Festival Producer for Encounters Short Film & Animation, Dave Taylor-Matthews reels off his favourite Bristol eateries for this week’s Food Friday.

Dave Taylor Matthews: Food Friday

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Paco Tapas

This is where we go when we want to celebrate as the food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is really nice and relaxed. Just ask for one of everything, and then get a second job to help pay it off…

Wapping Wharf

With Watershed and Arnolfini as the two main Encounters’ festival venues again this year, we’re really lucky to have Wapping Wharf just a stone’s throw across the Floating Harbour. We’re excited to be partnering with a few of the restaurants to offer discounts to our 1000 or so festival pass holders, including special offers at the likes of Tare and The Athenian during the week of the festival. I’m already looking forward to grabbing a quick souvlaki before heading over to Arnolfini on August 29 for the return of the hilariously weird Found Footage Festival.


I live in the middle of the golden triangle of great Easton cafés made up of No 12, Este and relative new kid on the block, Dela. I love all of them equally, but have picked Dela as there is plenty of space to fit pushchairs and we have our own 4-month old new kid on the block in tow when we visit. The health conscious brunch-goer can get Bristol’s best granola (rhubarb! chocolate sprinkles!) whilst they also do a mean bacon sarnie, and the coffee is tip top too.

The Lockup

Back in BS5, The Lockup is a really great family-owned restaurant on Church Road in Redfield. We often head here for one of Bristol’s very best Sunday roasts, if we can get in. The dinner options are also amazing, and the staff are all really lovely.

The Plough

Hard to know where to start with this legendary boozer – in my opinion it’s Bristol’s best pub. It’s home to the amazing Easton Cowboys & Cowgirls, and regularly hosts music nights from John Stapleton, Hot Buttered Soul, Mr Benn, and members of Feel the Real, Smith and Mighty…the list goes on.

It’s also the most community-conscious pub I’ve ever known, acting as a focal point for supporting good causes both locally and far away – the latest being a big fundraiser to help support the fantastic Easton Community Centre, featuring the great and good of Bristol’s bands and musicians.

About the author:

Dave Taylor-Matthews is Festival Producer at Encounters (25-30 Sept) – the UK’s leading short film and animation festival, and Bristol’s biggest and best international film festival. A sometime Cube Cinema volunteer and occasional producer of live comedy, you can usually find him at the cinema – his natural habitat.

Dave is also bringing the Found Footage Festival back to Arnolfini in Bristol on August 29, between their run in Edinburgh and their flight back to the US. This is a brand new show after their last trip in March 2017 which sold out at Cube Cinema twice.

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