Bristol is renowned for its rows of brightly coloured houses and reputation for fun, creativity and self-expression. Local architecture and design practice, Stride Treglown have teamed up with local photographer Jess Siggers on an initiative which aims to see the city celebrated as the most colourful in the UK. For this week's Food Friday, architect Jacqui Pollard from Stride Treglown gives us her top places to eat and drink in the city.


Image - Colours of Hotwells, credit Dave Page


You’re lucky to get a seat here at the weekend, but if you manage to squeeze into one of the smaller shipping container units at Cargo 1 down in Wapping Wharf, then I’d recommend you tuck into to 1, 2 or a few more of their great Bao.  My absolute favourite has to be their Korean Fried Chicken, Kimchi and Gochujang which makes a great lunchtime snack along with an Asian beer.  MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen has certainly made a success of this little eaterie and I’m excited to hear he’s opening another larger restaurant on The Triangle.

The Gallimaufry, Gloucester Road

Excelling not only as a great venue for live music and some creative murals and art displays; this place also does amazing food.  The Galli serves up a selection of tapas-style small plates including some tasty and original vegetarian & vegan options – what’s even better is that during the week they’re a steal at 3 for £15.  If you can’t make it down in the week, their Sunday roast is top notch.

The Athenian

With relatives who live in Athens I know my souvlaki!  I’m really chuffed with this new(ish) arrival to Cargo 2; their first restaurant outside of London.  Their chicken souvlaki with chips are a perfect snack if you find yourself doing the Harbourside loop.


Cotham Hill seems to be a hotspot for tapas places but my recommendation for a good independent with friendly and passionate staff is Muino.  If you’re organised you can snap up one of their offers for tapas and wine on the food app Wriggle; perfect for a mid-week catch up with friends.

The Lion, Cliftonwood

With so many burger places in Bristol I didn’t expect a pub to be a competitive offering on the burger scene, but with a long and innovative list of burgers, which all come with half pounders as standard, this cosy and friendly pub really stood out.  If you want to have an eating challenge - head here! Watch out for some of Cliftonwood's prettiest multi-cloured houses on your way.


Image - Cliftonwood's colourful houses, Paul Box

About the authorJacqui is an Architect at Stride Treglown and also co-chair of the Forum for Tomorrow, a networking group for younger construction professionals in and around Bristol.  When Jacqui isn’t busy designing buildings, she is often found exploring the many new additions to the Bristol food scene as well as rummaging for a bargain vintage buy.