For the first #FoodFriday of the year, we asked Destination Bristol’s very own Head of Tourism, Kathryn Davis to reveal her favourite places to eat around the city. It’s safe to say she had a hard time narrowing it down…

Kathryn Davis

Image - Kathryn Davis at Wild Place Project

Joe’s Bakery

Most Saturdays start with a walk to Joe’s for bread and weekend treats.  There are lots of specials to look out for through the year, with special showcase weeks for different cultures, countries and seasonal specials.  This is where to get your Mother’s Day buns, Christmas bread (for the best seasonal toast), Easter biscuits and a huge selection of Sourdough.

Atomic Burger

A definite family favourite – and one which caters for Coeliac – a selection of meat, breads and toppings with super naughty sides and the best surroundings, full of cartoon memorabilia and 80s kitsch, allowing me to bore the kids with stories of Big Trak, Banana Splits, Sindy and Fraggle Rock.

Cox and Baloney Tea Rooms

This is my favourite tea shop in the whole of Bristol and a great place for a semi-civilised catch up with friends – there are cocktails as well as a mean pot of Earl Grey.  You can also buy their special blend of tea to take home.  Top tip is to go to one of the Gin and Cheese Friday evenings – what more could you want from a Friday night out?

Cox & baloney

Image - Afternoon tea @ Cox & Baloney

No.1 Harbourside

Perfect lunch or after-work spot for a good beer and great food, including loads of veggie and vegan options. Having received the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s highest rating of three stars in recognition of their sourcing policy, there’s also real feel-good factor in dining there.  They also do a mean weekend brunch.

Box E

One of my favourite places for special dinner – a tiny restaurant with a big heart and incredible food (plus really good wine list).  Can highly recommend the chef’s table for a truly special night out.

The Lido

If you had to compile a list of must eat Bristol dishes, then you’d have to include scallops from The Lido.  Not only a great, tranquil setting but gorgeous food, perfect for coffee and cake, lunch with friends or an indulgent dinner.

Lido

Image - The Lido

Swoon

Swoon is just brilliant.  If the weather’s good, grab a pot of some of the best gelato you’ll ever taste and head out to the city. If it’s a bit drab, cold or wet, hunker down inside and take time to enjoy the amazing flavours.

Water Sky Bristol

Part of the Eastgate Oriental City site in Eastville, Water Sky is a huge restaurant with unforgiving lighting but some of the best Chinese food to be found in Bristol. 

About the author: Kathryn Davis is Head of Tourism for Destination Bristol, where she focuses on the strategic development of the visitor economy in the Bristol region. Kathryn is passionate about the city’s food and drink scene and continuously lobbies to ensure Bristol is recognised as a major food destination, for dining, produce and experiences.

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