Ahead of taking part in the community arts trail Art on the Hill this weekend, local artist and woodworker Jack Bruce shares his #FoodFriday picks with us.

Bristol artist and woodworker Jack Bruce

Image credit: Jack Bruce

Bar 44

I’m never convinced when someone suggests tapas; I like my food and am not great at sharing… but I was blown away at Bar 44. Serving up some of the best tapas you’ll find outside Spain, go for the varied menu mixing traditional favourites among unusual seasonal options and stay for the fantastic wine. If you don’t have the cider-poached chorizo, you’re missing out!


Tucked away just behind the bustling food haven that is St Nick’s Market is my favourite steak restaurant (beating stiff competition!). Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior – this is a real hidden gem. Inside you’ll find affordable, perfectly cooked steaks served in 1920s-themed surroundings and beautifully presented on hot stones. All of this leads to dining at Mugshot being an ‘experience’. My tip? Try the honey butter – you won’t regret it!

Honest Burgers

I’m often in the mood for a burger and thankfully, living in Bristol, I’ve never been short of options. Honest Burgers is a chain with locations in seven cities but they make an effort to have each one serve local beers and use local suppliers. The result is great tasting burgers that look absolutely incredible and don’t break the bank.

Make sure you’re hungry – the rosemary fries included with all burgers are to die for and a portion of onion rings could be seen as a meal in their own right. I’m not entirely sure what cheese curds are, but whoever thought of putting them in the signature burger should be given a medal.

Pasta Ripiena

I often see rave reviews of Pasta Loco, but I actually prefer its intimate sister restaurant Pasta Ripiena. Perfect if you are trying to impress, the team here go out of their way to make you feel like you’re the only people there. If amazing hand-stuffed pasta, a carefully selected wine list combined with excellent service and an intimate atmosphere is your thing - book now! A real treat which will leave you wondering whether you should try making your own pasta at home. You shouldn’t.

The Victoria Park

Nestled into the heart of Windmill Hill, The Vicki is everything you could want in a community pub. Its popularity with the locals is clear – and it should be! The Victoria Park boasts a wide selection of beers, a decent sized beer garden, it’s dog-friendly, family-friendly and most importantly (for this blog post anyway) it serves great food.

Rest assured the menu includes your usual pub staples but the real value in this pub is the pizza oven out the back. A great supporter of the local community, the Victoria Park will also be showcasing talented local artists during this weekend’s Art on the Hill Arts Trail – come on down to admire the art and enjoy an al fresco pizza!

About the author

Jack is a talented local woodworker, happiest when he’s in his workshop turning a chunky piece of beech into a beautiful centrepiece. Jack will be exhibiting and selling his pieces alongside 78 other artists at this year’s Windmill Hill & Victoria Park Arts Trail taking part this weekend (5/6 October).


Bar 44 Clifton
Meat at Bar 44 Clifton

Bar 44 is a bar and restaurant that is accessible to all, a family friendly place, offering the highest quality ingredients that showcase their passion for Spanish food and culture

Art on the Hill: The Windmill Hill and Victoria Park Arts Trail
Art on the Hill: The Windmill Hill and Victoria Park Arts Trail

Art on the Hill is an art trail taking place over the weekend of 5th and 6th of October in the Windmill Hill and Victoria Park area.