This #FoodFriday, find out where Clem Balfour – the yogi and foodie behind Yoga Brunch Club – loves to eat in Bristol.

Yoga Brunch Club founder Clem Balfour

January does have a habit of bringing that familiar post-Christmas slump, where too many mince pies, Christmas films and long stints sat on the sofa leaves us all reaching for a green juice or healthy salad. Luckily Bristol is full of delicious (and healthy!) places to eat, drink (a little less!) and get us moving again.

I’ve been living north of the river for the last 3 years and have been spoilt for choice on Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft with great breakfast spots and cafes to pick from. Here are a few of my favourites;

The Lido Restaurant

If you are feeling a little sluggish after all the festivities, then a trip to The Lido would be my best recommendation. Once you are inside it feels like a complete oasis and break from the city. You can book in for a breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner package, so you can swim and use the spa first before sitting down to the delicious tapas and small plates menu with a view of the pool.

On Tuesday nights you can BYO wine to have with a meal, or if you are off the booze this month they do a great Virgin Mary or lime and cucumber cooler.

Fed 303

If you don’t mind a bit of walk, head up to the top of Gloucester Road to Fed 303. Not much of a hidden gem anymore as it’s always packed, go on a weekday or try and get there early.

They have a great breakfast and brunch menu, which is served all day – I think they serve one of the best breakfasts in Bristol. Lunch options include the delicious seasonal Fed bowl packed full of a mix of salads or roasted veg. Make sure you leave some space for a cake or take one home with you – the display at the till is really quite impressive.

The staff are so friendly and always happy to help or offer some suggestions if you are struggling with what to pick from the menu. I recommend the poached eggs and harissa tomatoes on sourdough and one of the iced teas.

Emmeline

Part plant shop, part independent café and take away pit stop, serving up great coffee, fresh juices and smoothies and a good selection of daily salads and homemade soup or toasties. Prices are really reasonable and salads come with a tasty side of toasted bread and chillies and jalapenos (all optional).

It’s a lovely spot to sit in while you wait, and the café sells a beautiful selection of plants, local products and cookbooks. The owner Shona is lovely and has an incredible knowledge for all the plants in the shop and how to keep them alive. They also just added vegan croissants to the menu!

Farro Bakery

We are spoilt for choice for great bakeries in Bristol, but Farro has to be my top pick right now. You may already know them as a firm favourite at the Tobacco Factory Market on a Sunday. Farro recently opened up on Brunswick Square in their first permanent head-quarters, located in the former entrance lobby of an office building.

It would be quite easy to walk straight past but is worth seeking out for great coffee, fresh loaves, pastries and one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. It’s open Wednesday to Friday – come for the daily sandwiches, stay for the coffee and a cannoli.

Yoga Brunch Club

If you are looking to try something different, come along to a Yoga Brunch Club event. I run these monthly, partnering with different chefs and cooks from around the UK to create a calming and memorable morning of yoga, followed by a three-course brunch. 

There are tickets available for the event at Left Handed Giant on 9 February – join me for an hour of yoga followed by a vegetarian and vegan pizza buffet by Mission Pizza Pies and beer or kombucha.

About the author 

Clem is the founder of the Yoga Brunch Club, a yoga teacher and passionate about all things food related. When she’s not teaching, she’s exploring the various food and brunch offerings around Bristol, always on the hunt for a new collaboration or partnership for her popular events and retreats that take place in London, Bristol and around the UK.

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