Film fans, save the date – Cinema Rediscovered is back next week from Wednesday 28 July to Sunday 1 August. Organised by Watershed, this annual festival showcases brand new restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities in and around Bristol.

Ahead of its return, we spoke to festival producer Maddy Probst about where she loves to dine out in the city.

Maddy Probst from Cinema Rediscovered

Souk Kitchen, Southville

Thankfully, I have to remember to book in advance to get a table at this always popular Middle Eastern bistro in my neighbourhood, or else I would be there every night of the week. The fresh dips and flat breads are a feast for the senses, the décor is inspired, the staff are a delight and the Moroccan mint tea is the sweetest thing to end a night on.

Fi Real

Wholesome Jamaican vegan cuisine like you’ve never tasted before. Their jerk tofu and spicy kale is to die for (even better with sides of rice and peas and fried dumplings), plus the homemade kicking ginger juice is super tasty.

Al's Tikka Grill

From the outside, family run Al's Tikka Grill, a greasy spoon café by day, may not look like much (especially with the current scaffolding up). But come nighttime, they serve some of the tastiest curries in Bristol including lots of veggie options. It’s great value for money, and my number one Friday night takeaway choice.

The Pony North Street

I was taken there for my birthday for a special treat after months of lockdown and loved everything about it from the moment I walked in. The smell of wood burning reminded me of home (Switzerland). The Orkney scallops, rainbow trout and local cheeses that followed were a thing of beauty… I love cooking at home but remember thinking, there’s no way I could have made any of this. Hats off to Holly and Josh Eggleton.

Poco Tapas Bar

A café by day, candlelit tapas joint by night, this is small plate heaven, including plenty of seasonal West Country produce and veggie options. The courgette and rhubarb ganoush and Cornish new potatoes are current favourites but there’s plenty more to explore…

Bristol Sweet Mart

I cycle across Bristol to BS5 for some of the irresistible treats on offer at family run Bristol Sweet Mart’s deli counter. The veggie samosas, paneer and spinach bhajiva and Indian sweets (especially the Gajar Halwa) are a delight. Plus there’s an amazing selection of spices, herbs, veg and breads.

About the author

Maddy Probst is the Producer of Cinema Rediscovered taking place in and around Bristol from Wednesday 28 July to Sunday 1 August celebrating the return of the big screen experience with a line-up of brand-new restorations, rediscoveries and events at cinemas including Watershed, Arnolfini, Curzon Cinema & Arts and 20th Century Flicks and online.

Maddy has always had a passion for music, film and fell in love with Bristol when she moved here aged fourteen. She has spent much of her working life creating opportunities for local talent as well as advocating for the cinema sector here in Bristol and internationally in her capacity as Vice-President of Europa Cinemas. She joined Watershed in 2002 and is currently leading various British Film Institute initiatives in the region including Film Hub South West and BFI NETWORK South West, enabling more people to show, watch and make films where they are with the support of National Lottery.

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