Adam Howard is the General Manager of Mollie’s Motel & Diner, the modern motel-diner that’s brought American spirit to Bristol. Here’s where he loves to eat and drink when he’s off duty, from a gin lover’s hideaway to a Michelin-starred experience.

Adam Howard, General Manager of Mollie's Motel and Diner

Mollie’s Diner

I may be biased, but Mollie’s Diner is the perfect spot for an early-riser or late-nighter. Our all-day diner culture has guests covered. From build-your-own breakfast waffles and pancakes to downright decadent burgers and rotisserie chicken; from healthy salads and plant-based options to a wildly extensive dessert menu and bottomless cups of Mollie’s own artisanal house coffee blend. Mollie’s is a place for people to gather and enjoy great food with quality ingredients at the right price in a fun and cool atmosphere.

Burger at Mollie's Diner in Bristol

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Seven Lucky Gods

On a beautiful sunny day, sitting outside this place is great. Asian food, small plates, great atmosphere. The team are always super friendly and do nothing but add to the experience every time I visit.

Seaweed salad from Seven Lucky Gods

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Gin & Juice

Gin and Juice is the perfect hideaway on Park Street. It is an ideal spot to both start and finish your night. With lights so low you need to read the menu by candlelight and music at just the right volume, it has the perfect feel of a premium bar with delicious charcuterie and light bites.

It also holds a special place in my heart as its sister bar and namesake in Cardiff (my home city) is always alive on High Street, tucked away in Castle Arcade next to my absolute favourite bar, Rum & Fizz.

Oowee Diner North Street

While I hold a bias when it comes to Bristol-based Diners, this place still makes the cut. The burgers are out there, dirty and fun. A lot of vegan options which more than rival the rest of the menu too – it’s perfect for everyone. With a team that always smiles, it feels like a great place to be. If it wasn’t for my love of Mollie’s Diner, then this place would be my number one.


The personality and charisma of this restaurant really stays with you. It’s truly amazing the way you are emersed into the experience of dining here. Every course was just as exciting as the anticipation of what song would be next in rotation of the bespoke playlist on the night. The wine pairing also challenged the status quo in the best possible way. To date, Casamia definitely provided the best overall dining experience I have had in the centre of Bristol. Highly recommended.

About the author

Adam is the General Manager of Mollie’s Motel & Diner in Bristol. With a passion for delivering superb levels of service, along with a premium product that's accessible for everyone. In the true nature of hospitality Adam always wants everyone to feel welcome at Mollie’s. With a fondness for all things food and drink, he relishes the opportunity to try out as many new venues as he can as they pop up in Bristol.

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