For today’s #FoodFriday, we’re going on a tour of Gloucester Road with Where’s It To?, following on from their guide to Stapleton Road and Church Road.

Gloucester Road is Britain’s longest independent shopping street and such an amazing place to spend a day exploring everything that they have to offer…which is a lot! From Spanish delis to a Thai bistro, get ready for the ultimate indie food crawl.

If you haven’t seen already, Where’s It To? recently filmed a tour of Gloucester Road with street art legend Inkie. Check that out here.

El Colmado

This absolute gem of a spot is a must for any day on Gloucester Road. It’s full of the most amazing cheeses, cured meats and wines that you will ever see this side of Spain and it was named one of the best 50 food stores in the world by the Financial Times!

El Colmado also boasts an incredible tapas bar, so you can sit and eat the best paella as well as stocking up on those Iberian essentials.

Owner of Colmado on Gloucester Road holding cheeses

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If it’s sweet treats you’re after, look no further than Bristanbul. It’s full of Turkish delicacies (that means loads of baklava) and the smell of treats like savoury cookies and puddings is enough to draw you to the door. You need to try the potato and onion gozleme – it’s unbelievably good!

The Grace

On Sunday, this place does a banging roast dinner. I’m talking crispy roast potatoes and all the trimmings – what more do you want? They’ve also got a great outdoor space, so on those warmer days you can get your friends together and feast on some seasonal small plates in the sunshine.

Café Dream

This might be the ultimate spot for a cake, coffee and a couple of hours of people watching. Fatemeh makes the most unreal homemade cakes, and the decking out the front is a cracking place to spend your time watching the hustle and bustle of Gloucester Road pass you by.

Waitress serving two people at Cafe Dream at Gloucester Road

Image - Café Dream, credit Plaster

M J Dalton Butchers

When you’re after those great quality cuts of meat, then it has to be M J Dalton Butchers! With over 30 years of experience under his butchery-belt, you can expect nothing less than the absolute best. Whether you’re looking for those local goods or the more exotic choices – be sure to check them out.

Two butchers at M J Dalton Butchers on Gloucester Road

Image - M J Dalton Butchers, credit Plaster

Jean’s Bistro

This one is a bit of a Gloucester Road secret that all the locals love. Another great spot to dine outside and watch the world go by, Jean’s Bistro is at the top of Gloucester Road, and you will definitely want to spend hours there just working your way through the entire menu. Make sure to try the hot pan pork neck in barbeque spicy chilli sauce. You won’t regret it!

Jean's Bistro Gloucester Road

Image - Jean's Bistro, credit Plaster

The Golden Lion

You can’t have a day on Gloucester Road without ending up at The Golden Lion.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this gaff is a quiet local. It’s a total hotspot for music lovers and you can expect to find the best live jazz, reggae, funk and everything you could possibly desire all under one roof.

So. You’ve had some of the best food in the country, stocked up on some essentials, quietly watched the world go by with some cake and a coffee and now we’ve ended with a pint.


About the Where’s It To?

Where's It To? was created to capture the essence of Bristol's incredible high streets, their history, community and unique flavour, brought to you straight from the locals who live there. Visit the website or follow them on InstagramFacebook or Twitter to find even more gems from the city’s high streets via neighbourhood guides.

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