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

Image - Adam Brooks


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.


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

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


Bambalan Bristol brunch

The latest venture from the Hyde & Co group, Bambalan burst onto the Bristol food scene in May 2016 and has fast become a firm favourite for laid back drinking and dining ever since!

The Canteen
The Canteen

Nestled in the belly of Hamilton House in the thriving mix of Stokes Croft, Canteen brings you good things like affordable home-cooked food, free live music every night, space for local art and a place to meet, plot and play.

St Nicholas Market
St Nicholas Market Farmers and Food Market Bristol

This vibrant and buzzing market place can be found in the heart of the old city, which is full of fantastic examples of Georgian Architecture and is only a short walk from all of the hotels in central Bristol.