Ahh shucks! It's National Seafood Week (5-12 October) and we wanted to pay homage and celebrate all the delicious, fresh produce available in the city. 

Therefore, it seemed the perfect time to ask Joe Wheatcroft, top fishmonger and co-owner of Source, for his favourite places to eat fish and seafood in and around Bristol for this week’s Food Friday…

Joe Source

Image - Joe Wheatcroft


I buy 90% of my food here and all of my seafood. I have been a fishmonger for 15 years, I love what I do and I love selling the best seafood to people who really care about the food they eat. Our fish comes in Tuesday - Saturday from the south coast and is really fresh. We have a great range of seafood and a lot of it appears on the daily menu in the café. Where else can you get fresh fish from the counter prepared, cooked and served for lunch in Bristol?

We also have our tenth annual Oyster Festival happening from the 10th to the 13th October so be sure to come in and try all 12 types from over the UK.

Oyster Tray - Source Oyster festival 2018


Seafood tapas done well is a great thing and these guys have it nailed. Fresh with tons of taste in each dish and perfectly paired with a good sherry. A group of their staff came to us for an in-depth training session a while ago which shows a great dedication to the understanding of seafood.

Salt and Malt - Chew Valley Lake 

Great fish and chips is actually hard to find now in Bristol so to find this classic British dish in such a great setting is a real treat. Even better on a crisp, Autumn day now the weather has changed.

Editors note: You can also grab some tasty Salt & Malt fish and chips from their Wapping Wharf branch in the city centre too.

Bar Buvette

Proper dishes with loads of flavour paired with great wines in a superb atmosphere, a great after work destination.

About the author:

Joe has always loved growing, cooking and eating good food. He believes it is essential to a good life and is at the heart of what we they do at Source. He started off as a shop assistant then worked on farms in England, Scotland and Denmark rearing pigs, sheep and cows. He then travelled solo, overland to Indonesia from Bristol experiencing all the different food along the way. He came back to Bristol and trained to be a fishmonger at Fishworks, then Taste while managing two different food shops and then, when the opportunity arose he became co-owner of Source and has really enjoyed learning about the business side of the food world over the past ten years.

Find out more about Bristol's seafood restaurants in our guide here.


Source Café
Oyster Tray

Independently run and owner operated Source are situated in the heart of Bristol's Old City and serve a menu along a British theme using fresh produce from their on-site food hall.

Source Oyster Festival 2018
Source Oyster Festival 2018

Come along to Source to enjoy over a dozen different types of oyster from all over the UK and Ireland,