May in Bristol is foodie month, with all sorts of gastronomy-themed events on the calendar and a ton of new eateries opening for spring.

If West Country fodder is calling you, and you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Bristol area, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect combination of delicious food, fine wines and a comfy bed. Check out the list below for AA rosette award-winning restaurants in hotels around the city.

*Don’t forget to check restaurant bookings when you book your room to avoid disappointment.

Backwell House – AA 2 Rosette winner

If it’s fabulous rooms, beautiful countryside and gorgeous food and drink you’re after, might we suggest the dreamy 9-bedroomed, Georgian country house hotel, Backwell House. Elegant décor blends up-cycled furniture with vintage treasures creating a striking interior, while outside rolling hills, woodland and an ornamental walled garden offer invigorating walks and rambles. Cocktails are killer, produce is organic and often homegrown (they even have their own bees and chickens) and there’s plenty of little luxuries (think hot tub, massages and cinema room) to indulge lucky guests.

Backwell House

Image - Backwell House

Hotel du Vin & Bistro - AA 2 Rosette winner

Located in the historic Old City, close to theatres, shopping and attractions, Hotel du Vin has been a real crowd pleaser since opening in 1999.  Based in a former sugar house, it has 40 quirky rooms and suites, all named after a different wine house.  Enjoy a meal in the candlelit bistro, book the private dining room for a special occasion or linger over their incredible Sunday Brunch. You might just need to stay Sunday night as well, either to extend the weekend or start the week in style.

hotel du vin

Image - Hotel du Vin Bristol

Berwick Lodge - AA 2 Rosette Winner

Set in beautiful grounds just outside the city, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of countryside at this sophisticated house.  With just 9 rooms, Berwick Lodge is not designed to cater for big groups but it is superbly indulgent with big beds and impressive bathrooms.  The restaurant, Hattusa, is a stunning backdrop for their à la carte, brasserie, 8-course tasting menus (with optional wine flight) and deliciously naughty afternoon tea.

Berwick lodge dining

Image - dining room at Berwick Lodge

Thornbury Castle - AA 2 Rosette Winner

Yes, that’s right, Castle.  And not just any castle, a striking 16th century pile fit for royalty - Henry VIII chose to stay here on his honeymoon with Anne Boleyn. To add to its impressive food legacy, in the ‘70s, Thornbury Castle became the place for stars like Sophia Loren and Laurence Olivier to feast. Inside, the exquisite décor, four-poster beds and lavish bedchambers transport you back in time. There are four dining rooms including a Tudor Hall and it’s even possible to dine in the dungeons from May-September. With its own vineyard and kitchen garden, expert sommeliers, afternoon tea and culinary events throughout the year, it’s a unique foodie treat.

Thornbury Castle

Image - Thornbury Castle

Alveston House Hotel - AA Rosette Winner

Alveston House Hotel is located about twenty minutes out of central Bristol, close to the charming market town of Thornbury. The hotel was once the home of famous aeroplane designer, Captain Frank Barnwell, who built and flew the first aircraft in Scotland in 1910, before becoming chief engineer at British Aerospace. Its award-winning Carriages Restaurant offers fabulous Sunday lunches as well as afternoon tea which can be munched on the lawns in summer. Choose from a full à la carte menu or dine in their conservatory overlooking the handsome gardens.

Alveston House Hotel

Image - gardens at Alveston House Hotel

Mercure Bristol North The Grange, The Brasserie - AA Rosette Winner

This small country house hotel is surrounded by 18-acres of landscaped gardens, making it feel like you’re in deep South Gloucestershire countryside but with excellent road and rail links.  Or if you feel like arriving by helicopter, that’s ok too.  The Acorn restaurant specialises in Great British favourite using locally-sourced ingredients and guests can dine overlooking the lovely grounds.

Mercure Grange Hotel

Image - Mercure Grange Hotel

Discover more restaurants at


Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro

Critically-acclaimed bistro restaurant, serving fine European cuisine

Old City
St Nick's Market

Shopping in Bristol Old City is centred around St Nicholas Market and the beautiful Glass Arcade based in The Exchange, a Grade I listed building.

Hattusa at Berwick Lodge
Hattusa at Berwick Lodge

Led by head chef Istvan Ulman, the kitchen serves a range of delicious dishes inspired by modern British cuisine with an occasional Asian twist.

Thornbury Castle
Exterior shot of Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle is a beautiful 16th century building, which was once owned by Henry VIII and stands in 15 acres of regal splendour, surrounded by Tudor Walled Gardens.