If this is your first visit to Bristol or the UK, no doubt top of your list is trying some well-known dishes like fish and chips, afternoon tea or a good old fashioned roast dinner.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to find traditional British dishes in Bristol, and it’s up to you whether you put vinegar on your chips, or put jam or cream on your scone first!

Take your pick from pies at Pieminister

One of Bristol’s most-loved local businesses, you’ll find branches of Pieminister across the city, including in St Nicholas Market, Stokes Croft and Broad Quay in the centre. Choose from a selection of award-winning local pies, including the Moo & Blue (steak and stilton) or Kevin – their very popular vegan pie. 

Pieminister Bristol
Image - Pieminister

Taste the best local steak at The Ox

There's no better way to try British beef than in a beautifully-cooked steak, and you won't find better than at award-winning steak restaurant The Ox in the city centre. Arrive for dinner before 7pm to take advantage of their early bird offer (£15 for a 6oz rump steak, chips, sauce and a small glass of wine) or go all out and experience one of the finest dining experiences Bristol has to offer.

The Ox Bristol
Image - The Ox Bristol

Fill up on bangers + mash at The Clifton Sausage

One of the most comforting dishes we can think of, sausages, mashed potato and gravy is a British classic, and nowhere in Bristol does it as well as The Clifton Sausage. Choose from a range of sausages, including vegetarian and vegan options, all served with mashed potato or champ (mashed potato with spring onions).

Clifton Sausage
Image - The Clifton Sausage

Tuck into a delicious roast dinner at The Gallimaufry

No Sunday is complete without a delicious Sunday roast, and you won’t find any shortage of them in Bristol, but among our favourites is the one from The Gallimaufry, which is made from top quality, locally-sourced ingredients.  

1766 bar and kitchen roast dinner
Image - Bar and Cafe at Bristol Old Vic

Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Castle

Bite-sized sandwiches, beautiful cakes and scones piled high with jam and cream – afternoon tea has to be one of the most enjoyable British food traditions there is! Go for the ultimate in luxury at Thornbury Castle just outside Bristol, or in the opulent surrounds of The Ivy Clifton Brasserie. Alternatively, you can try a more modern twist at Ashwell & Co in Clifton.

Thornbury Castle afternoon tea
Image - Thornbury Castle

Sample the best of British seafood at FiSH 

Whether you want to try the best fresh crab from Dorset or sole grilled on the bone, seafood from across the British Isles is done exceptionally well at FiSH on Welsh Back in the city centre. The menu changes every month according to the seasons, and being based on a glass-fronted boat, this restaurant has some delightful views to match the food.

FiSH Bristol dish
Image - FiSH

Feast on Fish and Chips at The Cottage 

It doesn’t come much better than sitting in a cosy pub with a local ale and a plate of tasty cod and chips. The bonus here at The Cottage that you can do all that with a harbour view. Take a seat and watch the ferries, windsurfers and paddleboarders go by, while sampling some locally-made beers by Butcombe Brewery with your food.

You can also find good fish and chips (including gluten free options) at Catch 22 on Park Street and Salt & Malt, which has two branches – one in Wapping Wharf, and the other next to the picturesque Chew Valley Lake – well worth the short drive from Bristol.

The Cottage Inn fish and chips

Image - The Cottage Inn

Start your day with a Full English breakfast at Mud Dock 

An English Fry Up is known for being one of the sturdiest morning meals there is; eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, and don’t forget the baked beans! You’ll find a Full English at most cafes in the city, but you also get the added bonus of a stunning harbour view at Mud Dock. The perfect place to plan your day while taking in the scenery.

Terrace at Mud Dock

You might also like:

Pin it for later:


The Cottage Inn
The Cottage Inn

One of the best pub locations in Bristol on the historic harbour at Baltic Wharf – a great spot both Summer and Winter to watch the world of Bristol go by.

Pieminister - Broad Quay
Pieminister - Broad Quay

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 Ox Bristol
The Ox Corn Street steak

The Ox is a bastion of simple, top notch, British fayre. Situated in the heart of the Old City, you’ll find a menu packed with the choicest cuts of prime steak and tasty, meaty morsels.

Bar and Cafe at Bristol Old Vic
Dish at 1766 Bar and Kitchen

Modern yet classical setting, flooded with natural light, set right in the heart of Bristol. A fantastic multi-functional space, that offers locals a space their city deserves and offers visitors a destination to really pique their interests.

Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Castle
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Castle

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in splendid surroundings at Thornbury Castle.

Mud Dock Cycleworks and Cafe
Mud Dock

Over the last 25 years, Mud Dock Café has evolved to become one of Bristol’s most successful independent restaurants.