With events for this year’s Bristol Pride in swing until 16 July, we asked the team behind the annual celebration to share their #FoodFriday picks.

The Pride march and festival have been postponed for now but there are still lots of events to get involved with over the next week – the Queer Vision film festival, Werk It ballroom party, games night, improv workshop and more.

Now over to the Bristol Pride team for some top foodie recommendations... 

Bristol Pride team in front of rainbow First Bus

Image - Bristol Pride team and First's new Pride bus, credit Jon Craig

Eve, Festival Director

Caper and Cure is my new go-to for dinner and drinks with friends or date night with my partner, I’ve been twice in the last week! It’s got a lovely cosy atmosphere and the food is really delicious – most of it locally sourced and great quality. It’s not been open for long so doesn’t have the sort of rep that means you can’t get a table but that won’t last.

Hidden Corner is a QTIPOC-owned café and bookshop that’s just opened up right by the Pride office. They do really great coffee, cakes and have daily specials for lunch. They also have a fantastic book shop specialising in books by and for the POC and LGBT+ community.

Rebecca, Queer Vision Film Festival Programmer & Producer

How do you choose? 

Biblos, in Stokes Croft, is a Bristol institution. The cauliflower, halloumi tahini wrap and those pickles – it used to be my post-yoga ritual.

The best pizza in Bristol popped up over lockdown. Run by a friend's Italian partner in their garden pizza oven, Back Garden Pizzeria (@backgardenpizzeria on Instagram) is amazing and I'd recommend the homemade tiramisu for dessert. 

My favourite bakery at the moment is Farro, their pastéis de nata are to die for, and shout out to East Bristol Bakery whose pastries got me through the first lockdown. I really love Swoon, on College Green. The coffee and salted caramel gelato are my faves and I love that it’s open until 10pm. 

Three Swoon gelatos

Image - Swoon

I realised the places I missed and cherished the most during the last year were bakeries, cafes (Small Street Espresso, Little Victories and the lovely bunch at Society Café who affectionately named me the Watermelon Woman), places of connection, regular faces, chance encounters, and little moments of conversation as well as amazing food.

Daryn, Director Sponsorship & Programming

There are so many amazing places in Bristol – this is a tough choice. But if I had to pick that one place that I'd always say YESSSS to or take visiting friends to, it’s Squeezed in Wapping Wharf. Their burgers and homemade old-fashioned lemonade are award-winning for a reason. With the Harbourside as your backdrop, the St Werburger is the one for me, and even as an onion hater they've won me over with their incredible confit shallots. Be sure to get the Gochujang burger sauce for your fries because it is magic!

I must also give a shout-out to Desy Thai, a familiar face at many Bristol festival food stalls including Bristol Pride. On a sunny day with the vibes of Bristol, I'm missing those amazing Thai flavours and mouth-tingling sweet and spicy papaya salad.

Steph, Volunteer Co-ordinator

Eat Your Greens is my dream eatery. Plants hang overhead, friendly humans greet you with smiles behind cakes that make you coo. Queer owner and Head Chef Babs Greaves has created a real experience where you feel looked after and nourished. The menu is vegan and mostly gluten free, but this isn't important (unless you're vegan and/or gluten free) because the main thing is that the food is exceptional. Good for date night, book for Supper Club, excellent for a roast, eat The Hunk. And if you want further experience, you can hit warp speed in the toilets, the final frontier.

Jeevan Sweets: one of everything, please! It is 100% vegetarian Indian food and transports you to another land. Basically, time travel. The menu is far away from your average menu. I love the dal kachori chaat and the gobhi Manchurian – my mouth is watering thinking about it! Take a few friends and order a table full of happiness.

Ollie, Admin & Design Assistant

Falafels and hummus, what more do you need! Eat a Pitta offers the most delicious range of flavoursome and tasty food. You're always greeted with mountains of salad, and more variety than you can ever imagine! I’ve never had a disappointing trip to Eat a Pitta. This is my go-to place for a great tasting, but most importantly feel good lunch or dinner.  The falafels are something else, you have to try it to believe it!

About Bristol Pride

Bristol Pride is a registered charity (1166817) and works all year round to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and to promote equality and diversity, for all, through various events and activities which include school visits, campaigns, talks to business, consultation services and lobbying.

Bristol Pride is a volunteer-led not for profit charity and has quickly become one of the UK's key Pride festivals, winning a number of awards including being named in the Top30 Global Pride events, and Best Event in the 2019 Bristol Life Awards. The festival was named as one of only four UK pride events to make the Global Top50 world Pride’s (HomeToGo).

Pride is a bold celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community and as well as an opportunity to combat the rising incidents of hate crime taking place in Bristol and the UK aims to highlight the plight of LGBT+ people across the world especially in EU countries. 

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