Phoebe Ruxton tackles food waste and fights hunger in her job at FareShare South West and loves to eat and drink her way around Bristol in her spare time. Here are some of her favourite restaurants and cafes for #FoodFriday.  

Phoebe Ruxton, Communications and Fundraising Manager at FareShare South West

Image credit: FareShare South West

BOX-E

BOX-E is an incredible place! A bit like us lot at FareShare South West, they operate a tight ship in a tiny space, and they get out incredible food to the people of Bristol and beyond. I love this gem of a restaurant for many reasons. Elliot and Tess together create beautiful, delicious dishes and a warm atmosphere, all from their cargo container at Wapping Wharf.

Not only that, but they are a tiny company that chooses to be generous in their community – they have been hugely supportive of our charity over the past year in every possible way. Also, the Panacotta. YUM!

Root

What’s really special about this restaurant, which is also based in Wapping Wharf, is that it puts vegetables at the centre of dishes. And boy do they treat those vegetables well! It is so nice to be able to sit down with lots of veggie friends and share a meal, with everything on the menu tasting absolutely amazing and accessible to the whole group. The menu is changing all the time, too, and is super seasonal so every visit is a surprise.

Head chef Rob Howell was roped into breakfast duty at one of the schools we provide to and did an amazing job of getting 150 tiny children chopping fruit and making granola!

Msala Library

I live in Easton and am a regular at this place. They have some of the best dal I think I’ve ever eaten, really rich and flavourful, as well as a massive range of affordable veggie options. I have a pregnant friend who has regular cravings for their Tadka Dal. I don’t have that excuse, but I am more than happy to assist her in assuaging said cravings.

The setup is simple and homely, and the staff team are warm and welcoming. It feels like a second living room.

Tin Can Coffee Company

With two locations, one on North Street and one on Gloucester Road, I regularly pop into Tin Can Coffee for mid-week meetings or catch ups with friends. The owner, Jessie, has done an amazing job at creating two cafes that both serve up great coffee, yummy cakes and satisfying brunches with consistently lovely service. Plus, they’re dog friendly, so you often get the chance to pet a cute dog while sipping your coffee. Oh, and their smoothies are always a winner!

  • 91 Ways founder Kalpna Woolf also gave Tin Can Coffee Company a Food Friday shout out. 

About the Author

Phoebe is the Communications and Fundraising Manager at FareShare South West: a charity based in Bristol who tackle food poverty by redistributing surplus food from right across the food industry to organisations who work with those who need it most. When she’s not busy devising fundraising strategies for the charity, Phoebe enjoys trips away in her camper van, engaging with community projects in her neighbourhood of Easton and exploring the food scene across Bristol.

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