Find out where Amelia Twine, founder of the UK’s first Sustainable Fashion Week and local foodie, loves to eat in Bristol this #FoodFriday.  

I used to head up Eat Drink Bristol Fashion alongside Josh Eggleton, Luke Hasell and Nick Roberts and so worked with many of Bristol’s amazing chefs through our annual event in Queen Square and our restaurants Yurt Lush, Chicken Shed and Root. I loved getting to know the Bristol food hot-spots, but always felt behind the curve as there was always more to try and some amazing new restaurant concept to visit. 

Amelia Twine, founder of Sustainable Fashion Week

Gambas

This is my go-to spot for a relaxed but delicious dinner out. I love small plates and the fluidity of each dish arriving as and when it’s ready. I can’t get enough of their fried aubergine and molasses, and plus I can pinpoint the moment I ‘found’ negronis to a dinner at Gambas. 

Albatross Cafe

For the decor and the pink and green cups as much as for the food and coffee… Albatross just makes me smile internally. Its simple and unfussy atmosphere always flicks that inner switch – that everyone has – of wanting to open my own cafe. I come here to work (when Covid allows and I need a break from my home office) or for crumpets heaped with figs, honey and mascarpone. 

Little Victories

My favourite coffee spot. This little coffee heaven literally saw me and my two boys through Covid lockdowns – we’d be there almost every day when it was open to pick up caffiene, hot chocolates and banana bread to get us round yet another loop of the harbour. The hot buttered banana bread on a cold day is just the ticket, although I’ve quite literally had a scuffle with a seagull over one slice. 

Souk Kitchen, North Street

I am yet to head back to Souk Kitchen since it’s reopened but it’s a future treat worth savouring. Unbelievably delicious Middle Eastern mezze and cocktails/spritzers flavoured with fresh herbs and floral waters. Tip – always order the Zatar flat bread to dip into things but don’t eat it all before your other dishes arrive! Easily done. 

Root

I’m proud of being part of the team that put Root together. The food is amazing, and I think essentially all restaurants should follow this format of being vegetable-led, with meat on the side. An accessory to the dish, if you will. I’m no longer working in food, but try to get back to Root once a year or so to savour the ideal kind of menu and feel inspired. 

Pump House

I’ve been taking my family to the Pump House for years – an absolute staple. By the water, a big enough space so people don’t get too annoyed with my loud and abrasive children and great food. 

About the author

Amelia worked in the restaurant industry for a number of years – pursuing an agenda of sustainability in hospitality – before moving into sustainable fashion in 2018. She now runs Sustainable Fashion Week (SFW), a non-profit project working to make sustainability in fashion more relevant, accessible and inclusive.

SFW is based in Bristol and will see a packed programme of community-led mini events and workshops between 11-19 September. Everyone is welcome to take part! Get in touch through their website and find them on Instagram and Facebook too.

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Gambas
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Gambas Bristol

Gambas is the sister restaurant to Bristol institution Bravas. Their menu is made up of signature dishes that they have enjoyed on our trips to Spain.