From tacos to sweet treats, travel and lifestyle blogger Victoria Watts Kennedy fills us in on her favourite Bristol eats this #FoodFriday.

Bridges and Balloons blogger Victoria Watts Kennedy

Cargo Cantina

I’m mourning the closure of Masa + Mezcal (a casualty of lockdown) but luckily their sister restaurant Cargo Cantina has survived and is serving up Bristol’s best and most authentic Mexican food. I’m a huge fan of the tacos plus they do a cheesy potato dish that’s simply divine. And don’t forget a margarita too – they do tequilla or mezcal, and you can also do tasting flights of both spirits.

Cargo Cantina is in Wapping Wharf, which also has loads of other great restaurants, and is always buzzing at the weekends. It’s good for a family day as kids tend to love seeing all the boats and there’s an ice cream parlour too.

The Lido Restaurant

The Lido is my favourite place to go for a bit of escapism – it feels a world away from city life and I’m dreaming of the day I can be a member. For now, a visit to the restaurant, sitting on one of the poolside tables on a sunny day, feels like a little holiday. Personally I prefer the bar menu of tapas to the main restaurant.

Bianchi’s

The best thing to happen around Stokes Croft in lockdown was the opening of Bianchi’s as a deli and take away. It’s normally a full restaurant, one of five run by a stellar team who have transformed Bristol’s Italian offering. And oh my, is it good! They serve take-away pizza, pastas, sandwiches and pastries. And their sweet counter is amazing – don’t miss the pistachio doughnuts.

The pasta dishes include some of the favourites from their suite of restaurants including Pasta Loco’s perfect Cacio e Pepe. Pasta Loco is also currently operating as a take away and deli – one thing they have that Bianchi’s doesn’t is some delicious loaded fries. To be honest I’ll be kind of sad when the restaurant returns as I’ll really miss the deli.

At The Well

Another local for me is At The Well, which I think is one of Bristol’s most charming cafes. It doubles as a launderette and they did lots of helpful outreach to the community during lockdown. In fact, the whole place is focused on community spirit. They’re known for their pancakes and they also do some great cakes and hot chocolates (the orange liqueur one is my favourite!).

Caper and Cure

I used to love Caper and Cure as a café, but they’ve been steadily transforming themselves into one of Bristol best high-end but affordable restaurants, serving a seasonal menu with local and organic ingredients. It’s all done to perfection and the whole place has a friendly, informal vibe, filled with people who love their food. The Sunday roasts are some of the best in Bristol.

Sweet Treats

I have a sweet tooth and feel I could stake a claim to queen of Bristol’s sweet treats – not for making them, but for knowing where to find them! Some of my favourites include gourmet doughnuts delivered by Millinut; the most abundant cake display at Ahh Toots; huge cookies and exquisite cake cubes from Anna; everything chocolate from Mrs Potts Chocolate House; pastries from Bakers & Co; and fun glazed doughnuts from The Secret Larder.

About the author

Victoria blogs at Bridges and Balloons, a travel blog all about travel to special places and discovering the creative side of a city. She can also be trusted to track down the best cakes, bookshops and unique places to stay. See her guides to Bristol’s best restaurants, the best brunches in Bristol and the best delivery treats in Bristol.

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Cargo Cantina bar

CARGO Cantina is inspired by the authentic Cantinas of Mexico, traditionally forbidden to women, children and men in military uniform, where hombres used to drink around the bar with snacks.

The Lido Restaurant
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Critically-acclaimed restaurant overlooking The Lido in the Clifton area