For this week’s Food Friday, we asked Rob Wheeler of Graft graffiti workshops to reveal his favourite – and most colourful – Bristolian dining experiences. Check out these places and devour both vibrant artwork and tasty meals at the same time.

Rob Wheeler

Image - Rob Wheeler at work, credit Niyaz Saghari

Nutmeg        

This is no ordinary curry house - Raja and his team have created the most amazing menu, taking inspiration from the 29 states of India and have just been recognised in the Michelin guide. Raja got in touch with us when he was opening just over a year ago and asked us to paint a mural full of colour  - so we combined our Arts and Crafts style with a big slice of Indian flavour, and it was great to get a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant being set up! 

Nutmeg

Image - Graft mural at Nutmeg

The Canteen       

Local to us, and one of our favourite spots for lunch, drinks and live music. It’s in a great location - Hamilton House, where we run some of our graffiti workshops, at the heart of the Stokes Croft scene. It’s a really inclusive place which supports vulnerable people in the community, and the food is delicious too!

Glen’s Café, St Pauls Learning Centre       

Even more local is Glen’s, which moved to the Learning Centre café at the start of the year. As well as fantastic Jamaican food, they do a legendary roast on Sundays and Wednesdays, with more sides than you can imagine! We like to get takeaway and eat it in the back garden by our ‘practice wall’, where we test out mural colour schemes - pretending we’ve cooked it ourselves!

Milk Teeth          

Milk Teeth also opened earlier this year, and is run by Josh, who crowdfunded the project and is a really lovely guy. They serve great coffee and amazing cakes and recently expanded into lunches and evening opening. I was really keen to paint a mural in the café based on a design by the architect EW Godwin - designer of the Carriageworks on Stokes Croft - who lived at the address in the 19th Century. So the mural is a site-specific piece in Milk Teeth colours.

Milk Teeth

Image - Graft mural at Milk Teeth

St Werburghs City Farm Café         

You can’t get more locally-sourced than the food in the Farm Café, but for me it’s the quirky ‘gnomework’ architecture that makes it special, along with its location - nestled in the valley between farm, allotments, playground and pub, it's the perfect place to take our ‘graftlets’! The Farm is another favourite workshop venue for us and I was privileged to paint a mural for their summer fair a couple of years ago, which luckily stood the test of time!

About the author

Rob is a Bristol-born graffiti artist who is lucky enough to make his living painting murals and sharing his skills with others through workshops and tours. He runs Graft along with his wife Sophie and when they’re not working or looking after little ones, they enjoy the specialities of the places their families hail from - curries from Rob’s dad’s native India and cider from Sophie’s home county of Somerset.

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