This week's #FoodFriday comes from Coco Barone, Head Chef at Bristol Old Vic's newest addition 1766 Bar & Kitchen.

Coco Barone

The Milk Thistle

Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 1EB

If you’re in town and looking for a great late-night cocktail, then knocking on The Milk Thistle door is definitely a good idea. I love that it’s not obvious from the street but if you know, you know. The cocktails are always brilliant and they change the menu regularly, which means it’s exciting every time you visit. There is a real buzz in the atmosphere here and as a chef, sometimes a late-night cocktail is the only kind of cocktail you can enjoy!

The Milk Thistle

Image- The Milk Thistle, Credit: The Milk Thistle


12-13 Waterloo St, Bristol BS8 4BT

This Japanese restaurant in Clifton is one of my favourites as it’s so consistently good. Whether you’re there for a quick lunch or a longer dinner with friends in the evening, it’s perfect. Plus, I love sushi so being able to pop in and just pick up lunch for myself on a day off is a treat! If you’re there in an evening, their Tempura and Teriyaki dishes are definitely worth trying.

Adelina Yard

Queen Quay, Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SL

I love Adelina Yard. If anyone visits me in Bristol and I want to impress, then I take them here. The food and the service are always excellent. The atmosphere is warm, but it is such a sophisticated and elegant restaurant. Plus, with another female chef (Olivia Barry) doing great things there, it’s important to me to support that. The more women in the professional kitchen, the better!

Bakers and Co

193 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8BG

Set on Gloucester Road, I’d go as far as to say that Bakers and Co do the tastiest breakfast in this part of town. It is definitely worth picking up a slice (or two) of their homemade cake too, as well as their home baked sourdough bread, which I often have at home. They really know how to bake and that counts for a lot. Coming to Bakers and Co is always a great start to a great day.


10 King's Rd, Bristol BS8 4AB

It’s been in Clifton for years and there’s good reason for that. It’s a lovely little cosy cocktail bar that always serves up a delicious drink. They’re the kind of cocktail bar where you can say what you like and don’t like and they’ll make the perfect drink for you. For me, it is my bar of choice if I’ve been out for dinner in Clifton and their Cosmopolitan is usually my go to cocktail.

About the author

Italian born Coco Barone has worked in restaurants across Europe, but five years ago stumbled upon Bristol and has since fallen in love with the city. After working at restaurants including Glassboat and Rosemarino, Coco is now at the helm of 1766 Bar & Kitchen. With Coco’s strongly held belief that mealtimes should be an opportunity to bring people together, to encourage conversation and to share in the experience of delicious food with those you love, it seems the perfect fit.

Coco has overseen an incredibly successful first 6 months creating new dishes to keep menus seasonal and on trend, selecting the best suppliers, managing a team of chefs and working with Front of House to ensure an impeccable dining experience.


Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

1766 Bar and Kitchen
1766 Bar and Kitchen

Modern yet classical setting, flooded with natural light, set right in the heart of Bristol. A fantastic multi-functional space, that offers locals a space their city deserves and offers visitors a destination to really pique their interests.

The Milk Thistle
The Milk Thistle Bristol interior

Housed over four floors in one of the finest historic buildings in the city, The Milk Thistle incorporates a cocktail bar, lounge & private function rooms.