Katie Darling from Bristol Open Doors gives her pick of favourite foodie haunts open this weekend as part of Bristol Open Doors festival (14-16 Sept). So while you’re busy exploring the city’s 100 best buildings, make sure to pop into one of these eateries:

Katie Darling - Visit Bristol Food Friay

Image - Katie Darling

The Pickle Café at Underfall Yard

After some engineering explorations, the Pickle is the place to pop into and grab a fresh hearty lunch to sustain your urban wanderings. Take a sandwich out front to eat while admiring Bristol’s colourful houses and watching the activity both beside and on the Floating Harbour.

1766 Bar & Kitchen at Bristol Old Vic

I’m eagerly awaiting the opening of Bristol Old Vic’s 1766 new restaurant offering (24 September). Poetically named after the year the theatre was first built, the kitchen sits in the newly-refurbed atrium on King Street and boasts a menu inspired by its theatrical surroundings.

Eatchu at St Nicholas Market

Talk about tucked away! I treat myself to the yummy handmade gyoza dumplings from Eatchu at St Nicks Market. You’ll not find it in the usual thoroughfare, but tucked around the corner by Trail Finders – the Buta is the best.

The Canteen at Hamilton House

After your Stokes Croft roamings, grab a bite from the Canteen and enjoy the great artworks and music around you as you do. It’s also a great restaurant that provides for a range of foodies, from vegetarians to vegans,000 to those who desire gluten-free.

Café Create at Create Centre

While at Bristol’s environment centre, take the opportunity to try out Café Create. Designed for the environmental businesses that work there and encompassing all things Bristol, the café is committed to the sustainability agenda and uses local produce.

St Werburghs City Farm Café

Walk through the allotments after visiting The Courtyard for homegrown, healthy bites. St Werburghs City Farm always have things bubbling away readying for another fresh feast.

Society Café

The proxy meeting room for the festival team, right next door to the Architecture Centre, is the super Society Café. The make delicious sandwiches, packed full of tasty treats. My favourite is the avocado, grated carrot, pumpkin seed bap – but get there before 1.30pm as they sell out fast.

About the author

Katie Darling is Programme Manager at The Architecture Centre, and at the helm of this year’s Bristol Open Doors. A lover of all things bricks and mortar, Katie has spent the last 10 years celebrating architecture and design in cities and how good design can make for great spaces to live, work and play.

Bristol Open Doors runs from 14 – 16 September. For more information,see their website bristolopendoors.org.uk


Bristol Open Doors
Participatory Event
Bristol Doors Open Days

All Saints Church

Bristol Open Doors is a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city's hidden treasures.

Underfall Yard
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Underfall Yard

Underfall Yard – the heart of Bristol’s harbour since 1809 and the machines that powered a port.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

St Nicholas Market
St Nicholas Market Farmers and Food Market Bristol

This vibrant and buzzing market place can be found in the heart of the old city, which is full of fantastic examples of Georgian Architecture and is only a short walk from all of the hotels in central Bristol.

The Canteen
The Canteen

Nestled in the belly of Hamilton House in the thriving mix of Stokes Croft, Canteen brings you good things like affordable home-cooked food, free live music every night, space for local art and a place to meet, plot and play.