British documentary photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr set up The Martin Parr Foundation, in an architect-designed space in the Paintworks complex, Bristol, in October 2017. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles through an exciting programme of exhibitions and events, preserving the archive and legacy of Martin Parr.

For this week’s #FoodFriday, Martin struggled to pick his favourite places to eat out in Bristol, saying “we all know the food scene now in Bristol is a very high standard, so it's tricky just to select four venues’. But select he did, and here they are…

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This charming bistro, just by the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a real gem. They cook fish perfectly as it is so easy to get this wrong. It's very informal and it is more like going to someone's living room than going out to a fancy restaurant.

Chai Shai

Another great, 'more like a living room' is this curry house at the bottom of Jacobs Well road. With a very short menu, I think I have tried every dish and it really is home cooking, but served to the public. 


This is one of the stars of the new food scene in Bristol, a very neat short menu, very seasonal too and always with exciting combinations, that would elude you at home. The chef will usually floats out at the end of the meal to say hello.


I know of two of these breakfast/lunch cafés, for all I know there may now be more (there are three – Gloucester Road, Queen Square and Clifton Village). Everything is freshly baked and they have a delicious range of cakes. The quiche with salads is my go to lunch time choice.

About the author:

Martin Parr, one of the most significant documentary photographers of post-war Britain, is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective. Over the past 40 years, Parr’s dedication to discovering and promoting the overlooked, and his support of both photographers and photography, has contributed to the way the history of the medium is understood and defined.


Martin Parr Foundation
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The Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation supports and promotes photography from the British Isles through a regular programme of exhibitions and events. Events include artist talks, educational workshops, book signings and seminars.