This week's #FoodFriday comes from Adam Brooks, Marketing Trustee of fully accessible watersports centre and charity All-Aboard Watersports. Here he shares his favourite places to dine out in Bristol.

Food Friday: Adam Brooks from All-Aboard Watersports

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Bambalan

Run by the team behind Hyde & Co and many other Bristol institutions, the cavernous Bambalan ticks a lot of boxes - a great roof terrace for sunny afternoons, plenty of space for big parties, comfy booths, ping pong tables and delicious yet somehow healthy(ish) kebabs for £6.50 during weekday lunchtimes. But the big reason to recommend Bambalan is that it's fully accessible and open to everybody - something that's important to us, as a fully-accessible, open-to-all watersports centre.

The Canteen

A well-established highlight of any Bristol night out, The Canteen has a great range of drinks, many of them local, and a delicious menu so popular (and affordable) it often runs out well before their live music kicks in at 9pm nightly. An institution, and deservedly so.

Eat-A-Pitta

You're never very far from an Eat-A-Pitta in central Bristol, but for the fullest, crunchiest, tangiest salads, I recommend the St Nick's branch, where you'll not only pick up a mammoth falafel salad for a fiver, but you may also have it handed to you by Michael, the most upbeat person you're ever likely to buy lunch from. By the way, the correct order is 'Give me everything minus cucumber, with mild chilli and yoghurt tahini', but they'll make it however you like it.

The Cottage Inn

Recommended for its location as well as its food - not only does The Cottage boast an admirable pub menu with a focus on seafood, it has gorgeous views across the water for locals and tourists alike. It also happens to be the next-door neighbour to our All-Aboard watersports centre, so the perfect place to grab a bite and a drink after one of our kayaking, canoeing or sailing classes (or to watch people zipping by on pilot gig boats, ferries, paddleboards and everything in between).

Jamaica Street Stores

Treat yourself to some incredible small dishes and top-notch people watching from the giant windows of this relative newcomer. The fried chicken is vying with Small Bar for Bristol's best (more of that later) and the drinks are as punchy as the kimchi. 

Small Bar

Arguably Bristol’s best craft beer bar, Small Bar's not afraid to make bold choices, whether it's offering flavours like Banoffee Pie Ale, capping their legendary new year parties so there's no deep bar queues, or taking the plunge and going card-only. They're also currently the home to a Korean chicken rice bowl that's a restorative cure after a long session on the water (or a session of a very different kind on their beer).

About the author:

Adam is the Marketing Trustee of fully accessible watersports centre and charity All-Aboard Watersports, who offer hundreds of sessions, classes and courses including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding, boat-building and more in Bristol's historic dockside to people of all ages and abilities. You can find the full range of All Aboard's bookable water activities at https://www.allaboardwatersports.co.uk/courses/

He is also Head of Communications at Ents24, co-founder of alternative club night Last Resort, and of the iTunes #1 podcast Monkey Tennis. 

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