If anyone knows a thing or two about exceedingly tasty food it’s Mark Chapman - Executive Head Chef of Season + Taste the company behind Bravas, Bakers & Co, Cargo Cantina, Gambas and recently opened Masa + Mezcal. Here are his Bristol top five places to eat out:

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Faro Bakery at Tobacco factory Market

Where do I start? So many pastry offers, so many tasty loafs of bread! This is a little gem tucked in the back corner of the Tobacco Factory Market. It’s the perfect place to enjoy breakfast on a leisurely Sunday with the wife or family. They have artisan Sourdough loafs, spelt or rye loafs as specials. Stunning Canelés and great pastel de natas. The pastries are seasonal and it doesn’t mean going to France to get the best croissants!


In Australia, all sorts of amazing independent ice cream shops were popping up in the city of Sydney. Some were pushing the thermomix, kitchen aid, dry ice and liquid nitrogen, but what’s wrong with the old fashioned gelato? Swoon do it right, simple and it hits the sweet tooth at 11pm after a shift or 2pm in the heat of the day, just like they do in Italy. I’ve tried the best ‘apparently’ in Rome, Florence and Tuscany and Swoon’s pretty good.

Masa + Mezcal

I love Mezcal and I love cooking and eating anything on Masa. Tacos, beans, rice, lamb barbacoa, fresh salsa’s, guacamole, sorbets, Mexgroni, Margaritas - Masa + Mezcal ticks all the boxes. As a chef finding a place in Bristol that ticks all the boxes on the palate is hard to do. Masa + Mezcal doesn’t disappoint. It’s fun, lively, great service and great food!

Dain Korean

If you don’t even know Dain Korean on Gloucester road then you’re missing out. It’s completely forgettable from the outside, but you should really try it. I still think Bristol is missing a strong supply of Asian restaurants and definitely Korean restaurants or BBQ like we get in Australia, but Dain Korean has the flavours of Korea and I really enjoy them! Attentive service and cheap tasty food which is great for sharing!

Rolling Italy

Coffee on a Sunday to go with your Faro pastries at Tobacco Factory Sunday Market! This small independent coffee van punches out some mean coffee and quite literally, I’m there every Sunday. Super friendly, always a queue, tasty, you don’t need anything more on a Sunday.

Little Victories

Little Victories reminds me of the amazing cafes in Sydney, where I lived before coming to the UK. The coffee here is fantastic and I love grabbing a flatty here before my chef shifts. We have recently discovered this place as a really chilled placed to get a cocktail in the evening, a very calm atmosphere with candlelight. If you like whisky, coffee or beer they have you sorted too.

About the author:

Australia-born Mark moved to Bristol to be with his now-wife in 2012 and has since worked in a number of places in Bristol and Bath, including Michelin Starred hotel, The Bath Priory. Mark is a classical trained fine dining chef and has been in the industry for over 13 years. Since joining Season + Taste as Head Chef at Bravas and now Executive Chef of the company Mark is enjoying putting his fine dining experience into some more creative ventures.


Tobacco Factory Market
Outdoor Market
Tobacco Factory Market

The Tobacco Factory Sunday Market takes place every Sunday in the car park of the Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville.


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.

Masa + Mezcal
Masa + Mezcal taco

Masa + Mezcal is a lively Mexican Cantina in the heart of Stokes Croft specialising in Mexican inspired food, Mezcal, and locally produced beer.