Visit Bristol’s Marketing Assistant and general lover of food Lacey Trotman shares her favourite places breakfast, lunch and dinner in the city for this week's #FoodFriday.

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The Bonzo Lounge

8-9 Market Walk, BS31 1FS

The Bonzo Lounge in Keynsham, gets a big thumbs up for brunch. I’m not a particularly fussy eater, but all the food I do hate happens to be in a full English: tomato, beans and mushrooms. So, I love a place that can serve tasty alternatives. Without even looking at the menu, I know I am going to order either the Lounge Poached Eggs or the Triple-Stacked Buttermilk Pancakes with Berry Compote, Banana and Greek Yoghurt.

The aesthetic of the place is right up my street. With vintage décor it’s a comfortable space as well as super Instagrammable - as are the milkshakes, which are served in old school milk bottles! For those who like a quiz, they also host a popular one on Sundays with a cash prize.   

The Cottage Inn

Baltic Wharf, BS1 6XG

For super-size, freshly made sandwiches head to The Cottage for lunch. One April afternoon I tried their Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing Sandwich and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since! Not only is the food tasty but the view is pretty hard to beat too. The multi-coloured houses of Cliftonwood and stunning view across the Harbourside provide a picturesque backdrop to your meal. The pub is also dog friendly, which gets it the final seal of approval from me. 

  • Find more dog-friendly places to eat here.

The Athenian

Cargo 2 First Floor, BS1 6WD

A must when hanging out on Wapping Wharf, the Chicken Souvlaki is a Greek delight. Oregano fries, Greek salad, tzatziki (of course) and chicken, plus halloumi (for an extra pound) all wrapped up in a handmade pitta. For those who are gluten free, it comes naked too, served in a box instead of pitta and extra salad instead of fries. There are also multiple meat-free options. 

Revolucion de Cuba

Bordeaux Quay, BS1 5EP

I first ate here around Christmas time with my mum and sister last year. Fed up, already, of the traditional turkey, we decided to spice up our night before attending the carol evening at Bristol Cathedral. Ordering a table full of tapas, we enjoyed dishes such as Roasted Chorizo, Cheeseburger Tacos and Mojito Prawns. I treated myself to one of their seasonal cocktails too, which even came with a festive chocolate coin on top – the little touches like that are what make me return to a place.

Cocktail at Revolucion de Cuba Bristol

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Ciao Bristol City Centre

10-11 Denmark Street, BS1 5DQ

Tucked away in Denmark street is Ciao, an authentic Italian restaurant. A visit here is a must before any trip to its neighbour Bristol Hippodrome. With 10% off the bill when you show theatre tickets, you’ve got more time to enjoy food before the show and at a discounted price.

My favourite is the Pizza San Leo: spinach, caramelised onions, goats’ cheese, rocket, tomato and mozzarella. That’s closely followed by the Al Pesto, for when you don’t fancy a tomato sauce base. The portions are very generous, so you’ve always got some left over for when you get home or for lunch the next day – winner!

  • Find more pre-theatre deals here.

Blue Ginger

36 Gilda Parade, BS14 9PE

My local curry house, this fine establishment is a ‘bring your own’ meaning you’re already halving the price of the bill by cutting out expensive drinks. If you’re a fan of sweet curries, you’ll be at home here. I always go for the Honey Chicken but have been known to try the Mango Murg. They currently have Mocha Chicken on the menu and once upon a time served a Chocolate Korma!

The restaurant is always busy, which provides a great atmosphere but there is a more secluded table at the back if you wanted a little more privacy for someone’s birthday. They also do takeaways – great if you fancy a cosy night in.

About the author

Lacey joined Visit Bristol in April 2018 as the Marketing Assistant. She has lived in Bristol all her life but that is still not enough time to try all the amazing restaurants in the city! For that reason, Lacey has a mile-long list of places she’d like to try next and is always open to recommendations.

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