Jasper, Senior Head Chef of Harbourside pubs, The Ostrich and The Cottage Inn, shares his favourite places to eat out in Bristol for this week's #FoodFriday.

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Masa + Mescal

My partner and I were lucky enough to grab an unreserved seat at the bar here last Friday evening, and the experience was a real pleasure. The service was attentive, knowledgeable and efficient, and the food is super fresh, punchy, moreish and perfectly suited to the drinks on offer. The team behind Season + Taste have been on point with everything they do, and this latest venture does not disappoint! 

The Cauldron

Considering that I live on the same road as this gem of an eatery, I’m astonished that I haven’t been more frequently! This is proper cooking, by chef Henry and his team, on hot coals and log fires. The menu here always reads so well, with comforting dishes alongside more adventurous flavours, and the Sunday roast is a serious contender!


Definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in Bristol was eaten here a while back. These guys well and truly deserve the Michelin star received late last year. This restaurant offers outstanding value for money, considering the level of cookery and service provided.

The Ostrich

Situated perfectly on the historic Bristol harbourside, The Ostrich sits proud with its mega pub garden and stunning interior to match. Enjoy traditional British pub classics from its dining menu, or Americana style street food from the iconic airstream parked out front. Butcombe Brewery provide award-winning beers alongside an extensive rum menu, perfectly paired with a few small plates from an enticing selection. The Butcombe beer braised ox cheek nuggets, deserve a special mention!

North Street Standard

This is the place to be, south of the city, if you’re in need of any of the following: banging brunch, affordable cocktails, mac ‘n’ cheese, craft beers, mega sharing boards, and a whole lot more! These guys are truly independent, and a great example of the Bristol food and drink scene.

The Cottage Inn

This Butcombe pub has everything you want when craving for a quintessential harbourside experience. Fish and chips, real beer & dockside views. All accompanied by the sounds and sights of rowers, dog walkers, sailors, cyclists, and ferries carrying locals and tourists alike. This spot is hard to beat on a sunny day in Bristol.

Mokoko Coffee

Coffee and cake. Need I say more? Well ok, it’s very good coffee and excellent cake, in a bright open setting, situated in the bustling Wapping Wharf development. I’ve spent many hours here with just my laptop for company, sipping strong coffee and indulging in baked goods. They do great value lunches too, with hearty salads, proper tarts and lush sandwiches.

About the author:

Jasper has been a chef since moving to Bristol in 2004, having previously spent 10 years living in Australia. He has worked in an array of kitchens, from big hotels to small cafes, gastro pubs and independent restaurants. Prior to joining Butcombe earlier this year, Jasper was the executive chef of the Anything But Standard group, overseeing four sites across Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Now, he is thrilled to be rooted here in Bristol, as the senior head chef of both The Ostrich and The Cottage Inn, helping to further improve the food offering at these great waterside pubs.


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.

The Ostrich
The Ostrich

Perched on the edge of the historic Bristol Harbourside, The Ostrich sits proud with its large pub garden and stunning interior to match.