Inspired by Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend, marking 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen's service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth, we have whipped up a rather royal themed Food Friday.

Bristol is getting in the Jubilee spirit with everything from community street parties to royal twists on half term events, nights out and special menus. With the majority taking place this weekend, here are a few suggestions of a right royal feast anytime of the year.

Thornbury Castle

The ultimate royal destination, it was once owned by Henry VIII after all. Unleash your inner Tudor with indulgent luxury in their incredible restaurant or enjoy the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. With fresh ingredients from their kitchen garden and locally sourced produce, this is a unique setting for dining. If you are a gin fan, then the extensive gin menu will certainly be a hit, especially with a selection of 6 O’clock gins made locally in Thornbury.

Thornbury Castle Hotel exterior
Image - Thornbury Castle.

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Watched over by Queen Victoria, the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel has a fascinating history, and has entertained many famous faces during its 154 years including Cary Grant, Winston Churchill and Laurel and Hardy. During June, their afternoon tea will return, so you will be able to experience this most traditional affair in a relaxed Victorian setting.

Housed within this historic hotel, you'll also find Miller & Carter Steakhouse's flagship restaurant. The mouth-watering menu is bursting with 30 day aged British and Irish beef steaks, not to mention heavenly fish dishes and a tempting array of vegetarian options.


Image - Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.

Spicer+Cole, Royal West of England Academy

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA), located on Queens Road, is the UK's only Royal Academy of Art housed in its own, original, purpose-built gallery. Following extensive refurbishment to make the venue accessible for all, the venue reopened in May of this year.

The RWA is home to a brand-new Spicer+Cole, open Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays), serving a range of ethically sourced, fresh food and drink. With both indoor and outdoor seating, it is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or just a snack with some delicious, sweet choices.

Food on offer at Spicer+Cole at the RWA
Image - Spicer+Cole at the RWA. Credit: Alice Hendy.

The ‘Royal’ Pubs of King Street

King Street is perfect for beer lovers, with plenty of local brews, and the best of independent breweries. One end of the street is known fondly as 'The Beermuda Triangle' for its trio of top notch craft beer bars. Would you believe, this small, cobbled street boasts eight pubs! With its seventeenth century buildings and plenty of outdoor seating, it is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine.

The Famous Royal Naval Volunteer is a great place to sample beers from outstanding breweries. Try a sour or a stout for a change, and do not forget their secret roof terrace to make the most of the sunshine. They have a great menu of burgers and loaded fries, with vegan and gluten free options available.

It’s also a buzzing hub of entertainment, home to The Old Duke, world famous for its jazz music, open mic nights, comedy shows and even Bristol Old Vic Theatre, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. Within the Bristol Old Vic resides their café and bar, it's open throughout the day and is a great lunch spot. There are plenty of local drinks here too, from local brewery Left-Handed Giant as well as local ciders

Bar and Cafe at Bristol Old Vic
Image - Bar and Cafe at Bristol Old Vic.

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury, Near Bristol

One of many traditional country pubs found throughout the South Gloucestershire countryside, there is a little plaque in the lobby of the Cross Hands Hotel in Old Sodbury celebrating one of its most famous, and unexpected, visitors. In 1981, Queen Elizabeth II took shelter here during a winter blizzard. We are hoping the weather will be more welcoming this bank holiday weekend!

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