As the founder and curator of Finzels Reach Market, Sophie Bowden spends her working week championing Bristol’s excellent foodie traders and producers. Here’s where she loves to eat and drink in her downtime, from tapas bars to a Turkish bakery.

Sophie Bowden

Bar 44

I’ve been going to Bar 44 in Clifton ever since it opened, it never disappoints after a hard-working week. Simple pleasures such as a plate of their regional cheeses, Iberico ham and sourdough washed down with a bottle of Syrah makes me happy.

Food and wine at Bar 44 Clifton

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Whenever I’m on Gloucester Road, I always make a beeline for this little gem. I love watching the Turkish pizza being made by hand in a corner of the bakery and their heavenly syrup-soaked baklava is the perfect match for my sweet tooth.

Crying Wolf

The opulent interior and top-class cocktail making skills at Crying Wolf makes this my go-to place for late evening drinks. Cocktails are elegantly executed with staff happy to go off-piste with the menu to suit my tastes including my personal favourite; a maple rum old fashioned.


Locally sourced ingredients, seasonality and strong cocktails; Poco holds a special place in my heart. From my very first memorable experience involving a Cornish oyster to last year’s epic birthday meal; its sustainable credentials, ambience, and ability to make you very welcome makes this a jewel in Bristol’s crown.

Finzels Reach Market

I may be biased but the quality of food on offer is some of the best in the South West. Whether you come on a Wednesday for the mouth-watering street food or on a Friday for the local produce; I carefully curate each market so there is a great selection, and often something new to try each week.

Finzels Reach Market

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About the author

Sophie is founder of Finzels Reach Market and has recently launched a new producers’ market every Friday. She also started SCOFF pop-up in lockdown and runs various private and public events. When she’s not event planning, she spends her time surrounded by nature, foraging, cooking and eating. Her passion for food and travel means she loves exploring markets in faraway places, trying the local cuisine and gathering inspiration for her events.

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Finzels Reach Market
Outdoor Market
Finzels Reach Market

Finzels Reach Market is a twice weekly food market taking place every Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, with a focus on street food on Wednesdays, and a producers' market on Fridays.

Bar 44 Clifton
Meat at Bar 44 Clifton

Bar 44 is a bar and restaurant that is accessible to all, a family friendly place, offering the highest quality ingredients that showcase their passion for Spanish food and culture