With her rescue pup in tow, Sophie Saint from Saints on a Plane has been searching out foodie hangouts where hounds are welcome. Here are her top picks for #FoodFriday.

Sophie Saint from Saints on a Plane

When it comes to this time of year where we’re impatiently waiting for spring to get sprung, what else are we supposed to do other than hole up in a cosy pub? Great news: Bristol has a TON of great pubs.

And when you’ve got a new puppy who you can’t take your eye off, you don’t have to worry about getting cabin fever at home. There’s a huge range of great places that welcome our furry friends. Every walk should have a superb destination, right? Who says a pub can’t be one of them!

Old Market Assembly

Whether it’s a first date, family dinner, entertaining out-of-town friends, sun basking on their huge terrace, having a quiet drink, catching a hilarious play in the Wardrobe Theatre – I’ve done it all here. It’s such a versatile venue, serving quality grub that’s all sourced locally from sustainable providers. Their relaxed and chilled atmosphere has captured me and is always a place I recommend to any person/dog visiting Bristol. 

The Dark Horse, Church Road

This is the ultimate dog-friendly pub, which also serves up some incredible Sunday roasts! Whole roasted garlic bulbs and the best veggie nut roast I’ve encountered make it one of my top haunts (helps that it’s a 10-minute walk from my house). Plus, there’s always a squad of dogs loving life (and their free of charge doggie roast dinners) by the open roaring fire. 

Filthy XIII

This cool cocktail bar on Gloucester Road is such a welcome addition to the longest street of independents. Set up by local cocktail legend Ben Alcock last year, this has to be my favourite bar at the moment. Inventive cocktails (try the Lychee Martini), great hip hop playlists, decor that nails it and staff who are beyond friendly - what else do you need? Oh yes, they welcome pooches too!

The Christmas Steps

From bumping and grinding at wild Pride after-parties to nestling in with a vat of wine by candlelight, this is my ultimate favourite pub in the city centre. Spacious yet cosy with a decent pub garden, it’s perfect to tuck yourself away after a day of running errands... and one drink can quickly develop into a night of music with live DJs that leaves us feeling a tad special the next morning... #WorthIt. 

Tradewind Espresso

After a workout at Sweaty Betty on a Saturday morning, Tradewind Espresso is the brunch spot to refuel afterwards. Every brunch ingredient has been carefully thought out and the flavours are bloody mind blowing. From cinnamon French toast to eggs and asparagus with lemon crumb and an elderflower and apple hollandaise, get decadent for brunch. And be ready to shake the paw of many a good-looking pooch, patiently waiting for a taste... or a tasty dog-friendly treat from the girls behind the counter!

Downtown Taqueria

Ok, ok, so this isn’t dog friendly but sometimes mama needs a night off! And when I’m not on doggo duty, tequila and tacos hit the spot. 

Tacos at Downtown Taqueria are, quite frankly, the best tacos I’ve had in Bristol – and beyond. Start the evening with corn chips, guac and an icy margarita, then descend into cheese-dripping quesadillas and loaded tacos with sumptuous, inventive flavours. The menu changes every season but try to wrap your chops around their current winter menu. Catch the marinated portobello mushroom taco and the triple-fried butternut squash taco with cinnamon and orange while you still can! 

And don’t be afraid of the margarita slushies... they make a great dessert.

About the author

Sophie Saint is in charge of all things community, comms and content at MoveGB - the fitness membership and app. When she’s not busy with the fitness scene, she’s covering life at home and away on her Instagram (@saintsonaplane) and travel blog that she runs with her sister. Sophie recently got a young rescue puppy, so has been busily exploring dog-friendly spots to eat and drink!

Read last week's Food Friday: Veganuary favourites from City to Sea