up quality food and drink in a relaxed Harbourside location

The Tea Birds
Tea Birds Counter

Independent vintage tearoom serving the finest loose leaf tea and coffee sourced from local suppliers. All food and cakes are prepared and baked onsite including the scones on our afternoon tea.


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