For this week’s Food Friday we asked Anne-Louise Perez, the Gloucester Road Business Improvement District Manager, to reveal some of the delicious spots to eat, drink and rest a while on Bristol's independent and vibrant Gloucester Road and the surrounding area.

Spicer & Cole - 16 Gloucester Road

I discovered Spicer & Cole a few years back when I worked on Queen Square. So I was very excited when they opened on Gloucester Road.

They do some fantastic cakes and on a sunny day there is nothing better than sitting outside on their terrace in the sun watching the world go by with cake and a coffee.

Spicer and Cole

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Café Ronak – 169 Gloucester Road

I’m letting you into my guilty secret – this is where I love to stop for a quick lunch break and order a bowl of their homemade potatoes wedges. These are the lightest and crispiest of treats and always served by the friendliest staff I know of. 

Such a welcoming place and with a pretty courtyard garden (and a new vertical garden) it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and indulge in wedges and mayo!

The Parlour – 243 Cheltenham Road

This is where the kids like to take me when they want to pamper me….so they say. If you’re a fan of waffles, pancakes, sundaes and ice-cream this is definitely the place to come. You can’t beat a homemade warm waffle with a dusting of icing sugar.

The kids know no bounds and go for the fully loaded offering. This is heaven for little ones and is about to become grown up heaven when The Parlour opens in the evening from 24 November with a fully stocked bar and Italian menu… I can’t wait.

The Parlour

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Planet Pizza - 187 Gloucester Road

This is a firm favourite with all the family. A firm establishment on the Glozzer, we’ve been going here for years. It’s recently had a refurbishment and is looking lovely and they often have offers too – making it an affordable and relaxed place to go.

The piéce de resistance is the Babyfoot they have which entertains the kids (and the adults too). I know it’s a pizzeria (the pizza is delicious) but they happen to offer fantastic salads.

They are full of freshness and crunch and I especially love their halloumi salad – but that doesn’t mean I can resist nabbing a slice of pizza from the hub.

Planet Pizza

Image: Planet Pizza

The Flyer - 96 Gloucester Road

I know this pub is known for its encyclopaedic range of craft beers but for me there’s nothing better than a pink gin and tonic after a hard day in the office – figuratively speaking as I work from home!

This is spacious pub but maintains a warm and snug atmosphere and uses the space cleverly from more private booths to large tables, to tables for 2 in dark corners and it has a heated beer garden. It attracts everyone from couples, students, groups and families. It’s a true local in that respect.

Celebrate Christmas with us...

And this year on 2 December from 12pm - 4:30pm the district is bringing a Cosy Christmas Market outside the Xmas Tavern 102 Gloucester Road. As well as gift stalls there will be some local indie foodie favourites including Murray’s Butcher (BBQ), Joes Bakery (sourdough breads), The Parlour (waffles) and Spicer and Cole (soup). 

About the Author

Anne-Louise is the Gloucester Road Business Improvement District Manager and she looks after Bristol’s Independent District. At least twice a week she is catching up with businesses, whizzing around on her electric bike. She’s lived in the area for 16 years with her family and has seen a lot of changes but one thing that remains is her passion for Gloucester Road and its unique vibe of independent spirit. She is also a freelance writer and is a regular contributor to local magazine Bishopston Matters. In her spare time she enjoys doing upholstery, visiting the local library for some good reads and of course socialising on the Gloucester Road with friends and family.


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.

Festive Bonanza on Gloucester Road
Festive Bonanza on Gloucester Road

An all day Christmas Festive Bonanza on Cheltenham Rd, Zetland Road and Gloucester Road. Including a Cosy Christmas Market, wreath making workshop and other activities.