It's #FoodFriday! Mimi Avery, from Averys Wine Merchants, shares her foodie tips ahead of their upcoming Celebration of Wine event...

Mimi Avery from Averys Wine Merchants

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Move along, there is nothing but wine here...

Very retro I am sure but whilst the wonder of Star Wars is intergenerational, so trainee chefs fledge and are setting up on their own. In my selection of restaurants, you will find a mixture of first time restaurateurs and small, well formed wine lists plus one retro wine-free establishment.

Top tiny restaurants  

Top of the list is Bulrush – mentioned by many, this tiny restaurant is in what used to be Juniper on Cotham Road South.

George “trained at the Academy of the Culinary Arts, where Albert Roux was his sponsoring chef. A period at St John Restaurant followed, until George returned to Roux Fine Dining before his appointment to Pastry Chef under Dan Cox (executive chef Fera, Claridges) as part of the opening brigade for Roux at Parliament Square.”

He then moved west with his partner, front of house sommelier Kate. Fresh and homemade ingredients, such as his home made pickled kohlrabi and the like, lead you through a taste, texture and visual wonder event.

The taster menu is the real deal here – fantastic value for money – small yet perfectly formed dishes that leave you feeling that you have had a full meal – but also a wonderful gourmet experience with a lovely small but eclectic wine list (it changes regularly too). Catch them before they move into a different orbit – it is that good. We liked them so much they even did a pop up at ours on a Sunday evening. 

Then there's Wilsons - again a small restaurant with a succinct, well thought out wine list from husband and wife team Jan and Mary. I believe Jan hailed from The Kensington Arms. The menu is so fresh, always changing, dishes are beautifully prepared and served without much of the theatrics. I ate twice here in the first month – which is unusual for me – it was that impressive.

Selection of sherries 

Pata Negra - it is so lovely to be able to go somewhere they have good tapas and a selection of sherry. I love taking friends here and having a tasting over dinner. Nothing fancy but just what you need when you are looking for tapas and sherry. Others that are similar in Bristol include Bellita and Bravas. 

Breakfast of the Jedi 

Rocotillos is a blast from the past – I recently revisited. It's Bristol’s take on an American diner with milkshakes that come in three different thicknesses! There's everything from traditional English breakfast through to pancakes with bacon and maple syrup – sit at the bar or in banquettes. They are also open in the evenings, but I haven't managed to get there later than brunch so don't know the drinks menu. 

Looking to the future...

One place that I am excited to see opening next week is The Jetty Restaurant at the new Harbour Hotel on Corn Street. I met award-winning Chef Patron Alex Aitken, “Having opened his first restaurant, Le Poussin, in 1983, Alex taught himself to cook – a fact that Gordon Ramsay noted when he named Le Poussin one of his top 11 favourite places to eat in The Times”.

Bristol is booming with new restaurants – some such as Birch that I am ashamed to say I have not visited yet, and lots of great everyday ones such as The Cowshed, Boscos and The Lido that I visit regularly.

A celebration of wine 

Averys is hosting a large annual wine tasting, a Celebration of Wine, at Bristol Grammar School on Saturday 12 November. We’ll have over 100 wines from all over the world available to taste with many of the wine makers and producers in attendance to talk about their delicious wines. It’s a great chance to discover new wines and expand your palate in the informal setting of the Grand Hall. Tickets are available through our website www.averys.com/celebrationofwine or over the phone on 0117 921 4146. We would love to meet you and chat over a nice glass of wine. Tickets are only £25 per person and include a glass of Champagne on arrival, unlimited samples and a tasting booklet.

About the author: Mimi Avery is the Brand Ambassador for Averys Wine Merchants. Averys is Bristol’s oldest wine merchants dating back to 1793. Before that Mimi was part of the shop team, managing the cellars, and was also one of their buyers (for Alsace, Beaujolais, Champagne and more). The role of Brand Ambassador involves spreading the word of learning about and drinking good quality wines, preferably bought from Averys! Her other interests include travelling, rugby, diving, sailing and skiing.

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