It’s British Pie Week*! So who better to round off a pie-tastic week for our #FoodFriday than Bristol’s very own Pieminister! Co-founder and Managing Director Jon Simon lets us in on his favourite places to eat and drink in the city…

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The Canteen

When we opened on Stokes Croft in 2003, it wasn’t easy to find somewhere close by for a drink after work.  We’re spoilt for choice now, but we still always seem to gravitate to the Canteen.  It’s busy, noisy, messy, friendly….pure Stokes Croft.  And it’s not bad for lunch either - lots of locally-sourced ingredients and you sometimes get a bit of bonus bread and soup for starters!

Jamaica Street Stores

I’ve always admired this building from the outside and I think the people behind this place have done an amazing job on the interior. Since it opened last year I’ve been for quite a few spontaneous work lunches. The sun streams in, the food’s incredible and it's really good value too.

The Kensington Arms

This is a pub for all seasons.  A really good spot for a pint in the sunshine then warm and welcoming in the winter.  They do a great Sunday roast and it’s great for dinner in the evening too.

The Draper’s Arms

Pints of real ale for £3.50, complimentary nibbles on a Sunday and only 5 minutes’ walk from home. Perfect.

Pieminister Stokes Croft

This is where it all began for us. It’s changed from a very basic little pie shop into a proper restaurant with a bar (and useful things like customer loos!). You can still enjoy the same pies that we baked and sold there 14 years ago, but washed down with a pint of beer - now there’s progress.  I'm probably a bit biased but every time I go downstairs for a pie I think,' we do make really good pies'.

*Pieminister are running a week long pie party (until 11 March) with pie-popping special offers in their restaurants and cafés. Run for the pies!

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About the author: Jon Simon set up Pieminister on Stokes Croft with his friend (and now brother-in-law) Tristan back in 2003.  The team is still based in the original premises on Stokes Croft above the restaurant and the pies (all multi-award winners) are all made in Bristol, in larger pie kitchens up the road. Jon lives in Bishopston (conveniently located between the kitchens and the restaurants!) with his wife who handles the PR side of things for Pieminister and their two kids (who love pies).

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