Lorna Knapman is a mum on a mission, a believer in the power of good things and organiser of many thought-provoking, foodie events with great atmosphere and a community spirit.  Here she shares her favourite Bristol eateries:

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The Gold Bar, Bristol Harbour Hotel

This is a gem of a bar, tucked away inside the lovely Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa. It’s a fab place to go for a drink. The interior is pretty sumptuous and it’s a real treat to enjoy a drink in there. Champagne Cocktails are a favourite of mine and the Gold Bar make a really good one. The team ended up in there after the last Night Market for a well-deserved drink. 

Caribbean Wrap, Glass Arcade, St Nick’s Market

Jenny has been trading in the Glass Arcade for the last 20 years! She serves the most amazing food and sitting in the little space to the side of the unit is one of my favourite places to eat. It’s very real and I just love it. My favourite dish from Jenny is Mackerel Rundown which she only serves on a Wednesday. I am going to regret writing this as it might sell out even faster now! 

Woky Ko at Wapping Wharf

Wokyko at Wapping Wharf serves the most delicious food in their shipping container which is a fantastic little space with a great energy and is a favourite of mine and my sons. The Duck Bao are amazing, as is the Kimchi Fried Rice and The Korean Fried Chicken. I love the place. 

Thali Café at The Bristol Vegan Market every Monday

Mondays are Meat Free for me as I look after this great little market. We have some superb plant-based street food and produce and I often enjoy a curry or Dal from Thali for my lunch. It’s delicious and nutritious, whats not to love? The Thali Café will also be taking part in The British Dal Festival by serving free dal and rice on Wednesday 13 February at our Farmers’ & Producers’ Market – Dal special. 

Pastel De Nata from Portuguese Taste – Glass Arcade, St Nick's Market

These are the very best Custard Tarts in the world! If you time it right and they are slightly warm (not too hot) when you bite into them then your life will be changed. There is no going back. THEY ARE AMAZING.

Farro Bakery at Whiteladies Road Market

The pastries from Farro are excellent and they make for a perfect breakfast whilst wandering round the market deciding what produce to buy. They make some great seasonal pastries throughout the year. Get there early! Every Saturday 8.30am-2pm.

About the author:

Lorna Knapman is currently creative developer for Bristol Food Connections, development consultant for Food at St Nick’s Market and Bristol Fruit Market, and organises Love Food Festival and the hugely popular St Nick's Night Market. Through Love Food Festival, she has curated and delivered events for a wide range of clients including The BBC, BBC Introducing, 6 Music, Bristol City Council, Camp Bestival, The National Trust and Westonbirt Arboretum. Lorna is also the festival director for the upcoming British Dal Fest! Her passion for the land, seasonality, farming and food stems from having spent much of her life in farmhouse kitchens or hedgerows, and further strengthened by having worked in numerous kitchens and run her own food businesses. 


The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel
Bristol Harbour Hotel - the jetty

The Gold Bar at the Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa will lead the way in city lux; offering a stylish new venue with a prime central location.

St Nicholas Market
St Nicks Market Corn St

Established in 1743 St Nicholas Market is the oldest and best loved market in Bristol, famous for some of the best food in the city.

Woky Ko: CARGO
Credit Paolo Ferla

Woky Ko's original award winning Asian restaurant at Wapping Wharf. Woky Ko: CARGO serves Asian street food for lunch & dinner (plus takeaway) featuring Bao, Xiao sharing plates, noodle and rice dishes.

British Dal Festival
Food and Drink
British Dal Festival

The British Dal Festival will celebrate the magic of dal and similar pulse dishes from around the world.