Britain's annual national Beer day is 15 June, so we thought it would be rather apt if Justin Hawke, owner and head brewer at Moor Beer - a Bristol-based brewery currently celebrating its 10th anniversary – gave us his recommendations for this week's #FoodFriday. It's almost like we planned it.

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Image - Justin Hawke, owner and head brewer at Moor Beer with cans of PMA


Ceres in Stokes Croft was our family find of 2016 and instantly became our favourite place for brunch. The menu is creative yet maintains a comforting familiarity. Ingredients, preparation and presentation are top quality…the hardest part is deciding what dish to order.

Lunch or dinner

I’m a big fan of pizza. In a city boasting many fantastic pizza places, Flour & Ash stands out as being one of the best. Not only is it well-situated between Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road, Steve and his team produce delicious pizzas, each with a full -flavoured sourdough base, decadent homemade ice cream and a good selection of beers.

For me, Bertha’s in Wapping Wharf is the city’s other premier pizza place, thanks to owner Graham’s striving for the perfect pizza. He’s travelled around Italy and fortunately for us has returned to Bristol with the knowhow to make delicious food, using the best ingredients.

I also have a great appreciation for good Chinese food –Wong’s on Denmark Street is a favourite. This is Chinese food made in the traditional way without compromise; the menu has a large range of dishes - most you’ve never heard of - but all very tasty. The chilli sea bass is the stuff of legends.

Places to drink

One of the best things about Bristol is its pubs! The Barley Mow in St. Philips is one of my favourite locals. Off the beaten track, yet not too far from the city centre, it has a great selection of cask ales, keg beers, bottles and cans, all in comfortable surroundings. If you want to avoid stag dos and circuit drinkers this is a hidden gem. 

The Hare on the Hill, on Thomas Street North, is exactly what a community pub should be. It was bought by a group of enthusiastic locals, and its selection of great beers is broad enough to be interesting and small enough to turn over quickly for freshness. They put on loads of events from pub quizzes and open mic nights, to beer festivals and food pop ups. For me it serves one of Bristol’s best Sunday roasts.

The Hillgrove Porter Stores, just off Dove Street, is what I think a typical view of a traditional British pub should be. There is a large selection of hand pumps offering a wide variety of real ales, the walls are covered with pump clips, and there are cosy corners for quiet conversations.


I take visitors from all over the world to Hart's Bakery, near Temple Meads, and everyone loves the place. Laura and her team achieve the impossible - nailing both sweet and savoury treats every time. The sausage rolls, sourdough bread, toasties, croissants, pasties, Pandoro and everything else are world class. They really are the champions of bakery.


Liz and her team at Source Food Hall and Cafe somehow manage to collect the finest examples of meat, fish, veg, delicatessen and beverage essentials. They combine this with a top-quality on-site bakery and café at their St. Nicholas Market premises. The homemade pastrami, in my view, surpasses anything you’d find in New York.

About the author: Justin Hawke is owner and head brewer at Moor Beer. Celebrate their 10th anniversary with them this weekend (15-18 June) at the ‘I Want Moor Fest’, a beer, food and music festival.


Moor Beer Co
Moor Beer Co

Moor Beer Company originated in Somerset in 2007 and relocated to Bristol in 2014. The brewery is recognised as one of world’s best, setting the benchmark for several beer styles.

Barley Mow
Barley Mow

A cosy pub, great beer garden and top notch pub food, you'll wish they were at the end of your road.

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.