Co-founder of Show Of Strength Theatre Company and Creative Producer Sheila Hannon, reveals her fave foodie places as another set of truths are uncovered in the company's latest production Sarah Guppy: The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth - opening next week.

Image: Kim Hicks as Sarah Guppy ©Zuleika Henry 

The Lido

A swim here with Mrs Guppy (actor Kim Hicks) is usually followed by wonderful Anchovy Toast (Lido’s own bread) and a pot of Earl Grey.  If it’s a morning swim it has to be wood roast kippers.  And now there’s more good  food at their new Thames Lido – love the squid ink rice.


Steak, chips, peppercorn sauce and hopefully a blissful sunset looking across to Redcliffe Parade.  I’ve been coming here since it opened and the food and the view are still favourites.

Al’s Tikka Grill

Al’s was the first restaurant ‘South of the River’ when Ali and Saki opened it around 1992 – I’ve been coming ever since.  Wonderful tandoori chicken and dahls to die for – sometimes with Kate McNab who plays Fanny Cradock in our dinner theatre show.

The Hen & Chicken

Show Of Strength started the theatre here in 1989 and it’s great to see it so brilliantly revamped in 2018.  The Hen makes delicious pizza and there’s time to eat before our new show opens there next Tuesday, 6 November at 8.30pm

Café Create

The café at the Create Centre in Hotwells is perfect for lunch if you’re walking round the docks or doing a spot of research in Bristol Record Office – the menu changes every day and it’s all fresh produce from local Bristol traders.  The dahls are fabulous.

George’s Restaurant

George’s has been on Bedminster’s East Street for 45 years, it’s an institution and a gem – spotlessly clean, friendly and welcoming, great value breakfasts and main meals served till 5pm.

About the author

Sheila Hannon cofounded Show Of Strength Theatre Company in 1986 and is Creative Producer.  The company created the theatre at The Tobacco Factory in 1998.  In 2017 Frankenstein in Bath – the story of how Mary Shelley wrote her novel in the city 200 years ago – won Best Live Performance at the Creative Bath Awards.

SARAH GUPPY: THE BRIDGE, THE BED, THE TRUTH is at the Hen & Chicken 6/7 November, The Create Centre 8/9 November, and Monmouth’s Savoy Theatre 10 November (matinee).


The Lido Restaurant
Clifton Lido food and pool

Critically-acclaimed restaurant overlooking The Lido in the Clifton area


Located on Bristol’s iconic harbourside, Riverstation is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner all year round.

Create Centre and Ecohome
Environmental Attraction

Centre giving visitors the opportunity to explore environmental issues and discover greener choices in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere

Sarah Guppy: The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth at Hen & Chicken
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