Liz Carrad from Source Food Hall and Cafe gives us her favourite places to eat and drink in Bristol's famous market... #FoodFriday. 

Image - Liz Carrad

Having worked at Source for eight years it has been really exciting to see the Old City come to life again since the financial crisis. St Nick’s Market has been important to this resurgence with many independent small traders, both old and new, able to deliver a fantastic variety of lunchtime food to the many people who work in the area. There is also a new Friday Food Market on Wine Street. 

It is difficult to pin down my favourites, but here are a few I return to often. Please take the time to come and visit both the Glass Arcade and the various markets on Wine St and Corn St including the St Nicholas Night Market (next one on 2 December), as they offer great food, great atmosphere and represent the individual and entrepreneurial spirit of Bristol at its best.  


I have to include myself (great cake) in this! I could just stay in my own business for food, drink, coffee and great shopping, but it is good to step outside and see what is going on around us. I don't go anywhere else for breakfast and usually start my day with a bacon sarnie or Full English before shopping. Yep - I go to work on my day off to eat and buy ingredients for cooking at home, but because we have developed a business that reflects our passion for quality, local food it is obvious to me to shop there.

Pippins Doughnuts

An obsession which is fortunately rationed by the fact they are only at the Friday Food Market once a week, otherwise who knows how many I would get through. Amazing handmade buns bursting with traditional and seasonal jams, curds and custards. My faves include rhubarb and custard, or maybe strawberries and cream, or gooseberry, or mixed berry, or… They always sell out and the queues are long.

She Sells Sushi

The name is self-explanatory, but you can also get lush, freshly prepared Japanese dishes including Takoyaki (dumplings with octopus topped with tonkatsu sauce, Japanese mayo, toasted smoked dried tuna flakes) and Teriyaki Beef Rib Donburi (succulent slow cooked beef shredded over Japanese short grain rice and served with black garlic oil, beni shoga, scallion and cucumber) and best of all, you can get a bento box with a combination of the above. I am both greedy and indecisive with food, so this solves all my problems.

The Rummer Hotel

A very short distance from Source and a welcome oasis after a hectic day at work. Legendary cocktails, a great craft beer list and now a micro-distillery creating craft gin and spiced rum. 

The Boardroom

I only recently popped in here. Probably because I turn left on leaving work to walk home, but decided to take a gamble on an uncharacteristic right one evening to be rewarded with an early evening drink in a historic bar with a great wine list and the best, discotastic playlist I’ve enjoyed in ages. Planning a right hand return soon.

About the author: Liz Carrad is owner/pastry chef at Source Food Hall and Café in St Nicholas Market. Co-owned with Joe Wheatcroft and Ross Wills, they have been trading local, quality produce in the heart of the Old City for eight years. Liz has been a pastry chef forever and has worked in a variety of restaurants and retail outlets in Bristol and the South West. When not at work (which is not often), she walks the Mendips with her dog, goes to the movies and drinks gin.


Source Café
Oyster Tray

Independently run and owner operated Source are situated in the heart of Bristol's Old City and serve a menu along a British theme using fresh produce from their on-site food hall.

Source Food Hall
Wild Mushrooms at Source

Independently run and owner operated, Source's Food Hall sells the best in local, free range meat, poultry and game.

St Nicholas Market
St Nicks Market Corn St

Established in 1743 St Nicholas Market is the oldest and best loved market in Bristol, famous for some of the best food in the city.