The Milk Thistle is widely regarded as one of Bristol’s best secret cocktail bars, and Michael Presley-Sharpe and Isaac Windsor are two of the creative geniuses behind arguably some of the best drinks in the city! Here they tell us about their Bristol food and drink favourites… #FoodFriday 

Image - The Milk Thistle team (from left: Josh Windsor, Oliver Hiller, Michael Presley-Sharpe, Sarah Offa-Jones, Isaac Windsor)


Pata Negra - Great tapas bar with a relaxed service and some of the best Spanish food in the south west. Not to mention all the delicious sherry and wine. The lunch deal is a steal at £10 for three dishes. More than enough to fill you up.

Cafe Kino - Delicious vegan food in the heart of Stokes Croft. The spicy Kino burger and fries for under £10 is a bargain and delicious to boot. Vegan or not this is a great place for a full meal or just a quick coffee. Plus they sell Club-Mate, a natural energy drink. One of the best things to come out of Germany. Right after techno music, of course.

Sticks & Broth - Ramen bar on Baldwin Street. One of my most frequented restaurants in Bristol! Especially for the £6.50 lunch deal, many choices of different ramens and rice dishes and all delicious. Bang Bang chicken is a must for meat eaters and the veggie dumplings are out of this world. Get down early though as it fills up quick in there.

Pepenero - Pizza restaurant ran out of The Beer Emporium on King Street. Some of the best pizza I've had in Bristol and the best vegan pizza I've ever had. A good range of authentic Italian dishes as well as great pizzas. Plus with it being inside The Beer Emporium there are some wonderful beers to compliment every dish on the menu. Plus if you're absolutely starving the family size pizza really hits the spot. An almost ceremonial like plinth/stand holds all glorious 20" of this behemoth of a pizza.


The Milk Thistle - Nestled deep in the beating heart of the city, the Milk Thistle stands mighty and proud, a shining beacon of cocktail excellence offering mind bendingly delicious drinks against a breathtaking backdrop of wood and leather - even if we do say so ourselves!

Her Majesty's Secret Service - The latest venture from the Cocktail Trading Company, Her Majesty's Secret Service (or HMSS) is a bar that's very aware of what it wants to be. A non pretentious atmosphere, with a visually stunning menu of drinks prepared by some of the most technically excellent bartenders I've ever known.

Source Cafe - One half of the building is dedicated to an excellent, locally sourcing butcher. The other is a cafe bar offering a great array of classic dishes, from the casual to the understated. Fresh oysters, club sandwiches, bavette steaks and the most outrageous mid afternoon Picpoul to wash it all down.

The Mother's Ruin - Worlds collide in this incredible monument to all things rock. A metal bar boasting righteous whiskey, cheap beer and bands so face meltingly brilliant you'll wish that your face hadn't melted off so you could continue to hear the brilliant bands.


The Milk Thistle
The Milk Thistle

Housed over four floors in one of the finest historic buildings in the city, The Milk Thistle incorporates a cocktail bar, lounge & private function rooms.

Pata Negra
Pata Negra

Pata Negra is a bustling, Spanish tapas & wine bar in the heart of Bristol’s Old City.

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.