For those of us who made the swap from city centre to home offices during lockdown, there’s one thing we’ve probably all missed: exciting lunches from our favourite cafes and restaurants. And seeing our colleagues outside of a Zoom call, of course!

As Bristol’s fantastic food and drink scene continues to safely and responsibly reopen, there’s now a chance to treat yourself to something other than homemade sandwiches and reconnect with your teammates in person. Whether you feel comfortable doing so in one of our lovely green spaces or seated inside, your options are not limited. 

Here are just a few suggestions of places to plan a lunchtime catch up outside of the office or away from your work-from-home desk. Grab a table, walk and talk, or picnic in one of the giant socially distanced hearts decorating the city parks. 

Friska - Harbourside

Friska is a city-wide favourite, with eight Bristol branches in total. They’re back to cooking up fresh and feel-good fast food at their conveniently central Harbourside cafe on Cathedral Walk. Delicious khobez wraps and burritos have made it onto the lunchtime ‘best-seller menu’ that’s currently running. 

If you’ve visited before you’ll notice a few new changes such as floor markings, sanitising pump stations and perspex screens, there to make sure you have a safe experience. Download the Friska loyalty app for the handy option of click and collect, plus the chance to earn some tasty rewards.  

Flat lay of various dishes at Friska Harbourside

Image - Friska Harbourside  


For somewhere to treat your team and say thank you for their hard work through these tense times, book a table at Riverstation. With plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, they’re running a reduced contact experience but with the same warm welcome, inspiring dishes and unrivalled Harbourside views. All that adds up to an impressive setting for more formal meetings too. 

If that wasn’t enough to entice you in, they’re also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme from 3-31 August. Plan your meeting on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday for half-price food. 

Riverstation terrace on Bristol Harbourside

Image - Riverstation 


Another waterside venue is Mackenzies on Canon’s Road. Head to this cafe-bar and you’ll find a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a casual catch up with your best workmates. They’ve got a menu to suit every appetite - choose from brunch dishes (served until 3pm), tapas and other lighter options, as well as burgers, pizzas and pub classics. Although not essential, booking is advised.

Coffee with latte art from Mackenzies Bristol

Image - Mackenzies 


The first meeting in a while calls for something a little special, so for a change from the usual coffee round, how about a bubble tea? The cult drink is made of refreshing flavoured fruit or milk tea with tapioca pearls. Find bubble tea specialists Bubbleology on Queen’s Road, where they whip up flavours ranging from colourful Utopian specials with names like Mermaid and Pixie, to the more familiar sounding vanilla chai, chocolate and matcha.  

An orange and a green bubble tea at Bubbleology Bristol

Image - Bubbleology, credit Plaster

Franco Manca

As the ultimate no-cutlery-required food, pizza in the park is ideal for your lunchtime get-together. Swing by Franco Manca on Clare Street en route to a heart on either College Green or Queen Square, both of which are around a five-minute walk away. The Neapolitan chain are sourdough pizza pioneers, with every one made fresh to order with delicious ingredients and topping combinations. 

Franco Manca takeaway pizzas

Image - Franco Manca

We hope you enjoyed this content, it was funded by Bristol City Centre BID, as part of the #BristolTogether campaign. Please note the latest Government guidelines require you to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in indoor settings and where social distancing may be difficult. You are permitted to meet in groups of no more than six people. Please socialise responsibly.  

In partnership with Visit Bristol, Business West, Broadmead BID, the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council. The project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through HM Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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