This week's #FoodFriday comes from Martin Bisp, CEO and co-founder of multi-award-winning charity Empire Fighting Chance, which helps some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people. Read on to find out his favourite places to eat out in Bristol...

Empire Fighting chance Royal visit

Image - Martin Bisp (third from left) with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their recent Bristol visit.


This is a friendly local Italian restaurant at the heart of Downend. Unhurried service with very attentive owners, it is somewhere we often go when my daughter returns from university. Even better that I can simply walk there for dinner!


A newish find in Southville that we love. The food and atmosphere are excellent, and we always have good service even when it’s packed. During a recent visit the chicken with ravioli was brilliant.

Brassiere Blanc 

Set in the iconic former Bristol Registry office at Quakers Friars this has something for everyone. This is somewhere we often come with friends and family… it’s not pretentious and we especially love the Prestige Set Menu providing great food at a good price.

Cafes on Gloucester Road

When I meet Empire Fighting Chance Ambassador Andy Brassington or fellow charity CEO Adam Tutton, we often pop in to any of the cafes along Gloucester Road for breakfast or lunch. Sometimes it ends up being both! There is a large selection to choose from, always relaxed and it’s great to watch life pass by on Gloucester Road. 

About the author

Martin Bisp is CEO and co-founder of multi-award-winning charity Empire Fighting Chance. Based in Easton, but working across Wales and the South West, they use boxing underpinned by intensive personal development to change the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people.