This festive season, Ewan Black will play Marley in A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic. As a graduate of the theatre’s drama school and with starring roles in productions on their stage since, he’s no stranger to Bristol.

For #FoodFriday, here are six favourite foodie places that he’s discovered over the years and will be revisiting in between A Christmas Carol rehearsals.

Ewan Black rehearsing at Bristol Old Vic

Image - Ewan Black / Bristol Old Vic

Princes Pantry 

Where better to start than breakfast. My first job at Bristol Old Vic was Sleeping Beauty directed by Sally Cookson in 2016. While on the job I was living on North Street, Southville and every day I would walk past a little blue box at the side of the road – The Princes Pantry. It became a frequent lifesaver of mine, providing fantastic quality breakfast baps with huge quantity and at an all-important low price.

These rolls aren’t for the small stomached; they will fill you up until lunch and get you through those dark winter days. I’m back living in Southville now – it’s only been three days and I’ve had two already!  

Primrose Café

Another top breakfast joint for me resides in Clifton, where I lived for three years when I was training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The Primrose Cafe was a regular hangover cure for myself and my fellow students!

They provide the best cold, freshly squeezed, orange juice in Bristol and have a vast selection of breakfasts for all your dietary requirements. From waffles and berries to beef hash to classic breakfast favourites, they do it all. And of course they have that brunch food of the moment – avocado on everything. If it’s lunch you’re looking for they also provide a fantastic lunch menu. 

The Clifton

There are hundreds of fantastic Sunday roast spots scattered across Bristol, so it's incredibly difficult (nearly impossible!) to choose a favourite. One that springs to mind though, especially around Christmas time, is The Clifton.

If you hadn’t guessed, it’s in Clifton – Clifton Village to be precise. They have a great atmosphere with board games, mulled wine, mulled cider and the unmissable roast. Dark wintery Sundays spent in this warm atmospheric pub sinking into the cosy big arm chairs by the fire is a must.

The Moorish Cafe, St Nicholas Market 

I could recommend every place in St Nicks Market, as I’ve eaten at them all multiple times. But the one that sticks out in my mind, especially during rehearsals for The Grinning Man, is the Moorish Cafe. I’ve eaten here so many times and each time it seems to get better.

I love the simple but extremely effective system of picking curried chicken, lamb or veg, then chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, olives, rice or couscous, salad and flat bread and a small bit of spicy sauce on the side. Smashing. You can take it away or eat it in on one of the little tables inside the comfy cafe. 

Brunel Raj 

On a corner in Clifton Village, this little curry house goes big on authentic Indian cuisine. I came here many times during my training days and I will definitely be going back during my time here with A Christmas Carol.

The food takes a little longer than normal to arrive but is always more than worth the wait. They take their time to make the food to the best standard and the taste is superb. I recommend the chicken bhuna. The nan breads were perfect and reasonably sized. Great place for a beer and curry night. 

The North Street Standard

Wednesday night at The North Street Standard offers 30% off their macaroni dishes, which are incredible! There are a variety of choices and they will blow your mind. I normally go for the beef brisket mac and cheese, called the Dirty Mac. A great selection of beer is on offer too and it’s in the perfect location if you want to carry the night on. 

About the author

Ewan trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was a Peter O’Toole Prize Winner 2015/16. After previous roles in The Grinning Man and Sleeping Beauty at the theatre, he’s back for this year’s run of A Christmas Carol.

You may have also seen Ewan as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (the egg, Bath Theatre Royal), Scandal in Love for Love (Bristol Old Vic) or Patrick in Treats (Tobacco Factory, Brewery), among many other stage, TV, film and radio productions. Follow him over on Twitter.  

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