If this is your first visit to Bristol or the UK, no doubt top of your list is trying some well-known dishes like fish and chips, afternoon tea or a good old fashioned roast dinner.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to find traditional British dishes in Bristol, and it’s up to you whether you put vinegar on your chips, or put jam or cream on your scone first!

Feast on Fish and Chips at The Cottage 

It doesn’t come much better than sitting in a cosy pub with a local ale and a plate of tasty cod and chips. The bonus here at The Cottage that you can do all that with a harbour view. Take a seat and watch the ferries, windsurfers and paddleboarders go by, while sampling some locally-made beers by Butcombe Brewery with your food.

You can also find good fish and chips (including gluten free options) at Catch 22 on Park Street and Salt & Malt, which has two branches – one in Wapping Wharf, and the other next to the picturesque Chew Valley Lake – well worth the short drive from Bristol.

The Cottage Inn fish and chips
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Take your pick from pies at Pieminister

One of Bristol’s most-loved local businesses, you’ll find branches of Pieminister across the city, including in St Nicholas Market, Stokes Croft and Broad Quay in the centre. Choose from a selection of award-winning local pies, including the Moo & Blue (steak and stilton), Heidi (goats cheese and sweet potato), or Kevin – their very popular vegan pie. 

Pieminister Bristol
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Start your day with a Full English breakfast at Source 

An English Fry Up is known for being one of the sturdiest morning meals there is; eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, and don’t forget the baked beans! You’ll find a Full English at most cafes in the city, but we rate the one at Source as one of the best, made with the highest quality ingredients. Plus, the café is situated next to their food hall, so you can do some shopping afterwards.

Source Bristol breakfast
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Taste the best local steak at The Ox

There's no better way to try British beef than in a beautifully-cooked steak, and you won't find better than at award-winning steak restaurant The Ox in the city centre. Arrive for dinner before 7pm to take advantage of their early bird offer (£15 for a 6oz rump steak, chips, sauce and a small glass of wine) or go all out and experience one of the finest dining experiences Bristol has to offer.

The Cowshed in Clifton is also worth a visit for excellent steak at a restaurant which prides itself on sourcing responsibly.

The Ox Bristol
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Fill up on bangers + mash at The Clifton Sausage

One of the most comforting dishes we can think of, sausages, mashed potato and gravy is a British classic, and nowhere in Bristol does it as well as The Clifton Sausage. Choose from a range of sausages, including vegetarian and vegan options, all served with mashed potato or champ (mashed potato with spring onions).

Clifton Sausage
Image - The Clifton Sausage

Tuck into a delicious roast dinner at 1766 Bar + Kitchen

No Sunday is complete without a delicious Sunday roast, and you won’t find any shortage of them in Bristol, but among our favourites is the one from 1766 Bar & Kitchen, which is made from top quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Choose from their selection of three meats to have with a range of vegetables, or they also have a vegan option every week. 

1766 bar and kitchen roast dinner
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Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Castle

Bite-sized sandwiches, beautiful cakes and scones piled high with jam and cream – afternoon tea has to be one of the most enjoyable British food traditions there is! Go for the ultimate in luxury at Thornbury Castle just outside Bristol, or in the opulent surrounds of The Ivy Clifton Brasserie. Alternatively, you can try a more modern twist at Heartfelt Vintage in Clifton.

Thornbury Castle afternoon tea
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Sample the best of British seafood at Fishers 

Whether you want to try the best fresh lobster from Cornwall or salmon from Scotland, the seafood from across the British Isles is available at Fishers in Clifton. The menu changes every month according to the seasons, but the Hot Shellfish Platter for two to share is a menu staple, and a great introduction to the fabulous variety on offer.

Fishers seafood platter
Image - Fishers Bristol

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