Ahead of the opening of 1599 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare for the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, theatre director Ed Viney shares his best places in the city to eat and drink for this week's #FoodFriday.

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Pieminister, Stokes Croft

The original and the best (though Broad Quay and the Corn Exchange are a close second!), it’s a perfect destination for any dining occasion.  Everything they do has a little bit of Bristol flavour.

Pieminister

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A cappella, Wells Road

Simply the best pizzas.  This is a great café to hang out at during the day and in the evening the pizzas start coming! It’s a magical little place to eat. They do takeaway too.

Olive Shed

The Harbourside offers some of the most definitive views of Bristol and the Olive Shed is perfectly positioned to take advantage of them. Everything is put together beautifully and they really make the lunch/evening as if they are the ones who are there to enjoy it!

Sholay Indian Kitchen, Wapping Wharf

We went here recently with a few friends and it was perfect for food, drink and jokes (we brought our own). It’s a perfect way to spend the evening and it’s only five minutes from our pop-up theatre for the Festival, The Stackpool Playhouse, so I expect to be visiting here again rather a lot.

About the author:

Ed Viney is a theatre director and former Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He lives in Knowle and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked at the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre and is directing 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare for the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, which plays at the pop-up theatre The Stackpool Playhouse from 3-14 July.

To keep up with all the goings-on follow along on Twitter @1599Shakespeare

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