Shonette is back to share some of her favourite places in Bristol to grab some comfort food this autumn. 

Now that we’re heading into autumn, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Bristol food and drink to get you through the colder months, whether you decide to get cosy at home or head out to a nice bar or restaurant.

The Gallimaufry

The Galli has been one of my favourite places in Bristol since it opened back in 2014. This bar-lounge-restaurant does everything so well, from brunch to great value small plates in the evening, plus a winning drinks selection. The seats are comfy and there’s always a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, so it’s somewhere I can happily spend a few hours reading or eating. Plus they have a large heated terrace which is great for people watching.


I’ve been waiting years for a quality German restaurant to open in Bristol, so I am very excited that Klosterhaus has now arrived in Quakers Friars, and the interior is worth a visit alone! You can either go for the sturdy traditional options of currywurst, steins of beer and schnitzel, or there are several lighter or meat-free dishes too. My choice has to be the Butcher’s Plate, which has several meat specialities and is perfect for sharing with friends.

Klosterhaus Restaurant Interior

Image: Klosterhaus Restaurant Interior


I can’t think of something more comforting to eat than pie, mash and gravy, and Pieminister are the masters. My go-to order is the Moo & Blue (beef and Stilton) pie with mash, minty mushy peas, Cheddar cheese, crispy onions and gravy - it’s so filling and satisfying! They also do some great puddings but I’m always too full, so make sure you go hungry.


Image: Pieminister 

The Strawberry Thief

There’s something about cold weather which makes me crave darker or fruitier beers, so naturally I head to Strawberry Thief who do an impressive range of beers from across the world, specialising in Belgian beers but also stocking a good selection of Bristol breweries too. Their food menu also has some good snacks and heartier dishes, probably wise if you’re planning on having more than one of their stronger beers!

/dbimgs/Credit The Strawberry Thief

Image: The Strawberry Thief 


Not only do Swoon do a superb range of award-winning gelato, but their Ciocolata Calda (hazelnut hot chocolate) has also won gold at the Great Taste Awards. It’s next-level delicious but not many people seem to know about it! You can have it as a drink or a sauce on your gelato, and there is nothing more enjoyably indulgent on a cold day, trust me.


Image: Swoon

Home deliveries

For the days when it’s too cold or rainy to venture outside (who doesn’t love a duvet day during winter), I love ordering a feast to enjoy at home - I’ve also been known to order some baked treats for the weekend from Bakers and Co, or a pre-mixed cocktail and steak kit from Hyde at Home if I’m feeling fancy!

Otherwise my usual delivery choices are from Beirut Mezze for a range of Lebanese dishes, Fat Rice for comforting Malysian food, Bertha’s Pizza for some of the best pizza in town, or Tsukemono for their colourful and delicious Japanese meals.


Image: Tsukemono - credit Shonette

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Shonette works for Visit Bristol and also writes about Bristol food and drink for a range of websites and magazines. You can read more on her blog A Life Less Organised.


The Gallimaufry
Al Fresco
The Gallimaufry

The Gallimaufry is an independent restaurant, bar, live music venue and arts space in the heart of Gloucester Rd, Bristol.

Klosterhaus terrace

Located in an iconic grade 1 listed building composed of a glamorous restaurant, bar, event spaces and outdoor terraces.

Pieminister - Broad Quay
Pieminister pie with gravy, peas, slaws and onion rings

Award winning pies, craft ales, salads, hot pots, cocktails & good times. Perfect for a spot of lunch, after work cocktails and food or even a pre theatre dinner.

The Strawberry Thief
The Strawberry Thief

Elegant and inclusive continental style bar in the creative heart of Bristol. Proudly independent, specialising in Belgian & local beers.


Authentic artisan gelato bar with a dash of Italian swagger and style.

Hyde at Home
Home Delivery
The Milk Thistle Bristol whisky cocktail

You can now order bottles of pre-made cocktails, wine, beers, spirit packages and more on the new website, all safely delivered to your door within four miles of Bristol.