This week's #FoodFriday comes from award-winning travel blogger Heather Cowper, who runs the blog Heather on her Travels. Here she shares her favourite places to eat out in her hometown, Bristol.

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Image - Heather Cowper, Clifton Suspension Bridge

Swoon 

31a College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TB 

Since it opened Swoon has been my go-to for a sweet treat if I'm passing by College Green. I'll pop in on my way home and pick up their smallest tub of whatever is the seasonal gelato, whether it's mulled wine flavour in December or one of their Vegan gelatos to start the New Year such as the luscious caramel peanut and chocolate gelato made with almond milk. The gelatos are made freshly on the premises and only use the fresh fruits, nuts and flavours you'd hope for . Strawberry gelato here actually tastes of strawberries. No wonder the queues stretch out the door on a sunny day. Go for: The seasonal gelato flavours 

Swoon gelato

Image - Swoon gelato, credit Heather Cowper

Bakers & Co 

193 Gloucester road, Bristol, BS7 8BG 

The best brunch spot on the Gloucester Road in my opinion, we often head there on a Saturday morning. It's always busy, so you may have to wait a while for a table at the weekend, with locals and families packed in. As the name suggests, their delicious sourdough bread is baked on site with some tempting cakes on the counter. I normally order one of their fresh juices (beetroot, apple, ginger) with an excellent coffee and perhaps Huevos Rancheros. Or make my own selection of avocado, sourdough, poached eggs and halloumi from the Add ons menu that allows for countless variations on the perfect brunch. I'm amazed that the chefs juggling in the tiny kitchen area come up with food that's consistently so good, and the service is always efficient and friendly. Go for: Saturday brunch 

Chums 

25 Chandos Rd, Redland, BS6 6PF 

I'm not a big beer drinker but my husband is, so this is for him! Chums is a no-frills micro-pub, the decor just one step up from the corner shop it used to be, although landlord Mark showcases local artists on his walls. It's named after the group of friends that Mark goes walking with and is a friendly, convivial place that serves the community, a place to chat, play a board game or join the weekly quiz night. There's no piped music but the live bands that cram into the corner on a Saturday night are always fun. Above all, go for the beer. Mark keeps a good cellar with a fantastic selection of local and regional ales, regular guest beers and ciders, local gins and wine. Chums was Camra Bristol and District Pub of the Year 2018  Go for: The beer 

Prego 

7 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7PT 

There are times when you want to walk to a great neighbourhood restaurant and Prego in Westbury Park is the one we keep returning to. It's essentially Italian but has a cosmopolitan bistro feel and is always busy with locals, although worth travelling for in my opinion. The menu is based around pizza and pasta and I normally order one of the pasta dishes, which are delicious and generous on the sauces. Try the slow-cooked ox cheek ragu or the monkfish and tiger prawn linguine. On weekdays they have good value set menu options and Monday night pizza offers. Overall it's our favourite neighbourhood restaurant with consistently excellent food in North Bristol. Go for: The pasta dishes https://www.pregobar.co.uk/ 

The Railway Inn 

The Railway Inn, Sandford, Somerset, BS25 5RA 

The Railway Inn at Sandford just outside Bristol is my idea of a perfect place for lunch at the weekend, if you are heading into Somerset for a brisk walk on the Mendips or nearby Cheddar Gorge. From the road you only see the unassuming original pub, which is now a cosy room with leather armchairs, but it opens out to a lofty space with oak beams and a glass barn of a restaurant behind. I love the carved oak bar that tells the story of Thatcher's Cider who own the pub and have their cider mill just behind. The food is excellent, offering pub grub that's a cut above and incorporates cider at every opportunity. Think fish and chips with a cider batter or a Somerset charcuterie board with cider chutney. Oh, and the Haze sorbet is divine! Of course you can enjoy the full range of Thatchers cider here and pop down the road to the shop where you can buy some to take home. Go for: lunch at the weekend 

About the author:

Heather Cowper is an award-winning travel blogger living in Bristol and the founder of Bristol Bloggers and Influencers, a community of 300+ local bloggers and influencers. When not travelling the world, Heather is to be found in the cafes of Bristol, enjoying a coffee and trying to resist the cakes. Heather is a regular speaker about blogging and through her marketing business organises blogger events for local businesses, as well as training in blogging and social media. She is co-founder of Bristol Travel Massive, a networking event for anyone working in travel. 

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Swoon

Authentic artisan gelato bar with a dash of Italian swagger and style. Handmade treats including sorbetti, gelato sticks and individual gelato monoporzioni. Providing locally roasted coffee and baked pastries, hot and cold drinks.