As usual the Bristol food and drink scene has been humming with activity in recent weeks.
The Linda’s Veggie Table event by Linda McCartney Foods (run by the Wild Card team) took place at the Paintworks in late May to celebrate National Vegetarian Week and was a huge success with the city’s thriving veggie and vegan community. We hope it comes back next year!
The annual Bristol Food Connections has been taking place too, with a programme packed with events, talks, dems and tastings from chefs, producers and experts from the South West and further afield. Our favourite event: a tour of Gloucester Road’s eateries for a bargainous £8. A great way to explore the amazing food on offer in the official hub of independent Bristol.
Bristol is buzzing around the fact that four of its restaurants have been included in the UK’s Top 100 in the prestigious National Restaurant Awards, which are voted by chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Casamia and sister restaurant Paco Tapas, Root in Whapping Wharf, and Wilsons on Chandos Road (known locally as “Foodie Street”) all made the top 100, proof that for a small city Bristol punches well above its weight when it comes to excellent food.
We tried the recently opened (and impossible to pronounce) Pintxo on Whiteladies Road in Clifton for lunch, and what a delight it was. Delicious Basque-style tapas served in the sunshine with friendly service – what more could you want? The chorizo croquetas are a must-try, and it has a sherry bar too (just saying). It all came in at great value too, so we would definitely recommend checking it out. Good restaurants in this area need to be supported as there’s nearly too much choice and it can’t be easy to keep customers coming through the door.
Masterchef finalist Larkin Sen continues to conquer the Bristol restaurant scene: his second Woky Ko restaurant. Kauto in Clifton is so popular it has just expanded up into the second floor and doubled the number of covers. We’re told the Asian food served there is amazing but haven’t managed to check it out for ourselves yet. It’s definitely next on the list, especially now there’s more of a chance of getting a table.
Some sad news: one of our favourite pubs to curl up with a Sunday paper after a good roast, the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells, has suddenly closed its doors. The owners blamed soaring keg and rental costs as well as family obligations. We really hope this gem of a pub reopens its doors very soon, as it will be sorely missed.
In the meantime if you’re looking for an alternative place for a roast, we love Jamaica Street Stores in Stokes Croft, which is now officially our favourite place for a Sunday roast in Bristol (we recently went two weekends in a row, we love it THAT much). The food is amazing, the décor is super cool (even the DFLs are impressed) and the team there are really nice. It does a good veggie roast too!