As Project Coordinator at Bristol Food Producers, it's safe to say Steph Wetherell knows her stuff when it comes to local food and produce. Here's where she recommends eating and drinking around the city. 

Steph Wetherell, Project Coordinator at Bristol Food Producers

Poco Tapas Bar

Poco has been a favourite of mine for years, and I find myself drawn back time and time again. I love the ever changing seasonal menu and the inspiring commitment to sourcing from local producers – going into a restaurant where I recognise a majority of the farmers they buy from is an utter joy, and the food really showcases the produce so well!

Farro Bakery

As a self-confessed sourdough geek, I find it hard to stay away from Farro Bakery for too long. Their passion for local and heritage grains makes their bread wonderfully tasty whilst showcasing what is possible with British wheat. And their pastel de nata are hands down my favourite in Bristol!

Loaves of bread at Farro Bakery

Image - Farro Bakery

The Swan With Two Necks

Boasting one of the best local beer selections in the city, I love this pub! Located in a little side road just off Old Market, this is my go-to pub if I'm in the centre and want to get away from the crowds. Alongside the great beer, there's a cracking vinyl selection and delicious sausage rolls on the bar.

Eat Your Greens

An absolutely wonderful gem of an eatery in Totterdown, the vegan menu is packed with locally sourced vegetables and full of flavour thanks to the magic touch of the owner and chef, Babs. A top choice for brunch (the carrot lox is a game-changer) or dinner, and don't forget to leave space to try one of their delicious cakes. 

Wilsons

This has to be my top choice for a special meal out. Pairing herbs, fruit and vegetables grown on their own market garden with exceptionally well sourced meat and other produce, a meal here is a real experience to be savoured that you'll remember! Every aspect of the menu and the space is so well considered – from the exceptional food to the beautiful crockery to the exsquisite wine. 

About the author

Steph Wetherell is a self-confessed farm geek. She coordinates Bristol Food Producers, an organisation that works to support the farmers and producers in and around Bristol, and increase the amount of local food in the city. When not lurking around local farms, she can be found on a coast path or hilltop, hiking her way along any footpath she can find.

The Oral Histories project has been run by Bristol Food Connections in partnership with Bristol Food Producers, and aims to reconnect people with who is growing and producing their food. Six different producers in and around Bristol share their stories of why they farm, what life as a farmer is really like, and how Covid has affected them and their businesses. Listen here

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