This week's #FoodFriday comes from Jade, Volunteer Coordinator at Wild Place Project - a family-friendly wildlife attaction, whose habitat-themed areas of parkland are filled with eland, wolves, cheetahs, giraffes, and as of this summer, bears!

The Stable

Great ingredients, seasonally and locally-sourced. I like this place for its rustic eating, big candles placed on long shared tables, making new friends and enjoying great pizza, pies, salads and cider. Menus are not extensive but are well-selected and put together, you can’t go wrong! You’ll find me tucking into the ‘Severn minutes in Heaven’ whilst sharing a cider tasting tray for fun. Also, Vegan brownies are a must and at Christmas there’s gluten free sticky toffee pudding! I also love coming here for our work Christmas meals as we can all sit together on those big rustic tables!

Café Matariki 

Café Matariki is on the ground floor of the old Brewhouse, right on the waterside opposite Castle Park. It’s all my favourite things together in one place - yoga, brunch & lunch combined and my calm before and after yoga. Here you'll find comforting drinks and homemade colourful fresh food with alternative options for dairy free, plus homemade gluten free. I especially like a positive power message inside the tea cup, like ‘satisfaction’ - perfect after a good yoga session! Matariki has great ethos, is environmentally mindful, with seasonal and locally-sourced organic food where possible.


My ultimate for delicious Spanish tapas. Lots of small plates, disguising how much food I’m enjoying, that’s my favourite way to eat! It’s the food, the buzz, the atmosphere, the staff, the cosy deco, the iced glasses, the Spanish wine, the sherry and the open chefs' kitchen… all of it! I lived in Spain for several years and this for me gives off the most authentic feeling and flavour. It’s like stepping into the local secret gem on a side street in Sevilla or Granada, yet this one is tucked away on Cotham Hill. My favourite tapas dishes are the braised ox cheeks with celeriac puree and the chorizo cooked in cider served with an ice cold caña. Don’t forget to share some salted chocolate truffles with a yummy tempranillo!

The Boars Head

This 16th century nugget of a pub is just 15 minutes out of Bristol, in the picturesque village of Aust, quite close to the Old Severn Bridge! It’s a lovely stop on summer bike rides to Chepstow with its lovely sunny cottage garden and great burgers. In the winter there’s a big open fireplace and plenty of tables in this ancient building, that still has many of its original features. It’s cosy and just perfect for Sunday lunch and a country walk!

About the author:

In her rewarding role as volunteer coordinator at Wild Place Project, Jade works with a strong community of people who want to dedicate their free time and support to sharing their skills and learning new ones at the conservation park. When she's not working, she teaches and practices yoga and loves travelling and hiking to find lesser-known natural wonders.



Phone: 0117 428 5605


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