Unsurprisingly for the founder of food-filled Valley Fest, who also runs an organic beef farm and butchery business, Luke Hasell is a mega foodie. Find out where in Bristol he loves to eat this Food Friday.

Festival organiser Luke Hasell at Valley Fest

Image credit: Valley Fest 

Woky Ko

New, compact and the menu is smashing it! I love the different styles of cooking and tastes with each and every dish. It's well worth stopping in if you're down at Wapping Wharf.  

Paco Tapas

Paco Tapas is another one of my favourites. They have absolutely mastered the combination of casual and fine dining, getting the atmosphere and menu right to a tee. Hats off to the boys. 


You can tell I am spoilt for choice where I work and that I spend too much time at Cargo. I can’t resist popping into Gambas, sister restaurant to Bravas, for a quick dish...or maybe five. The fried aubergine with molasses is one you have to try - simple and fresh, it reminds me of sitting in the sun in Spain. 

Pony & Trap

This pub is my top one, for sure. It’s my local, which means I am far too used to exceptional food! No matter whether you are after a quick meal or want to stay all night eating and drinking, you can do it here. The Pony team have put the food scene into the Valley and I’m so proud to have them support us at our yearly festival. 

Ring O Bells

Another local boozer for me and one I love for its amazing feel and great beer garden. The food is excellent too and what’s better is we supply all the meat from the farm.  


Although I have a hand in the next two, there was no way I could leave them out! Root needs no explanation – they do the best food in Bristol, simple as that. Rob Howell and his team are producing food with exceptional tastes and without a doubt the best doughnut in Bristol, featuring their incredible carrot puree jam.

Yurt Lush

A quirky and relaxing place to get the best Sunday lunch in Bristol. Head chef Oscar Davies and his team are doing a great job at putting it on the Bristol food scene map. Their small plates menu is amazing too.  

About the author

Luke is the founder of Valley Fest - the best tasting music festival in the South West, taking place from the 2 - 4 August 2019. Much of the drive to run the festival is the charity fundraising opportunity that it presents. Luke sadly lost his parents suddenly and so the festival raises money for cancer charities as it's a cause close to his heart.

He runs an organic beef farm, as well as butchery business The Story and Meatbox at Cargo, Wapping Wharf. Luke co-founded The Community Farm and set up two restaurants, Root and Yurt Lush. He was a finalist in the BBC Food and Farming Awards for Outstanding Farmer of the Year in 2014.

Read next: Valley Fest 2018 review - organic festival-ing in the magical Mendips 


Valley Fest
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Valley Fest 2019

A magical family-friendly festival celebrating, music, organic food and farming, in a stunning location overlooking Chew Valley lake.

Woky Ko: CARGO
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Woky Ko's original award winning Asian restaurant at Wapping Wharf. Woky Ko: CARGO serves Asian street food for lunch & dinner (plus takeaway) featuring Bao, Xiao sharing plates, noodle and rice dishes.

Paco Tapas
Paco Tapas

With jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over the wood fire and sherry straight from the barrel let them transport you to Andalusia.


Gambas is the sister restaurant to Bristol institution Bravas. Their menu is made up of signature dishes that they have enjoyed on our trips to Spain.