Marti Burgess, Head of Corporate SME, Associate Director, Gregg Latchams and chair of St Pauls Carnival CIC shares her favourite places to eat and drink in the city ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration of St Pauls Carnival in Bristol on 7 July 2018. #FoodFriday

Marti Burgess

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Paco Tapas/Casamia

I love what the Sanchez family have done here and would eat at any of these restaurants every week if I could afford it. I love the way the chefs at Casamia bring your food out and come and describe it to you and show such enthusiasm for what they are doing. Paco is a fantastic host and Peter is definitely, without a shadow of doubt, one of the best chefs in the country. 

Bambalan

For summer cocktails and spritz. I love the terrace on a hot Friday after work when the DJs are playing, it reminds me of some of the bars in Ibiza and as you can see the waterfront in the background it has a bit of a holiday feel to it.

Bambalan

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Glens’ Kitchen in St Pauls Learning Centre

I love Glens’ as the food reminds me of the food I was brought up eating and particularly the stuff cooked by my Nan who was an excellent cook. I love going on Saturdays and getting the red pea soup or the Saturday soup with a couple of festivals. My girls love his fried chicken too and his oxtail stew is really good. His jerk chicken is also good, but not quite as good as mine which is definitely the best in Bristol!

Bell's Diner

My husband Chris Wicks cooked here for many years and we often still eat there as family. It’s completely different now from when he was the chef. It used to be fine dining in style but now it is more relaxed and has down the trendy ‘small plate’ route with mostly Mediterranean food. Also worth mentioning that it has a fantastic wine list which is compiled by our neighbour Kate Hawkings who also runs Bellita – another one of our favourites.

Mayflower

This is our ‘go-to’ family favourite, we have been going here for years and, pre-kids, we used to go late after being out elsewhere or after Chris finished work. Now we go with our girls who are both adventurous and will try some of the crazier menu options (lots of dishes contain the bits of the animals that most people refuse to eat, but actually taste quite good) and we often just see what the other tables are having and just point and say ‘can we have what they are having’ as not all the dishes are on the English menu.   

About the author:

Marti Burgess is Head of Corporate SME, Associate Director for Gregg Latchams and chair of St Pauls Carnival CIC. St Pauls Carnival returns to Bristol this weekend, Saturday, 7 July (12pm to 10pm). The event exists to celebrate the life and evolving stories of Bristol’s African Caribbean communities through the creative spirit of song, art, music and movement with a key focus on artistic, cultural and educational excellence. 2018 sees the 50th anniversary celebration of when the St Pauls Carnival started in the city in 1968. The event was started twenty years after the arrival of the first wave of people from the Caribbean on the S.S. Great Windrush.

Originally called St Pauls Festival, it was a celebration of cultural diversity that was founded by seven community activists who were part of the Bristol Bus Boycott. From its humble beginnings it has evolved to become one of Europe's premier street-based spectacles of African Caribbean culture bringing together a vibrant mix of food, music and dance.

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