This #FoodFriday, Destination Bristol’s Content Assistant, Angharad Paull reveals her favourite Bristolian gastronomic goodies...

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10am A spot of brunch

With two youngsters to feed, eating out in the daytime requires space, tolerant staff and a play area is always a huge bonus. The Gloucester Old Spot on Kellaway Avenue ticks all these boxes. It's perfect for whiling away a sunny Saturday with friends in their garden whilst the kids skip in and out of the Wendy house and scrawl on the outdoor chalk board. There’s an extensive menu of locally-sourced, award-winning food with interesting children’s dishes.  I love their ‘Ratatouille Eggs’ - a delicious breakfast concoction with a Mediterranean twist.

12pm Artisan coffee & mouth-watering cakes

Caffeine is always welcome in my sleep-deprived life and Spicer & Cole never fails to serve a scrumptious cup of Joe. Counters overflow with home-made cakes, pastries, and tarts- making it impossible to resist a cheeky treat. There are 3 of these independent cafés in Bristol – Clifton Village, Gloucester Road and Queen Square, all perfectly positioned for a pick me up after a morning’s shopping or sightseeing in the city.

2pm Family-friendly dining

The Eastfield Inn has won awards for its family-friendly efforts. Inside is large and cosy and there’s toys on offer to entertain the young’uns.  When there’s no baby classes running in the skittle alley the area turns into a soft play room, so you can sip a beer whilst the kids wear themselves out. In summer, grab a bench in the huge garden - there’s a play area, bunnies and chickens to keep children interested while you catch up with friends over one of their delicious roasts.

3pm Heaven on a spoon

I was pregnant when Swoon on Park Street opened and it very quickly became my most-visited Bristol establishment. The gelato here is heavenly and they devise some whacky flavours such as ‘hot cross bun’ and ‘Jaffa cake’. Pop across the road to enjoy on pretty College Green

7pm Special night out

Nights out are rare with little’uns, so when I do go out I tend to go for restaurants that feel really special. The Ox’s steak and cocktails are exceptional or there’s the new Ivy Clifton Brasserie which serves succulent scallops and THE best Espresso Martini in the land. Both are perfect for a celebration.

9pm Going out out

I am a great lover of gin, so cocktails are always on the cards. Her Majesty’s Secret Service near Whiteladies Road concocts creative and delicious cocktail masterpieces. Speakeasy, Hyde & Co is always a winner too.

About the author: Angharad Paull writes blogs for Visit Bristol and her own family travel site, Mama Travels Earth. You’ll often find her decked out in neon at Bristol Zoo Gardens entertaining her two young daughters or sipping a large gin in the sunshine.


Clifton Village
Shopping in Clifton Village Bristol

Georgian shopping Quarter full of upmarket, independent shops which is a delight to explore.


Authentic artisan gelato bar with a dash of Italian swagger and style. Handmade treats including sorbetti, gelato sticks and individual gelato monoporzioni. Providing locally roasted coffee and baked pastries, hot and cold drinks.

The Ox Corn Street
The Ox

The Ox is a bastion of simple, top notch, British fayre. Situated in the heart of the Old City, you’ll find a menu packed with the choicest cuts of prime steak and tasty, meaty morsels.

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Set in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol, The Ivy Brasserie offers a local, friendly and neighbourly environment with accessible, all-day dining, for those living, working and shopping in the area.

Hyde & Co
Hyde & Co

This speakeasy-style bar, just by The Triangle has an eclectic, low-lit gentleman’s club vibe going on.

Gloucester Road Shopping
Gloucester Road Shopping

Gloucester Road is located in North Bristol and runs through St Andrews, Bishopston and Horfield. It has a large number of independent traders as well as household names.

Queen Square
Municipal Park
Queen Square - Copyright Destination Bristol

A magnificent Georgian park area in the heart of Bristol, surrounded by trees and cobbled streets.